Posts Tagged ‘Washington Post’

The rule of law, a “foreign” concept

September 29, 2012

I mean, if you want to worry about the rule of law, look out your window. Why do you have to go all the way down to China?

Today, under “In China, no rule of law”  the editorial board of the Washington Post is lamenting the rule of law …… in China, that is!

I mean we went to war over a lie in Iraq. We illegally spied on our own  citizens, we introduced indefinite detention, tortured people and invented a euphemism for it “enhanced interrogation technique”. Remember  Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Bagram etc…  and other “naked” transgressions?  How many were prosecuted, let alone convicted of a crime? A grand total of zero.

The banking shenanigans and Wall street theft that led to the near collapse of the world economy are still going on under one guise or another. How many  of those knaves that consciencely caused all of that were brought to trial? Zero.

Our constitution has been shred to pieces. But Obama famously declared (in a stark reversal of a campaign promise) “we should look forward not backward” to justify not prosecuting the Bush-era war crimes.

And on and on and on, and the Washington Post did not a raise a hoot about the rule of law. In fact, in the case of the ongoing wars, they cheered them on.

In China, at least they fired Bo Xilai and they are bringing charges against him and his wife.  Heck even Iran sent the daughter of ex-president and strong man “Rafsanjani” to prison on corruption charges last week.

To the Wash Po, the rule of law is, literally,  a  “foreign concept”.

The notion that our main stream media  takes the rule of the law seriously is ….. well,  a joke.


La Rousse from the New York Times

March 7, 2010

I enjoy reading Maureen Dowd Columns in the New York Times like one would enjoy reading gossip columns. I never thought her columns have much substance but her writing style is charming, witty, sprinkled with panache, and always makes me smile.

In her piece today, she dabbles in the murky water of the Middle East conflict. I guess she is trying to get serious. She hits all the right notes. The ones that help her keep her job, that is. Not the ones that ring with truth.

She declares “… If anyone deserves to be paranoid, of course, it’s Israel….”

So let me get this straight. Israel, a small country with the sixth largest nuclear arsenal in the world,   the fourth–largest army in the world (the thirteenth if measured by manpower alone),  with more than 200 nuclear warheads6 billion USD in weapon sales,  “…It is becoming an increasingly important player in the global defence industry. It is both the sixth largest arms importer and the fourth largest exporter. Last year appears to have been a record year for its industry. In the first six months, Israel sold 5.3 billion dollars worth of arms abroad, compared to 4.7 billion dollars for the entire 2007, according to the France- Israel Chamber of Commerce. “, with nuclear submarines  and unmatched air force superiority  , at least within its neighborhood, if not in the whole world, this tiny little country, that could destroy the whole Middle East over night, should be paranoid, implied “la rousse ” from the N.Y. Times.

Just what is it with liberals?  They attack  the  regime in Iran as   theocratic. But they can’t see any wrong with whatever Israel, a country that does not deny its “raison d’être” is rooted in the Bible, does even if it hits them with a Camion (with Ms. Dowd’s permission!). In fact, they enthusiastically support/justify every brutal act Israel commits no matter how monstrous it is ( Gaza , Lebanon, Rachel corrie – whom Molly Moore of the Washington/Likud Post blamed for her own death in a March 17, 2003 article.) They are against the death penalty but they see no war that they don’t like. They fuss about the habitat of the spotted owl in Oregon and oppose drilling in Alaska, but they don’t mind the eradication of all Gazans and bulldozing their homes.

At least the religious nuts support for Israel complements their prosaic mythology. Their God, in his infinite wisdom, would like to have Jews live in Palestine so that he can watch hell on earth for a change. They are avid supporters of  wars but they also support the death penalty. They don’t care for the spotted owl or the pristine wilderness in Alaska, nor do they care about Gazans or drilling in their homes. Equal opportunity killing fans, they may be. But they are consistent.

Spineless, faceless, shapeless, and belief-less hacks. In other words-to borrow a Sinatra trick-, liberals.