Wednesday, 7 August 2013
Anyone who thinks history is in the past should think harder.
Yesterday was the 68th anniversary of Hiroshima and if you want to read the Ourmani party line, it’s all here and in the links and comments. I don’t have much to add other than the observation that the present does indeed change the past, and my views are no exception. I think. I can’t remember what the party line was.
After more than a decade of the war on terror, the greatest nation the world has ever known has been, as they say in my old neck of the woods, led down the garden path. That a superpower should have allowed itself to have been brought to its knees by the actions of a handful of jihadists, beggars belief. It certainly buggers it.
Our Man hopes that the saner folk in DC will prevail against the surveillance state, a manifestation of a rampant misappropriation of a great nation’s wealth, as does the editor of Foreign Affairs, though any student of history would note that things have got a lot worse with the folks sleepwalking into the industrial military complex since Eisenhower warned our grandparents to get off their arses and do something about it.
So, back to our enlightened (and enlarged) arses of today and it’s clearer than ever as the propaganda of war rings ever more hollow that Hiroshima sits more and more squarely in an inglorious thread of the arrogance of power (or the power of the arrogant), the fallout from which is still infecting us all.
Anyway, carry on.
Labels: Lest we forget
Monday, 5 August 2013
I had written a long rant about the surveillance state and why even folk who don’t know their Snowdens from their Starbucks should still give a damn (and Gitmo, Manning and drones and terrorism horseshit) but you’ve heard it all before.
So here’s a sketch instead I called before the fireworks. Make of it what you will.
And here’s a link to what we do at Gitmo in our glorious never-ending war against terror, and why Google is the Quisling of the 21st Century.
Labels: Secrets and lies