And what do you think will happen if they are found guilty? The start of world war three or more sanctions on a beleaguered population. They will suffer but the leaders will become more paranoid. Change can only come from within?
Yes, you have a point, stamper, but democracy seems the only system that permits
change from within, short of revolution and more bloodshed. They've been trying it for generations in Burma, but to what avail? All these totalitarian systems are not shy of spilling blood - it is their guarantee. Iran? It, along with Lebanon, was one of the more sophisticated countries outwith western Europe. I knew people who worked out there as engineering contractors building hydro-electricity schemes (in the time of the Shah) - they were people we knew from India where they did the same and they loved the place and the people. Today? Today, the people
would love to leave - even just to go to India, I bet!
What will actually happen with NK? I think, in a word, nothing. If I am mistaken though, and anything gets done, it will be by China, driven by its own commercial needs with the external markets.
As relief from the ubiquitous bloody football, I sometimes catch reports on the Gulf oil disaster. All I see is more political posturing. Obama makes a fourth visit - or is it now more - to the area and does what? What the hell can
he do other than sound fierce and posture? Bush was pilloried for missing out on Kate's arrival - not an early enough visit - his replacement is just trying to avoid the possibility of the same accusation; but what can he do?
Does he or anybody else with a brain really, really imagine BP isn't the single, most concerned entity in the whole damn disaster? But, as with the politicos, what can it do either? Fix it? Yes, so they are not trying - they enjoy losing all that oil and running up the debt of repair and inevitable lawsuits? Boy, in the true spirit of the ill wind, will those lawyers be happy!
The moment the press/TV/web latches onto something, reality flies out the window. What was that quotation? Truth is the first casualty of war?