…and, yes, the US on 17 Dec 1917…
As the march to insanity continues in quickstep and we await a happy failure to make that grave misstep, we take a look back – with some humour, albeit black. Crooked Timber does us the good deed. In this most folk would remember one actor in particular who had headlined a tv show in the US but famous in the UK for stuff like Jeeves and Wooster. Of course, Rowan Atkinson as Black Adder, priceless…
Even in the humour, a lesson. Wouldn’t want to face a machine gun without this. Poignant stuff.
…but a mere few weeks to go for the Great Event…
The event will be remembered, ruefully, on 28 June 2014, its centenary. That was the spark that would set Europe ablaze on 28 July 1914, drawing in the rest of the world, innocent and guilty alike.
The print media
The Independent has a series of articles that should pique the interest as they highlight the obvious – the madness of war and the arrogance and criminality of those responsible. Millions killed and wounded. Countries destroyed. New national borders created. Read the rest of this entry »
Worthwhile reading from Chris Hedges over at common dreams. Compelling. The Folly of Empire
A particularly apt paragraph.
The last days of empire are carnivals of folly. We are in the midst of our own, plunging forward as our leaders court willful economic and environmental self-destruction. Sumer and Rome went down like this. So did the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires. Men and women of stunning mediocrity and depravity led the monarchies of Europe and Russia on the eve of World War I. And America has, in its own decline, offered up its share of weaklings, dolts and morons to steer it to destruction.
‘Men and women of stunning mediocrity and depravity’, not unlike those of pre-WW I Europe and Russia, today foisted on their populace, induced into inattentiveness by their complicit corporate MSM. Yet it will be the blogs and alternative media that increasingly ensure that the substance of that phrase (and article) is widely recognised and understood.
But for the timely and judicious intervention of President Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of Russia, the farce of a decrepit US ‘democracy’ dealing with the farce of the ‘debt ceiling’ would have imploded even faster. Moreover, the fortuitous revelations on the costly paranoia of the powerful US to dominate every country and its citizens in everything and to deny any citizen of the basic right to privacy are now leading to the inevitable. Clearly, sheer hubris would explain the decision of US ICT corporations to collude in such perilous ventures – not a thought given to the US capitalist model.
And for all its power, the US, a country utterly defenseless against incessant ridicule.
The winds of change continue to blow…