Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Some short subjects for June
The President, confronted with Snowden's leaks and questions about the formerly "top secret" programs, said "I welcome this debate." Needless to say, had it not been for Snowden's leaks, no "debate" ever would have ensued, and a warrant was issued for Snowden today so he can be extradited from wherever they eventually find him. He'd better stay off the phone, and the internet.
Snowden reminds me of those internet wunderkinder — brilliant, alienated — only he's missing the self-serving psychopathy. How many people his age would give up 200 grand a year for the sake of conscience? That was his motivation, you know — conscience.
Syria is a mess — but then so are Iraq and Afghanistan, so it seems very unlikely that American intervention there would help in any way. Being the world's foremost "superpower" doesn't necessarily mean the USofA can do anything to impose its questionable hegemony anyplace else.
As for the "Arab Spring," it doesn't look too springy. Egypt and Libya are falling apart, and then there's that prime example of Muslim "democracy," to wit...
Ergogan, Turkey's Islamist leader, is more than a little bit out of control, and moving towards "democratic autocracy" (as opposed to our much preferable "democratic plutocracy.") Had the Biblical God allowed the Biblical Abraham to go through with the sacrifice of the Biblical Isaac, resulting in no Judaic based religions, the world might be a better place today.