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Stop the World, I want to Get Off!

It seems like yesterday when we ushered in the new year and vowed to stick with our new year resolutions come what may.  While I am sure some of us are doing great on that front,  I am equally sure that others have jump-started their new year resolutions a couple of times already.  Needless to say that some of us have already given up on our  resolutions  altogether.  Surely there’s no cause for alarm, right? After all, there’s always next year to get it right.

So far 2011 has been one racy and action-packed year.  When one considers the significant global events of the last five months,  it feels more like the end, than the middle of the year.   A few weeks back, a friend posted a link to the “2011 Time 100”  list on Facebook.  At the time, I thought that the list of the most influential people of 2011 was rather premature given that the year hadn’t even ended yet.

Anyway, I noticed that UK Prime Minster, David Cameron,  had pride of place on this list of most influential people, even though I couldn’t, at the time,  and still don’t understand why.  It is ironical that a leader who couldn’t even muster an overwhelming mandate to rule his own people, gets a showing on such a high-profile international list for his warmongering antics. Agreed, stranger things have happened at sea, but I think it is morally wrong to glorify social-climbing warmongers.

I know they say history generally repeats itself, but did anyone really anticipate the wave of revolutions we are seeing in the Arab world? Did anyone envisage  the U.S. assassinating Osama  Bin Laden and feasting his body to the sharks instead of putting him on trial in a court of law?  How about the events that recently overtook the former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, did anyone see that coming?

Okay, we all knew about the royal wedding. This one was definitely on the cards. Even though there were times when the media frenzy was a bit over the top and we couldn’t wait for the whole thing to be over and done with.  All in all, it was a lovely wedding. Although I must say I found the furore of  inviting  some dignitaries to the wedding only to later disinvite them,  for political reasons, quite hilarious.  If I ever pulled a stunt like this, not only would I get a lorry-load of hate mail, I probably won’t have any friends left. But of course I am not royal.

How could anyone forget President Obama’s embarrassing breach of royal protocol at Buckingham Palace?  Every time I watch the video clip of the President speaking over the British anthem, I burst into  a fit of hysterical laughter.  President Obama really should have known better.

So there you have it. It has certainly been one eventful year so far.  What else has 2011 got in stock for us ? Please stop the world, I want to get off………….

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Why Is David Cameron Trying Too Hard to Impress ?

In another life and under somewhat different circumstances I probably would like David Cameron. After all, he is good-looking, educated and articulate. But as it stands, there is something rather puzzling about him, and consequentially, I don’t fancy him politically. In my estimate, he just seems to be trying too hard to impress, but the question is who? Could it be other world leaders or even the British public?

Well, if we consider the fact that Cameron never really got a convincing mandate from the British populace at the last general election, maybe we would understand his need to constantly impress and therefore, won’t so much as hold it against him.

When Cameron first took up office, like other Conservative party leaders before him, he set out to shake off the “Thatcherite” shackles and prove that he is very much his own man. One such instance, that springs readily to mind, occurred during Cameron’s  trip to South Africa, where he openly expressed regret at his party’s foreign policy on apartheid under Margaret Thatcher.

I think Cameron is a bit unlucky in that not only does he feel he has to prove that he is not “Thatcher’s boy,” but he also feels the need to impress to make up for his inability to convincingly win the 2008 election.

Okay, Cameron became prime minister at a time when it may not have been a fashionable job. Although he blamed the state of the UK economy on the recklessness of the last Labour government, but surely he is smart enough to understand that the world at large was in a financial meltdown at the time – and still is – not just Britain. And better still, Britain did not cause the global financial crisis, the US banking crisis did.

Fast-forward to the crisis in the Middle East and we have new-kid-on-the-block, Cameron, strutting around making grand remarks about containing Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and protecting the ordinary Libyan civilians. You almost get the impression that not only is Cameron ready to personally wrestle Gaddafi to the ground before the enforcement of UN resolution 1973, but that he also fancies himself as a wartime leader, possibly following in the footsteps of the great wartime UK prime minister, Winston Churchill.

