World Run II / Reports
The map shows the position of which the pictures for the day are taken (if any). The start and finish markers are placed at the first and last valid registered position. This is not nessesary the actual start and finish position, if GSM or GPS signals was not available.
Distance today: 42.0 km (Accumulated: 24220.0 km)
Elapsed time: 03:58:49
Start 09:10am., 17c, l. wind, clear. At black & white km-marker "km 404" at hwy. 143 to Mendoza. Finish 14:57pm., 33c, humid and same. At black & white km-marker "km 820" at hwy. 188 to Mendoza.
- After the report two days ago, commenting on the news of the intervention in the Libyan conflict, I have collected some more information on the conflict and tried to understand also the "other" and more popular view: that other nations cant look as the conflict unfolds, but needs to take active part.
And Yes, I can understand the point !
Certainly its difficult to passively watch as a government is using its military force to strike at people which disagree with it. It has unfortunately been seen several times before, also in western world countries, and its always a hurtfull sight !
And Yes, there is probably a chance that bombing the government forces will help ease the conflict. As there is a chance that it will do the opposite.
- What makes me stand by my words (though I sincerely appologize if they offend !!) is that I find it had to see how we would have accepted a similar intervention had it been in our own country on our own territory !
There has been any number of times times through the history of nearly Any European country where a government/king/oligarki has ruled to the dismay of a part of the population. And where that part of the population has rebelled against the system of rule.
Yet, would we in any of those cases have accepted interference from an outside supreme power - who decided which side should have the upper hand ? Who decided our countries values for us ? I very strongly doubt it. Europe has developed its values through centuries of 'evolution', values which I deeply respect. But, I see no signs whatsoever that bombing democracy into a country has ever worked. And its been tried a couple of times recently.
If anything, it may in worst case be the strongest argument people outside our culture can find against democracy. Sadly, as I know our intentions are good !
Still, my main reason to comment against the intervention (as my own country of origen, Denmark, has also joined the attacks) is that it seem to me that the word "PEACE" has lost in value the last two decades.
If there is one thing I remember clearest from growing up during the Cold War, then it is that Peace is to be desired, cherised and nurtured. Its not a given and is not to be forgotten.
But it is as if despite the joy and strong positive expectation as the Cold War ended, the reluctancy towards going to war have slowly gone. And using WAR as a proper and defendable way of solving conflicts appears to inch by political inch have become thinkable - possible - doable - obvious ?
If there is three things I value, and Enjoy through the world runs as well :-), it is Friendship no matter which culture, respectful Interest no matter which people or nature; and Peace no matter which continent.
Naive ? Maybe ! But I'll anyday prefer to be naive and stand up to those values.
Ok, almost enough politics for now. As written before, the world runs are essentially non-political and its a very rare exception that I feel the need to make a clear political comment.
The last words on this conflict from world run IIs side I leave to my good english supportdriver and cameraman, Jamie Fullbrook, who has offered his view of the conflict. The reason beeing both that his own country is now part of the conflict, and also that I feel its wrong if he automaticly is entered into my perhaps "politically incorrect" official stand in the world run reports. So, his say on all this you can find in the following:
After three or four days out of contact, I found out England has gone to war. Again. But at what cost? Iíve felt personally the decline in warmth towards the Englishman over the past 10 years through similar misguiding campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, and felt assured that it was such a feeling shared and expressed, that the government dare not tread that nuisance path again. So I am anti-war. Nothing new there.
Though I feel deeply for any loss of life, I seek the bigger picture. When there is sadly war within a country, such as today in Libya, then I believe it is simply the business of the individual country to work towards their own solution. To stand back, to respect and understand the counties circumstance through its own historical and present decisions, allowing them the freedom to evolve and to move towards their fate as best as a self-governing nation can. Time will bring them towards resolve, not impatience, intervention or imposing force. To expect constant peace and immediate balance is naÔve.
But this ideal has no place within modern, popular ethic. So let us try and helpÖ
Let us bring and practice our ideals. Let us bring a greater, more powerful war to a country already in a state of unrest. Letís escalate the situation. Lets drop bigger bombs. Letís apply economic sanctions. Letís embody the playground bully. Let us facilitate the gathering hatred towards our nation.
Who is this helping? What would be a successful outcome? Who could benefit?
I donít condone or support either side in Libya. But I support those who have been repressed and those who are working towards a cohesive existence. I wish them well, as they are the ones who deserve it. To wish anything more is beyond my entitlement.
PS: On a much more running-technical note then you will see that I today started at the same place as yesterdays start ! Why ? As much as Id like to claim that the extra km's was done in sympathy with Peace no matter in which form, then... that isnt the case: My normally very reliable endomondo gps-documentation system only tracked the first 2.5km of yesterdays short 20km stage (I was in a hurry to get to internet & news sources to learn the reasons behind the conflict and intervention). Thus the last 17.5km of the stage was not documented by other than the gps-coded pictures from the stage and my online-logbook here. And while the gps-coded pictures of me and sourroundings go a far way in documenting the run - then it does not actually prove other than that I was running at those 5-20 particular spots or places along the route (just as the case is when normal photos or video is used as "proof" of runs like this. There is a few unfortunate examples where even Guinness World Records has accepted this point-evidence instead of full documentation that its actually done by "running" from start to finish ;-)
Personally it may be overdoing it to then re-run those 20km, but when I do these runs around the world its from the perspective that eighter I do them proper all the way, or I dont do them at all :-)
So.... This day started by going back to road-marker 404 to run the 20km again ! Then followed a 22km run to atleast get a bit further up the road than where I finished yesterday.
Once I've uploaded the pictures from todays & yesterdays stages you may come upon some of the same locations. But, they were nevertheless enjoyable to see under different conditions. And, there is few better joys than to finish a day knowing you have done things the "right way" - even when the "right way" may not always be the "easy way" but the longest way..