Saturday, February 26, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

It is no surprise that there are American government connections to the Libyan opposition.  Until recently, Gadaffi was Public Enemy No. 1 to the Americans.  Reagan tried to murder him (Gadaffi broadcast the rant with the umbrella from the bombed-out building).  If you think these old connections mean that the Americans want him to fall - which will inevitably lead to Algeria and Morocco, and then the rest of the Arab world, with no guarantees that the new regimes won't be active haters of the American Empire - or even were involved in a conspiracy with the opposition, you really ought to seek medical attention.

Rabble thread on the contradictions of the 'left' on Gadaffi (raised by the Castro/Chavez comments).  This posting is good.  Gadaffi ten years ago isn't the Gadaffi of today.  He's gone 'Mr Kurtz' on the people of Libya (which isn't to say I buy the huge casualty counts, although the absence of media coverage - Gadaffi's own fault - has encouraged deception).  Dictators, even well-meaning ones with legitimate claims to patriotic service, all seem to develop rationalizations for denying a political voice to the people, rationalizations which turn into a form of mental illness.

"Goldman is a cult. It goes through elaborate and protracted screening processes to find people who are particularly eager (one might say desperate) to work there, which means they are preselected for their belief in the firm's superiority. It goes to more extreme lengths than most Wall Street firms to enforce norms as well as rules (for instance, in my day, young associates were encouraged to have their summer shares in a particular Hamptons town. Being expected to have your social life wrapped up with fellow co-religionists is a cult phenomenon. Reports from recent summer associates lead me to believe the cult aspects are cultivated far more deliberately than in the past)."

The monsters are finding it harder to stifle the truth (why does my computer security send up a warning whenever I try to visit this site?).

I think a fitting conclusion to the Assange case, and a fitting tribute to the evil Ny, would be for the European Court of Human Rights to strike down the totality of Swedish rape laws for being impossibly vague and unfair.
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