In case anyone hadn’t noticed, APEC – the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum – is taking place in Sydney, Australia, this week. A number of national leaders are there, including US President George Bush, Australian premier John Howard, China’s Hu Jintao, and eighteen others.
We will never know what is discussed. There will be press releases from time to time, but what they want us to hear is all that will ever be broadcast for public consumption.
Sydney is a city under lock-down. Part of the rail network is closed, as are many roads. A huge, three mile long, metal barrier has been erected shutting off Sydney’s business district where the leaders will be staying. Over 5,000 police and troops are on duty patrolling the streets.
From whom are they being protected, these twenty-one world leaders?
Terrorists with bombs?
Not at all. While terrorism is a slight threat, the reason for this mammoth security operation is to protect these world leaders from their own citizens. In other words, ordinary people like you and me.
Protesters from all over the world have gathered in the Australian city. A Sydney court is deciding whether a planned march by 5,000 people and organized by the “Stop Bush Coalition”, can go ahead on Saturday. Members of the banned One Sydney brothel is offering an Apec special called The Presidential Platter, which apparently includes a variety of pleasures.spiritual movement Falun Gong, have traveled from China to hold vigils protesting human rights abuses in that country.
While, no doubt, rent-a-mob will infiltrate many of the protests and try to create mayhem, most of the people protesting in Sydney this week are just ordinary members of society, like you and I.
It begs two questions: 1) what does it say about our leaders, and 2) what does it say about us?
The answer to the first question is easy. It takes no mental effort to calculate that our leaders have no interest in our welfare. Our only use, in their eyes, is as economic units. We won’t ever know what they discuss this week in Sydney, but we can sure it will not include plans for making more agreeable the lives of ordinary people, like you and I. They have proved themselves unwilling to assist the plight of millions in Darfur, Palestine, and other areas of conflict around the world. They have created the situation in Iraq purposefully to obtain economic advantage. The opium (heroin) crop in Afghanistan is the highest this year on record, since US and NATO forces took over the country.
All in all, our so-called ‘leaders’ are totally unfit to lead.
Nevertheless, the toil and sweat of heady negotiation this week will be well assuaged by the “laid-on” entertainment. In fact, the term “laid-on” is highly apt, given that Sydney’s brothels and sex providers have geared up for a busy week.
According to a BBC report:
“One establishment said it was expecting business to boom and had been receiving overseas telephone inquiries for weeks.”
The report continues:
“The big question that prospective brothel clients from overseas have been asking is not about the price but how discreet a visit could be during this high-profile international conference.
A brothel industry spokesman said complimentary services would not be available but suggested that there might be an Apec discount.
One Sydney brothel is offering an Apec special called The Presidential Platter, which apparently includes a variety of pleasures.”
The second question begged was: what does all this say about us?
I’ll leave you to answer that one.
BBC report on APEC HERE.
BBC report on Sydney sex trade HERE.
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