Nafissatour Diallo is the courageous woman Sweden’s foreign minister Carl Bildt should hail – not Dominique Strauss-Kahn!

21 May, 2011 at 17:24 | Posted in Politics & Society | 1 Comment

John F Kennedy once wrote:

To be courageous requires no exceptional qualifications, no magic formula, no special combination of time, place, and circumstance. It is an opportunity that sooner or later is presented to us all.

In spite of this many would probably still maintain that courage is not anything very common and that the value we put on it is a witness to its rarity.

Heroism is sometimes mistaken for courage. But courage is something else. It is rather a capability to confront fear, as when in front of the powerful and mighty – that think they stand above the law – not to step back, but standup for one’s rights not to be humiliated or abused in any ways by the rich and powerful.

Courage is to do the right thing in spite of danger and fear. To keep on even if opportunities to turn back are given. Like in the great stories. The ones where people have lots of chances of turning back, but do not – because they believe there must be some justice and rule of law in this world.

Dignity, a better life, or justice and rule of law, are things worth fighting for. Not to step back, in spite of confronting the mighty and powerful, creates courageous acts that stay in our memories and means something.

In this story there is only one victim. And it is not the former chief of IMF. It is Nafissatour Diallo. So, instead of looking the other way, Sweden’s foreign minister Carl Bildt should have paid a tribute to all these oppressed and belittled women from the third world that work hard for a living in a world ruled by men. Powerful men. Men like Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

1 Comment

  1. This time you´re also obscure, but in English.
    Your divison of individuals into victims or perpetrators is exorbitant.

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