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On letting the bastards win

Today a very interesting fact was brought to my attention. One reason it may have been so difficult to obtain support for this website within Iceland is that I pissed off the wrong people.

As soon as I was presented with the evidence, a whole bunch of other seemingly innocuous things started to appear suspicious.

The insane thing about situations like these is that they’re hard to talk about without seeming paranoid or delusional. Yet we know this: within Icelandic society there is a vast amount of oppression and silencing. Some of the people in the eBook talked about it; in fact one of the interviewees – Tryggvi – ranted about it at length. Some of you commented that he seemed like an embittered old man and even somewhat delusional. I don’t think so. While I don’t agree with all his views [“communists” etc.] I think he’s spot on about a lot of things. He also happens to be at an age [75] where he can say what he wants and it would no longer have an adverse impact on his life.

I also happen to know that some of the interviewees would have said much more about certain things if they had not been afraid of the repercussions. In fact they went to great lengths to formulate their words in such a way as to not offend anybody – yet still say them.

It’s a terrible feeling to have a sense of something sinister at work behind the scenes – something designed to silence you. And that if you don’t obey, your livelihood may be threatened.

I don’t mean to sound cryptic, but I know that if I were to voice my suspicions it would be very easy to turn the tables, ridicule and discredit me, and I really don’t want to go there. Suffice it to say that, despite the meltdown, Black Report, investigations, and a supposed new awareness among the nation, the dark shadow of oppression is still very much present, and those who were some of the key players in the meltdown still exert a great deal of influence. Either directly, or via their cronies and associates.

Today, for the first time in the 16 years since I moved back to Iceland, I felt a powerful impulse to pack up my life and get the hell out of here. Yet also a deep anger at the thought of letting the bastards win.

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  • idunn May 12, 2010, 5:48 pm

    To paraphrase the time honored, and true, saying: ‘Just because I’m paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get me.’

    Iceland being what it is, I doubt you will meet the same fate as Anna Politkovskaya, she having displeased a certain Mr. Putin. However, as implied, it could well explain why a certain airline or others might have been reminded where their greater interest lies, when they might otherwise have advertised.

    Not an easy thing this, nor ever any guarantee of success. But those preferring the dark are inevitably shown as mortal when exposed to the light. In this world the monuments of the mightiest can and will crumble to dust. They are but the affairs of men.

    But whether it is best or not to adopt the qwest of Don Quixote, in reality or what may feel as much like it or not, depends on one’s heart. There may always be scoundrels in this world, as well as the ignorant, the uncaring and the unaware. Then in some balance those seeking to address the greater wrongs, a more just and better society. Each perhaps a place. Whether it was ever worth it to them they must at last answer to their maker, or themselves in quieter moments. The answer perhaps in how they best define life, and how loved.

  • alda May 12, 2010, 5:56 pm

    Thanks, Idunn. Thankfully Iceland is not Russia, as you point out. However, you are quite right: a certain airline has certain owners and certain employees and certain interests. And certain associates that, in turn, have other associates and interests. Such is business on our fair little isle and whether or not that can be changed remains to be seen.

  • The Fred from the forums May 12, 2010, 8:39 pm

    In a fantasy novel by George R. R. Martin, one of the characters sets forth a parable. I paraphrase:

    A soldier stands before a king, a priest, and a merchant who are contending for power. The king says “Slay the others and follow me, because I am your rightful king”. The priest says “Slay the others and follow me, because God commands it”. The merchant says “Slay the others and follow me, because I will give you this bag of gold”.

    Who wins?

    Whomever the soldier believes. The point of the parable is that power is where people agree that it is, and nobody has any power without the consent of others.

  • hildigunnur May 13, 2010, 2:10 pm

    Peter – a communist style command, yes maybe, but almost always under the right wing IP. And Rik I think you’re right, there definitely are loaded questions in the polls; also there are tons of people declining to answer, plus the IP party diehards are the most likely to want to answer.

  • Wirplit May 18, 2010, 2:13 pm

    Do continue to be brave. You are facing a kind of Mafia. They are often very powerful in smallish societies like yours. You may recall the recent events concerning the horrifying abuse of children in a children’s home in Jersey which is an island much smaller than yours. The truth was covered up for years and only part of it ever revealed. When there are powerful elements in danger of being exposed then they will gang together and when there are millions are stake and possible jail sentences then dont expect openness or a charm offensive. They will fight with whatever weapons they can command. One cannot enter into any kind of war even the war to get the truth out without needing the spirit of the warrior or the investigative journalist. Easy to say of course from safe in the UK but it seems to me that the people in Iceland want the truth so try and be fearless. Once the indictments start and real pressure is applied the rats will tend to start to rat on each other…