Tuesday, 22 February 2011

That Cameron speech

"We hope to see a peaceful resolution to these current crises, and we urge all governments to hold a dialogue with opposition groups and set out a pathway to more democratic forms of representation ... but if instead you are thinking of cracking down, busting heads, rounding people up and shooting them, basically holding on to power by your bloody fingernails, we have a range of products to suit every budget..."

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6 comments:

fraser said...

Set out a pathway to more democratic forms of oppression

Trooper Thompson said...

Damn, that's what I should have put!

alison said...

Amazing how the "revolution" in Tunisia was started because a street trader was slapped in the face by a woman official. His mother noted that he felt humiliated because she was a woman more than anything else. Even though thousands of woman in that shit infested part of the world are humiliated and trampled on daily I'm expected to shed a tear for this one guy among thousands and cheer for "democracy". Guy being the operative word in all such peoples revolutions. The French one being the biggest farce of all time wherein the first inclination by women to assert themselves was quickly quashed by men with arms. I wait with baited breath (sarc off) to see how well women now fare in these shitholes. Under the Shah in Iran women had way more rights than they do under the present peoples revolution. Who remembers the outcry that occurred when a woman scientist forced out of uni in Iran and into the home to wear a veil set fire to herself in the central square? Noone? That's because noone noticed much less cared though it was a true story and to this day she remains a relative unknown. Egypt will be well on its way to establishing the muslim brotherhood in power soon enough with all the rights for women that entails and even under Gaddafi women had freedoms which will no doubt soon enough be obliterated. How? By men. Ah people power. Meaning male power. Yes long live mens revolutions ever setting out a pathway to more democratic male oppression for years and years to come.

alison said...

Hello from France btw! Spending some wonderful time with some Persian friends and having lots of interesting chats. None share any optimism for the future in that area but certainly not because various alleged despots are being ousted.

Trooper Thompson said...

Alison,

it's usually something like that which starts revolutions. It's not the size of the spark, but how dry the brushwood. What you say about women under the Shah is no doubt true, although I imagine there was something of a gulf between the cosmopolitan classes and those in the rural areas. The same was true in Saddam's Iraq, compared to now. It's hard to say how it will end up. There are always many layers to these things, and many agendas, as a dig into that Iranian Revolution would reveal.

I hope you're having a good time in France. I could do with a holiday myself.

alison said...

Im of the opinion that all revolutions end in failure. Its human nature that they do. It went quick the break. Im back already