The game of “what if…”: Episode I

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 | politics

Dear reader, in this post, slated to become the first of a series
of witty commentaries about world affairs, you’ll find
booooring politics. Consider yourself advised. There be
dragons.

Wouldn’t it be cool if people just stopped being as stupid and liars
as they are?
Consider the case of the zimbabwean “elections”. The UN moved to
declare the elections a farce and illegittimate, only to be stopped by
a South African veto. Reasons given? The “Security
Council [is] not in the business of certifying elections”
.
Ahhhhh COME ON! Why in the world is it a country near Zimbabwe, with a
lot of economic interest there, the only country to feel compelled to
point out the limits on what the Security Council is supposed to do
and what not?
I ask thee, o reader, have they discovered a sudden passion about
formalities? Is this the time to be picky about topics, foremost of
all THIS topic?

I really would feel better if South Africa just stood up and said “Oh,
we know you think Mugabe is bad and he orders all sort of nefarious
stuff and people die because of him, but we do a lot of business there
and well, we sorta like him. We are better off with than without him.
So just shut up criticising him, please? We don’t care about dead
politicians over there, we have our abundant share of them, we don’t
care if people starve, we only care about our own interest.”

It’s a position i would exclude them from every international
organisation for, but at least i would respect it.

Instead, they unleash a bullshit bonanza about what the Security
Council is made for. That’s like saying “we think that you’re all
stupid :)”

And that happens all the time. See Russia and Kosovo, see China and Burma.
I know everyone is going to ejaculate “ohhh but this is politics
stupid!!1!1!”. I know. But wouldn’t it be cool if, just in these
occasions, everyone would stop to bullshit and speak the truth about
their actions?

(p.s. this is a procrastination post. i really should do something else.)

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