Wednesday, 17 January 2007

Just some ideas...

Really busy; here are some random thoughts.

The Ruth Kelly controversy.
Should British Education Minister Ruth Kelly’s child have to suffer by not getting the education their parents see fit for them just because their parent is the education minister? This always seems to be a problem when a politician at any level sends their kids to a private school — especially if their position in government deals with the education system itself. It is Kelly’s choice where her kid goes to school and just because she is the education minister and just because she is a politician, her child should not have to suffer in the name of politics and for their mum not to be a called a hypocrite.

BBC News on the execution of two more Saddam regime figures (as if Saddam's execution wasn't done poorly enough).

United Nations and European Union leaders have condemned the executions in Baghdad of two of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's top aides.

Some say that these executions are sparing the individual rights for the greater good… Then again, what do the executions accomplish — other than killing the executed?
Hasn't Saddam's death just made Iraq worse?

As far as the United States’ mission in Iraq and the wider Middle East goes… ‘We had already accomplished the mission; we just need to accomplish it [again]!'
'Almost there... again!’

Blair gives some climate change wisdom on how we can help...
Sacrifice one’s pleasures for the greater good? Bullocks says soon-to-be-gone (thank god) UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. How does ‘impractical’ face off with essential, Mr. Blair?

Admiring only after death: what the deaths and ensuing mourning and gratification historically of people like Reagan and Ford show us about our society and its guilt and ‘respect’ — or disrespect too — for death, and the media’s place in it all.

You scratch my back, I won’t scratch yours: the United States expects the African Union to help, but has not helped — or even consulted — the AU over the US’s Somalia policy.

A metaphorical war against an unknown, and largely symbolic as a whole, terrorist enemy like the US’s Communist ‘enemy’ in the Cold War, but even more oblique. Terrorism is a vast movement. It is a word of many definitions and a description of many meanings. To label all of Islamic extremism as a collective enemy is loony enough; to label all terrorism an enemy is well over the edge.

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