Greece 2011: the inmates have taken over the Asylum. Everyone flinging accusations against everyone else and abusive populism runs rampant. The train of the Greek economy, after circling round aimlessly for 30 years, is finally stopping due to imminent derailment only to be met with crowds of angry citizens all shouting and venting their frustrations, each and everyone of them convinced they know the solution (they just disagree on which is the problem per se) yet ablolutely no one has anything concrete, valid or helful to say, (and even if they do, nobody has time to listen anymore.)
My other favorite "money quote" from Obama's Afghanistan speech, pandering to the USA's superiority complex: "Like generations before, we must embrace America's singular role in the course of human events..." Yeah, uh-huh... like in Vietnam... and Nicaragua... and Iraq...
Allow me to play the devils advocate for a minute here, while it was great to hear the International criminal court has issued a warrant of arrest against Gaddafi, his son Aslam and a third individual, Justice would have seen to be done if the same zeal was applied in Myanmar, Bush sponsored war in Iraq, Killing of innocents in Gaza by Israel and Hamas, etc, the list is long. ICC may be doing the right thing but this doesn't feel just...
Apparently, Obama gave a speech the other night about Afghanistan. Mind you, I haven't watched a single Obama speech since the '04 Democratic Convention keynote and the Inauguration. That was abuot all I could stand; since then, all I could handle was the occasional clip on TV, or transcripts posted on the Web. From all accounts, it was classic Obama, a rehash of the Iraq "withdrawal" announcement: out of all the reports I saw, two "money quotes" really stuck in my craw, and one of them was that "the tide of war is receding" -- and just in time for next year's election. Who'da thunk it?
Obama got elected by pandering to Progressives with talk about "fat cat" banksters, even as his campaign was being funded by Wall Street. Then, Obama spent the next two years alienating Progressives by pandering to the banksters. So, recently, Obama got together some of his Wall Street backers so he could shuffle for cash for his re-election campaign. Wall Street, of course, felt alienated by the anti-bankster rhetoric he dished out while pandering to the Progressives, so many '08 Wall Street donors weren't keen to donate to Obama's '12 campaign. Oh, well, Mr. Obama... that's show biz!
The crisis and the daunting perspective of new finanacial measures have mobilized Greece... So again, 2500 years after Pheidippides ran the 42 km from Marathon to bring word of victory, the Greeks are running, as fast and as far as they can, yet with no clear sense of where they are going or for what purpose.