Do we ever mature beyond the nursery years? Is there really a period of “adulthood” or is it simply a continuation of adolescence? Media portrayal of the news leaves one thinking, if we are not all immature, then certainly our leaders lack the strength of character necessary for those supposedly in such exalted positions.
Are world governments nothing more than play-centers for the mentally retarded?
Take the news today as an example:
The BBC leads with a story about Estonia and Russia – coming to blows over a statue. Russia has recalled its ambassador; Estonia says the statue is a symbol of Russian occupation, and must go.
At the end of it all – one person is already dead – it’s just a lump of stone.
Meanwhile, in India Richard Gere is facing arrest for daring to kiss an Indian film star in public. Never mind the huge amount of work Gere has undertaken in India on behalf of AIDS victims, an infantile judiciary has issued a warrant for his arrest.
Yesterday, Britain’s baby-boy prime minister lied through his milk teeth by suggesting he would “be delighted” if his son wanted to fight in Iraq. Having spent much time and effort ensuring son Euan was out the country for the duration of the Iraq war, first as an intern working for Washington politicians, and later tucked away at Yale University where he’d just happened to win a $100,000 scholarship (nothing to do with Daddy, of course) Tony Blair could happily wish his son in the midst of Iraqi insurgent bombing, knowing full well it was never going to happen.
In America, the toddlers charged with running things at the White House decided today would be a good time to announce the capture of Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi.
Dare you ask? This guy is, according to the kiddies in the State department, “……one of Osama Bin Laden’s “top global deputies”, personally chosen by the al-Qaeda leader to monitor operations in Iraq.”
Perhaps that’s why his name is Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi?
As an aside, it was also mentioned – in passing – that Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi was actually captured late last year. How late? November? December? At best, five months ago! No mention at the time, of course, that such an extremely high-ranking al-Qaeda operative had been caught. He’s been held until now in one of those secret CIA prison places that don’t exist, and only yesterday was suddenly moved, with much associated publicity, to the “George W Bush Guest House for Middle Eastern Gentlemen”, known colloquially as Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.
Of course, its not the least bit childish that our Middle Eastern friend was suddenly hauled into the limelight just a day after the much publicized furore between the American president and Congress over troop funding and their envisaged withdrawal from Iraq.
To even suggest a connection would surely be childish and immature –
– wouldn’t it?
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