I have to be brutally honest (with the risk of looking like a complete dunce in my own blog) – The first time I heard of a Molotov cocktail I was watching Big Brother Africa 5, which is arguably the best reality TV show around with a decent money prize ($100,000) for 91 days of tolerating the antics of 13 other housemates from different African countries. After a housemate is evicted from the Big Brother house, the presenter of the show would give him/her a chance to take revenge on those responsible for their exit. The ‘Molotov cocktail’ could range anywhere from having to make all the other housemates’ beds to doing a striptease for all the other housemates after breakfast, lunch and dinner…that’s on a lighter note.
The real Molotov cocktail as we all know is nothing to mess with. The name “Molotov cocktail” was coined by the Finns during Winter War to mock Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, the Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars of the Soviet Union (i.e. Soviet Prime Minister) and the People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs at the time (Wikipedia.org). So you can imagine my surprise when I switched over to Sky News to Molotov cocktails being thrown from buildings by protesters to other protesters – therein lies the enigma. The police/military are having a hard time trying to figure out which group of protesters are Pro-Mubarak and those whom are Anti-Mubarak. Even harder for these ‘peacekeepers’ is trying not to appear like they are taking sides with any of the two groups of protesters.
Mubarak is rumoured to step down as the President of Egypt but I personally don’t think this gesture will solve all of the country’s problems. The people are fed up with the rise in commodity prices and the widening gap between the rich and the poor.
Back here in Nigeria the government is still clamouring for people to get out and register for the upcoming presidential elections. I can only hope that it will be free and fair because any foul play would probably not going down too well…kinda like a Molotov cocktail.
But you’ve got to give human beings credit for taking advantage of just about any opportunity to make some money. Take a look at some of these collectibles I found whilst surfing the web. Would you buy one? 🙂
I wouldn’t buy one, just in case people a) thought I was in any way favour of these things and b) it might be read as “aim one of these ‘here'” (think bulls eye).
Re Egypt, I can only hope that a peaceful resolution can be found FAST, world leaders need to meet with all sides to get a swift (albeit temporary solution)until truly democratic elections can take place.
I don’t believe at all that 99% of the Egyptian people want their county to be in the state we see on our TV screen right now.
Yeah, except for the hooligans – the 1% that love chaos. People can only endure so much but once they reach breaking point anything is possible. God help them. Thanks KiwiD!