Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thought experiment

You might have noticed that the response of the U.S. and U.K. governments to the antics (is that the right word?) of Edward Snowden has been astonishingly clumsy and has only gone to reinforce the narrative he wanted to tell -- of governments out of control, undemocratic, and arrogating power. Forcing down the plane of the democratically elected president of a member state of the Organization of American States, with which we are and always have been at peace, based on a completely false assumption, was really, really stupid. Detaining a Brazilian subject who is merely transiting through your airport, for nine hours, on no relevant suspicion, aggressively interrogating him and stealing all his electronic gear, knowing that whatever information it contains already exists in multiple copies all over the world, is totally idiotic.

There's actually more but you get the idea. Why are they doing this? The spookmasters, including Msrs. Obama and Cameron and their underlings, are red in the face with frustration. The whole point of the secret "national security" apparatus is the unaccountable exercise of power. Here are a couple of nobodies who are openly taunting them and laughing in their faces, and they can do nothing about it. Gen. Clapper lies awake at night dreaming of droning Snowden, Assange and Greenwald.

But he can't. They are citizens of anglophone countries, and of European descent. Well okay, Greenwald is a homosexual Jew, but that's not the same thing as an Arab, you can't just murder him at will.

Try this. Change Snowden's name from Edward to Mohammed, put a beard on him, and move him from Russia to Yemen.

3-2-1 Blam! Am I wrong?


Don Quixote said...

Right on, Cervantes! We are a racist country--ironic, no, avec Monsieur Obama at the helm? Or perhaps he's O'Bama, and he's Irish?

mojrim said...

What the airplane demonstrates is that the colonial narrative is still going strong.

Anonymous said...

great post, really, thanks C.


Cervantes said...

Thanks Ana. Loved Basel by the way, our cities totally suck in comparison.