Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Bush Bangs on about democracy

Here's the original speech given, amusingly enough, to the National Endowment of Democracy. You'll forgive me if I don't go dancing along with Bush's words straight away; they are, after all, just words. Speechwriters hold a lot of power over the people that forget that past so quickly, conjurers of strings that pull so hard upon the illusionary desire our populations seem to dwell upon so readily these days.

So Boy George is giving a speech about democracy... to a democracy-advocation organisation? Is it just me, or do these speeches have a tendency to cater to the whims of whomever-the-audience-is? When talking to the military industrial sector, the talk is of lives given, big-chinned bravery and self sacrifice. If I were a gambler, I'd place money on the speeches given here in the UK concentrating on our small nation's participation, past, present and future, in the war against those that seek to quell freedom. We'll hear more of how democracy was born in this country (we're referenced in this last speech, you know), but probably nothing of how we took over Iraq all those years ago and then ballsed it all up (prior to ballsing our own country up). We'll hear stuff that makes us feel good, like we're being roused by an army commander in the latest greatest hollywood film. Only with British people in it. At least it'll be a change from the almost-customary stars-n-stripes ranting and heralding we've been experiencing up til now.

Maybe the topdogs in the US have woken up, and realised that they stand a much better chance of a sustainable american superiority if everyone decides that they like them, rather than trying to impose their own values on everyone whether they like it or no. Maye the Republicans will merge with the Democrats, or maybe they'll just steal the name, claiming that "they're all democrats, in the end". Maybe I'm paranoid. Suspicious. I think I have a right to be the latter, in the same way that my own government have yet to earn any trust on international affairs, after all of the hokey-cokey puppet regimes propped up by cultures looking primarily at extending their own influence into otherwise untenable areas.

The real problem with (some) dictators is their independence, their headstrongness and concrete resolution, and their damned ability to not-do-as-we-say. An oppressed, weak nation is a nation unable to buy our goods, or to see what we do and marvel at our own amazing superiority.

We want the world to be free, but only if everyone does as we say.

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