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Frustrated Mess
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posted 14 June 2008 04:25 AM      Profile for Frustrated Mess   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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The US and Britain immediately pledged $90 million in famine relief. Just one week after its appeal to the international community for famine relief, the Ethiopian Government increased their military budget by $50 million to $400 million. The regime in Addis Ababa—when I knew them in the 1980s, they were pro-Albanian Maoists—are the most militarised and heavily armed in Africa. They are in a state of perpetual war or preparation for war with one neighbour, Eritrea, and they are supporting anti-Government rebels in Sudan, many believe with western connivance.

Most astonishingly of all, the Government of Ethiopia—that starving country whose little children are fly infested, kwashiorkor swollen, famished and famine stricken—have been encouraged, armed, trained, financed and otherwise facilitated to invade and occupy their neighbour, Somalia, and create a reign of terror in that land, which is testified to by this voluminous Amnesty International report, which, if I had time, I would extensively quote from.

Somalia has lost thousands of dead as a result of the Ethiopian invasion. Millions have been displaced. Somalia, under Ethiopian occupation, is the grimmest prison state in Africa—far worse than Mugabe's Zimbabwe. Who has done the encouraging, the arming, the training, the financing and the facilitating? The same US and British Governments who donated the $90 million to the same Ethiopian Government who are burning their money and burning the villages, the neighbourhoods and the people of occupied Somalia.

This Government are never done talking about the shortcomings of African leaders. Just last week in Rome, the Secretary of State for International Development was roaring at Robert Mugabe, yet there has not been a squeak out of him, or any other Minister, about the much bigger crime in which we are ourselves deeply complicit. Is it any wonder that African opinion considers so much of what we have to say about misgovernance in Africa to be the deepest, most cynical hypocrisy?



George Galloway

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Fidel
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posted 14 June 2008 12:08 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is way more important than end of the world predictions. Death is all around us everywhere. BUMP!
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munroe
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posted 14 June 2008 02:15 PM      Profile for munroe     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Fidel, you are, as almost always, correct. The world is plagued by this nonsense, this dual standard and this racism in a manner that has no true perspective. Money for butter, frees money for guns and that is crowed about if it serves capitalism and its interests.

... and there are those on the left who still doubt Che and those who sought an end to the insanity.

As a going away present, I would put the Bushies, Blairs and all of their defenders in a luxury palace built on an unstable part of the Antartic ice. Let them have a great life while it melts into a frigid ocean grave.


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posted 14 June 2008 02:48 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Originally posted by munroe:
As a going away present, I would put the Bushies, Blairs and all of their defenders in a luxury palace built on an unstable part of the Antartic ice. Let them have a great life while it melts into a frigid ocean grave.

Yes, or we could banish all of the superrich and powerful to a lush and green Caribbean island.

And we could encourage them to have free and fair elections and delegate all economic roles and necessary tasks to each other, from usurous banking to ditch-digging.

And we might inflict a painful, decades-long trade sanctions amounting to medieval siege by our own arbitrary whims. It could be an interesting experiment.


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munroe
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posted 14 June 2008 03:00 PM      Profile for munroe     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sure, provided there was hordes of mosquitoes and limited quantities of DEET (available at a price and not tested for human consumption).

Sorry, Fidel, the possibilities and dreams are endless....


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posted 14 June 2008 03:06 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
They could always decide to allocate precious resources and manpower for manufacturing DEET. But we would certainly encourage them to decide these things for themselves, and by doing so, encouraging and supporting democracy on their island from yonder vantage points.

They might decide that developing vaccines against tropical diseases, rare to the Caribbean and otherwise, might be more beneficial. I'm not saying one of our clandestine sub-groups would wage biological terrorism on them or anything.

[ 14 June 2008: Message edited by: Fidel ]


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posted 14 June 2008 03:11 PM      Profile for munroe     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Me neither, but it is a thought....
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