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The Daily Servant of Power

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Today’s servant of power is:

The Genocide Exploiters

People who are complicit with the blatant exploitation of the Rwandan crisis to justify further Western aggression and intervention (as if such an intervention will ever truly help anybody) should also be held responsible for contributing to human death and suffering.

The mentality of Americans is “we come first and we need to protect ourselves from the rest of the world; no questions asked” as well as “we are benevolent and the sane good guys.”


In “A Problem From Hell,” an uncompromising and exhaustive look at the U.S.’s historic unwillingness to fight genocide…

via Did Samantha Power Just Rebuke Obama on Syria?

Uncompromising and exhaustive?  She skipped over entire chapters of history and downplayed America’s contribution to the tragedies…

Any mention of East Timor in the book?  Any mention of the role the US did play in Rwanda?

On top of that, now that the West is finally shedding some long overdue responsibility on Israel, Goldberg can’t help but chime in with some victim blaming:

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U.S. Officials: Blame Palestinians, Too


People like Henneberger couldn’t care less how many people are murdered in this world.  If she did she would be educating the public on genocide exploitation in the Western media rather than being party to it.

Rwanda genocide witness bemoans lack of political will to stop similar atrocities

I feel Romeo Dallaire was genuine (he even crashed his car in front of Parliament Hill because of the guilt he was experiencing over the Rwandan crisis) but that doesn’t mean the reason people are honouring and reporting on him is genuine.  Henneberger is exploiting what this poor gentleman went through, as well.


CaptureABCABC’s This Week Fawns Over Samantha Power During Visit To Rwanda


Here’s an idea: send Power to do some of the civilian protection in these war-torn countries if she truly cares about them so much…

Does this sound fair to you?

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In my opinion, the things I feel I have a responsibility to say and do not only generate no income, they are a hindrance to generating better income.  I think I need to put in a lot more work, pain and suffering contributing what I feel is of highest value to society than those who just work full-time their entire lives (and think that all paid work is somehow a real contribution) and get to enjoy a more regular lifestyle.

Even in Canada, it takes months to find (and get approved for) an individual insurance plan (independent of plans paid by employers) that will cover the antidepressants I wouldn’t need to be taking if the system wasn’t set up for the wealthy elites.  I feel the moment you stop working, everything is rescinded.  The only reason this occurs is because those who support keeping people unnecessarily poor fare better in this system than those fighting against it, (in my opinion.)

Aside

I’m slightly surprised by Friedman’s stance on China’s one-party autocracy which he describes as being “led by a reasonably enlightened group of people.” [1] In my opinion, the Eastern ability to reach consensus is pretty impressive and something unfathomable to achieve in the West.  Having said that, a consensus amongst an autocratic élite is still not nearly as impressive as a natural ability for people to get along in the face of ever shrinking forms of illegitimate control.  That’s why I think the more natural anarchist approach would eventually be the best for the future.

(Also, Friedman may not be praising the Chinese one party state for their ability to reach consensus; he may only be praising them because of their willingness to maintain China’s status as a market economy relatively open to trade and opportunity for the West.)

A major bone of contention I have with Friedman (and his equivalents) is his upholding of “radical centrism” [1] – one of the most oxymoronic and sinister terms not at all unlike The Economist’s formal declaration of the collective stance for their writers as being “high-centre.”  There is a desire amongst people like Friedman, Power, and the elitists working for the Economist to create a cleverly-crafted heir of heroism, radicalism, and dissent for themselves (redolent of a controlled chemical-reaction using a catalyst) only because true radicals and dissenters of the past have been so lauded for their efforts.  However, the tactic of sinister sorts like Friedman or Power, who don’t actually want to put up with the backlash or persecution of being a true radical/dissident, is to just pretend/declare that they are while staying squarely in line with whatever’s convenient to those that matter most (ie. those that call the shots.)

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Friedman