Wednesday, August 29, 2012
It strikes me that we should all be writing about Julian Assange and his situation, and yet there seems to be little to nothing. Except in some not particularly mainstream left wing blogs. Lawyers, guns, and money, haven't written about him since they lost their shit back when the big Wikileaks dump happened and one of the posters there, who has since left, became hysterical and demanded that he be arrested, or perhaps killed I don't remember which. I was able to point out that they were standing shoulder to shoulder with Lynn Chaney, which seemed to upset them quite a bit. Some fun.
Greenwald has written a couple of things about him at the Guardian. I do find the comments section to be depressing to put it mildly. It does appear as though the people who are commenting either cannot understand English, which is disturbing since their country is the one that invented it. Or perhaps they just read the headline, it is so much easier that way, don't you know?
The incredible hysteria about his attempt to get asylum is creepy to say the least. The threat to storm the embassy from the government in order to drag him out is just interesting to watch from the country that gave Pinochet asylum. There is no self awareness on the part of the government and there is no recognition on the part of most of the media of the hypocrisy.
Then the U.S. chimes in (for what reason no one can tell since we certainly do not want to extradite him to stand trial [or not] to our country or perhaps Cuba) and says that we never did believe in that asylum stuff anyway. Although someone might tell that to the Chinese government and then someone might want to mention it to the Hungarians also since we sheltered Cardinal Mindszenty for over a decade. But then that is really very different don't ch no.
The point is that stench of hypocrisy and mendacity as Big Daddy said is nearly overpowering. It is clear that the only reason Sweden won't agree not to extradite Assange to the U.S. is that they are planning on doing just that. It is also clear that the only reason we want him is to punish him for trying to practice journalism and force us to practice democracy. . Well, who cares at this point, we've made our point and have probably stopped many others who might have tried to allow a little light into the decaying carcase of what used to be called a democracy, or a democratic republic, or even for that matter a republic. The last best hope, etcetera etectera and so forth. If one gives the people too damn many facts it will just in the end confuse them, after all.