Monday, December 06, 2010

A Word About What's Been Leaking And Lacking

There is something slightly troublesome about the whole wikileaks saga. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for more transparency and more governments' accountability as far as foreign policy is concerned, and for leaders to say in private what they say in public…etc... But there’s something really bothersome about the wikileaks' discourse. Something that had either been omitted or ignored, which I’m going to summarize in a few words:

To my American and European friends who live under democratically elected governments and are (probably rightfully) angry about the wikileaks revelations: seriously, what are you getting your knickers in a twist about? What’s so new about these revelations? Like, do you even know or care what your governments did before in PLAIN SIGHT? And what were you doing about it then? Have you heard of the Goldstone report? How is that for a leak? What are you going to do about your governments covering up war crimes? Your leaders aren’t even bothered about your reactions to the stuff that you are allowed to see and read, why should they bother now? Again, have you heard of the Goldstone report? Americans, how do you feel about your congress condemning a report it had not read (according to rep. Dennis Kucinich)?

You have the right to be angry. But please don’t insult my intelligence. Outrageous and anger-inducing stuff have been out in the open for a long, long time…

I have much more to say and more questions and examples to bring up. But I'll spare you

And in return, please....Spare me…


Rupert Neil Bumfrey said...

Not too sure why "probably rightfully"?

These are human beings, who on departing from another's company will extend hand, to shake hosts, whilst smiling; then once out of meeting say what they truly think of the host and his conversation.

We all are guilty of this sin, possibly people should express themselves as they think! ;-/

Rami said...

I'm torn about this myself.

On one hand, I don't think there's anything more important to me than the freedoms of speech and the press, as idealistic as that may be. Transparency in government, and the right for a journalist to expose the non-transparent bits is part of that.

On the other hand, the less naive me realizes that diplomacy would be very difficult, if not impossible, without some secrecy.

The problem is that, over the past 10 or so years, the level of secrecy in the United States has reached obscene levels. There's only so much that can be classified for 'national security' reasons.

It's almost a pity that the leaked information was so 'blah' though. Would have been nice if all this ridiculous anger against Assange targeted at something meaningful.

Ahsan Ali said...

The US is not necessarily angry about the leaks. They are angry that , in this case, they don't have the power to control/stop the leaks. It's a power game - the leaks themselves aren't that important. It's just the spark that lit the fire

Susan said...

So diplomats bitch about eachother behind their backs... is anyone seriously surprised or shocked by this?

Noga said...

"On the first day of the war, Israel targeted police stations and 250 martyrs who were part of Hamas and the various factions fell.” He added that, “about 200 to 300 were killed from the Qassam Brigades, as well as 150 security personnel.”
Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hamad

In the above quote, Hamad’s admission that Hamas lost between 600 and 700 fighters during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead mirrors what Israel claimed all along: that 709 Hamas combatants were killed.

As CAMERA notes, the Hamas admission directly undercuts the Goldstone Report’s contention that Israel targeted civilians as well:"

Dubai Jazz said...

"CAMERA", also known as the propaganda mouthpiece for zionist-approved reporting about the middle east in AMERUKKAAA!!!