Now, I really must touch upon Cameron’s doomed tour of the Middle East earlier on in the crisis. What on earth did he think he was doing with a handful of arms dealers in tow? Could we put this faux pas down to inexperience or is it just another instance of Cameron trying too hard to impress? Is that how other arms-producing countries peddle arms? I guess the real bone of contention here is the sheer hypocrisy of selling arms to regimes that one later criticises for attacking their own citizens.

So while Cameron is busy flexing his muscles and milking the occasion for what it is worth, we Brits find ourselves in a war – officially tagged a conflict – which we could really do without. How we are going to fund this war of questionable objects is clear to all: further excruciating public spending cuts and a couple more pre-election policy U-turns.

Cameron must be feeling self-important following his recent hosting of the London talks on Libya and the defection of Libya’s former foreign minister, Moussa Koussa, to the UK. There also is the £650m educational aid he promised to the Pakistani’s during a recent visit to Pakistan. I wonder what strings are attached to this economic aid as it is hard to believe that this is a purely philanthropic gesture.

But let’s wait and see how this eventually pans out for Cameron. On the crisis in the Middle East, he has promised that Libya won’t be another Iraq, and that there will be no deals with Moussa Koussa. Strangely enough, so far, Libya has all the hallmarks of Iraq, with regime change being the notable end game.

Time will tell whether Britain’s involvement in the shifty venture in Libya makes or breaks Cameron’s premiership. Given the manner by which he landed in No.10, some may argue that he has no other option but to project himself in this way, to endear himself to the doubting Thomases among us. I wonder what other world leaders think of his recent escapades?  Maybe the end will justify the means. After all, the vulture is a patient bird.

In the interim, maybe Cameron will care to ponder on the following quote of former Philippines president, Corazon Aquino:

“I’ve reached a point in life where it’s no longer necessary to try to impress. If they like me the way I am, that’s good. If they don’t, that’s too bad.”

Gaddafi Is A ‘Living Political Corpse’

These are heady times for Colonel Gaddafi and for humanity at large. It is  now insignificant whether outside influence is responsible for the uprising in Libya. The main bone of contention at the moment is that Libyans have had enough of Colonel Gaddafi’s 42-year rule and want him to go.

Colonel Gaddafi, for his part, remains defiant in his decision to fight to the death. Just because Colonel Gaddafi is locked in his position at the moment, does not mean he won’t back-track in days to come. After all, this happens a lot in politics, and who said a man cannot change his mind, especially when he finds himself between a rock and a very hard place?

If Colonel Gaddafi truly believes that if he dies in the uprising he will attain martyrdom, then he does not understand the virtues of martyrdom. Fighting for self-aggrandisement and political survival is not what martyrdom is about in any religion. Moreover, the fact that he publicly announced this preposterous wish is an insult to all true martyrs of all religions.

The US and UK, on the other hand, are oil hustlers and opportunistic good Samaritans. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, it is difficult to believe that the US and UK concerns for the plight of the Libyans are genuine.  The  bottom line is that the US and UK are attracted to Libya’s oil like vultures are attracted to the carcasses of dead animals.

It does baffle me though, that all of a sudden UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, is saying  “It is not acceptable to have a situation where Colonel Gaddafi can murder his own people ……..”  Didn’t his predecessor, Tony Blair, say something similar about Saddam Hussein just before the commencement of the second Iraq war?  What shape is  Iraq in today? Does anyone really think that Iraq is better off now than when under Saddam? Agreed Saddam was Pharaoh-like, but the US and UK are no Moses. They are fake messiahs.

If Colonel Gaddafi loves Libya as he claims, he should step down and go into exile before US and UK tankers roll into Libya.  Libya under western occupation is not a viable option for Libyans, the Middle East and world peace. The sooner Colonel Gaddafi and his sons quit daydreaming and accept the reality of what is happening around them, the better for us all.

Both the Arab League and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) should get their acts together with immediate effect. I think it is shameful that things are happening on their door-steps and they are conspicuously silent. The Arab League and OAU really need to take things by the scruff of the neck to stop these oil-thirsty vampires in their wake.

I couldn’t agree more with the Kremlin’s recent remark about Colonel Gaddafi being a “living political corpse.” What a brain-teaser for the vultures hovering above Colonel Gaddafi.

In oil we trust !