Tuesday, November 30, 2010

WikiLeaks Party Blog

I have no sympathy for the idiots in the US State Department who are busy crying foul over the WikiLeaks release. As stated in this Miami Herald article which quotes spokespeople from the Pentagon, there is no proof that anyone has been harmed as a result. In direct contrast there is ample evidence that the Americans ongoing wars of choice continue to see innocent civilians killed daily in Afghanistan and Iraq, where despite claims the war there is over the Americans have left behind 50,000 combat ready troops as well as thousands of modern day mercenaries (i.e. Blackwater/Xe).

Who's who of the WikiLeaked world leaders. From left to right: Robert Mugabe, Guenther Oettinger, Moammar?Ghadafi, King Abdullah bin Abulaziz, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Nicholas Sarkozy, Ahmed Wali Karzai, Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Dmitri Medvevev. The global diplomatic firestorm that has broken out is all of the Americans own doing. No one forced their hand and made them run a secret intelligence campaign targeting the leadership of the United Nations, including the secretary general, Ban Ki-moon and the permanent security council representatives from China, Russia, France and the UK. They could have chosen to remain within the law and honored the 1946 UN convention on privileges and immunities which states: "The premises of the United Nations shall be inviolable." And yet Washington also went after ...credit card numbers, email addresses, phone, fax and pager numbers and even frequent-flyer account numbers for UN figures and "biographic and biometric information on UN Security Council permanent representatives".

There's lots to learn in these cables. For example:
There were grave fears in Washington and London over the security of Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme, with officials warning that as the country faces economic collapse, government employees could smuggle out enough nuclear material for terrorists to build a bomb.

There are allegations that Russia and its intelligence agencies are using mafia bosses to carry out criminal operations, with one cable reporting that the relationship is so close that the country has become a "virtual mafia state".

The cables names Saudi donors as the biggest financiers of terror groups, and provide an extraordinarily detailed account of an agreement between Washington and Yemen to cover up the use of US planes to bomb al-Qaida targets. One cable records that during a meeting in January with General David Petraeus, then US commander in the Middle East, Yemeni president Abdullah Saleh said: "We'll continue saying they are our bombs, not yours."
That's a lot to digest all of itself, and there's much more to sift through. In spite of what your media might be claiming this is an important catalogue of living history and a good look at the people behind the curtain and what they're really up to. It'll no doubt slip down the memory hole far too fast to have the affect it should have on the public's perceptions of the people who are acting on their behalf. This is a feast of information that will no doubt be treated like fast food by the rapacious media.

You can go read in the Globe and Mail about some of Canada's part in all this that, ...former CSIS director Jim Judd went so far as to complain that judicial rulings and public naiveté were paralyzing his spies – specifically lamenting that Canadians were prone to “knee-jerk anti-Americanism” and “paroxysms of moral outrage.”

It's good to see the former head of our spy service getting one right. I'm pretty much apoplectic with moral outrage because none of this is how I expect my government to behave in my name. He can call it naiveté if he likes, I take no offense. I simply hold that we can accomplish our strategic goals without compromising what we believe. Why cede the moral high ground without a fight? To prove that we can be tough guys too? Sounds childish, like something that belongs back in the schoolyard and not in the halls of international diplomatic dealings. And perhaps therein lies the problem and the reason for the US's embarrassment. They can't even argue through all this that the ends justifies the means as clearly the ends are merely their own selfish goals -- there's no higher purpose in all this. And as for the means, well the less said about that the better!



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