Who Do They Think They Are?

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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5 Replies to “Who Do They Think They Are?”

  1. THE PEASANTS ARE REVOLTING This quote is from the classic Mel Brooks movie “History of the World: Part One” in which Mel Brooks and Harvey Corman are royals in the days leading up to the French Revolution.
    In the film, the wealthy made their disdain for the poor all too obvious via a variety of different methods, including rolling the red carpet over them and stepping on their heads; beating them into submission using clubs; throwing them in jail for saying “the poor ain’t so bad;” and using them for target practice during skeet shooting. Not surprisingly the impoverished didn’t like this too much and decided to do something about it.

    Corman’s character – referred to as Count Da Money – comes frantically racing up to Mel Brooks, playing King Louis, and says: “Your majesty, your majesty, the peasants are revolting!” to which he responds “That’s right, they stink on ice. It encapsulates the empowered plight of an oppressed people to rise up against their tyrannous monarch while explicitly highlighting how insignificant they are in the eyes of the wealthy gentry. (I plagarized this from another blog). Actually Mel Brooks stole the idea from an earlier Wizard of Id comic in which the servant comes to the king and says “the peasants are revolting” and the king says “I’ll say.”

    Excuse me but a person has to find something to laugh at.

  2. When the powers that be met in our town for an economic summit, they came to the university i was working in at the time. The night before, i watched them setting up their sniper surveillance stations on every roof and decided to stay home the next day.

    Good thing, too, as there was some sort of skirmish between student protesters (whom nobody had ever seen before) and the RCMP, who were later found to have instigated the riot with shoving, threats, and violent behaviour. The students originally blamed for the riot were never interviewed by the media.

    Good thing we had those police at the ready to protect us, huh?

    And no, we never did find out what the bigwigs were talking about.

  3. Flimsy“Excuse me but a person has to find something to laugh at.”

    Find whatever you can – there’s not much left. It was a great film!

    Anan – nothing changes, eh?

  4. Anan – incredible, isn’t it.

    Incidentally, I’m sorry my spam filter “moderated” you. Usually it allows up to two links, but I guess because your comment contained few other words, it erred on the safe side!

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