Sunday, February 26, 2006

HYPOCRISY IN CRISIS

This cannot be a good time for US foreign policy. They now have to choose between the lesser of two evils. If they leave Palestine to its own devices, the Hamas-majority Legislature may just prove very good at fund-raising and ultimately slip farther away from US control, however tenuous it may be today.
On the other hand, the US may continue to fund that government, essentially giving money to a bunch of thugs hell-bent on spreading anarchy and violence worldwide and the US will become the dubious backer of a terrorist state.
But is this really that strange? The US, for years, gave enough money and firepower to Saddam's Iraq to wage a war with Iran. The US, in the Great Game against the former USSR, gave enough money and firepower to dozens of Third World dictators to thwart whatever latent Socialist and Communist tendencies that may have existed.
Therefore, the US should not feel shy about funding a Hamas-dominated Palestine. It will be in line with what they have done for decades. They cannot simply walk away from their legacy or wish it away from their psyche. This is what the US does. So, let us let them get on with it!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

NO ABSOLUTE FREEDOMS

Muslims are within their rights to be pissed off at the toons doing the rounds and the Danish must review their freedoms in a more conservative context. When we took political science in First Year at Uni, we were taught about the Social Contract. Man agreed to give up absolute freedom for state sponsored security. Over the centuries, we have whittled down this contract to almost the bad old days of the State of Nature.
What the news-editors in Denmark did was attrocious. Just because you have the right to say something offensive, doesn't mean you should. Taking on Islam is playing with fire. Like it or not, when it comes to the Prophet they are all fanatics. They will not take kindly to His denigration, even of it is done 'in context'. They will react, sometimes violently, but always vocally. So we need to tread carefully when we tangle with their objects of veneration. They are not Christians. They don't have our sense of tolerance for depicting Jesus Christ in various cases of embarrasment. This should guide our relations and interactions when addressing their needs and proirities. Commentators are wrong to suggest that the muslims 'over-reacted'.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

LET THEM FALL

Whoever told them that they were indestructible should pay them back for all the pain they are about to undergo. Ndile was right. Uncle Moody did them a favour by installing TVs at Kamiti. Now the likes of Saitoti and his merry band of Goldenberg suspects should become very comfortable guests of the serikali. However, they shouldn't be treated the way Samuel Moroto was at Molo. They really shouldn't put them in the same cells with ordinary every-day gansters.

But seriously, Bosire should be shot. Billions lost forever is not a very comfortable statement to make. And to spend 400 billion of our tax shillings to do so is or should be crime. How can billions simply disappear? It's not as if these guys are rocket scientists. And now that Mwiraria has paved the way for himself to fall on his own sword so that Kibaki doesn't have to deal with the repercussions of stupid politicians, the KACCc should move swiftly to put the Anglo-Leasing saga to bed.

Otherwise, why the fuck is Ringera making 2 million shillings when there are billionaires in the making in government? We demand an end to this charade of one set of profiteering rober-barons telling us who's to blame for the dismal state of public finances. As far as i am concerned, all these politicians are crooks in Hugo Boss suits. The only difference between them and the highway robbers along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, is that they have official, government-santioned gun-totting GSU bodyguards. And that shit ain't right!

They all fall, eventually

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