They talked about excursions. I talked about a mechanism for action. They talked about excursions. I talked about my worries of our inability to act effectively in the rigid rank-and-file. They talked about excursions. I talked about shoring up legitimacy and recognition (because they are essential stepping stones for ground support). They talked about excursions. I talked about the need for savviness in diplomacy while being firm. They talked and talked. And talked.
I am no unionist. I have no subversive or revolutionary ambitions, but it does not mean I have no ambitions for this committee. But excursions are so utterly feeble a contribution for a committee established with far greater aims, especially so in a community so plagued with such immense resentment and tensions.
For someone who has studied colonial history, this committee is remarkably reminiscent of vapid collaborative independence movements – paper, soft, toothless, biteless, inconsequential.
Just because we are handicapped by the system does not mean we have to conform ourselves to irrelevance. Institutional action and redress is still possible with a viable mechanism.
My posters have gone up around camp to the raised eyebrows of army regulars. They smell insurgency.
But the toothless see no use for dentures. They just want liquid food and IV drips.