12th September 2003
- ARAFAT -
The Jerusalem Post called today for the execution of
If the Israelis want to execute Arafat, then perhaps they should
put him up for trial. If they claim that he started the Infitada,
then surely he can be charged with something like conspiracy to
murder? He does not even need to submit to arrest. The
can be held "in absentia" if Arafat does not attend. If Arafat
does not provide a defense, then a state defender would be
provided. If found guilty, restrictive procedures would be more
readily acceptable to the uncommitted world.
Such a procedure might not be available for terrorists in stealth mode,
however it should be possible to subject any public terrorists to
The Jerusalem Post is, however, correct in stating that Arafat provides
a safe haven figurehead, and as such his pronouncements must be
regulated to remove any incitation to violence.
- NORTH KOREA -
Back circa 1993 President Kim of North Korea signed
an agreement with Bill Clinton et al
that he would not develop nuclear technology if the US, Japan &
South Korea would provide alternative energy. (Oil & a small
that could not be used to produce plutonium). Unfortunately
Clinton (not noted for delivering on promises) failed to deliver, so,
not unexpectedly, Kim did not feel bound to his obligations.
Regardless, Kim should perhaps be
conciliatory. After seeing the US military at war I suspect that
North Korea might manage to hold out against a US assault for between
two weeks & two months. President Bush seems to have a low
tolerance for those who openly challenge US interests, and once he
commits to conquest, he does not appear willing to lose face by
retreat. The threat of nuclear ICBMs is unlikely to cause the USA
to fold. Bluffing and calling is an integral part of the US
psyche, exemplified in Bush.
- MUSLIMS-v-REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY -
The meme of Muslim
(religious oligarchy) has
the potential to refute the Representative Democracy (elected
The Muslims have found and developed a war strategy that exploits a
crucial weakness in the representative government system. The
governing elite of representative democracy are vulnerable to suicidal
assassination, and there are sufficient Muslim fundamentalists in a
population of one billion to provide an unending stream of volunteers.
Fundamentalism seems to be a property of Judaism and it's derivatives,
Muslimism. Typically, fundamentalists refer to the source
of their religious stream, and adhere to the virtues of that era.
Moses delivered the law, and was the leader of pacific refugees.
Since then, fundamentalist Jews have mostly been refugees.
Christian fundamentalists tend to follow Jesus' command to "Rend unto
Caesar that which is Caesar's", and follow his example of preaching to
masses, avoiding organized religion & government. Mohommed employed a policy of assassination of
political opponents, so it is perhaps not surprising that the 1% - 5%
Muslims who are fundamentalists seem to subscribe to that strategy.
The Muslim strategy seems to be succeeding. The trend is that
incidents increase in intensity and frequency. Worldwide this is
causing a disproportionate responses by the ruling elite. As
these attacks do not appear to be centrally organized, there is no
political or military structure with which to negotiate or bribe.
Historically, the only effective controls on rampant Muslim
fundamentalism have been the procedures that have managed
fundamentalists since around 800AD. Those controls are the very
stable religious dictatorships (aka Caliphates) that rule most Muslim
countries, and which ruled Iraq until Bush intervened. The
Turkish empire was a prime example.
Elected dictatorship (aka
Representative democracy) is broken. The cost of suppressing
Muslim terrorists, both political and in dollar terms, is such that a
reaction will be produced. Eventually the general population will
sympathize with and side with the terrorists.
With the aid of the internet our government could be reconstructed to
bring about a devolution of legislative
power to the total population. That modification would make it
much less susceptible to manipulation by the threat of
reconstructed political model could follow the design of the internet,
- PAULINE HANSON -
Pauline was jailed for three years for fraud.
Politicians and supporters expressed outrage. As well they
might. The money obtained went as a refund for the campaign
expenses of the elected members. I thought that it was a
of Australian justice that, to be found guilty, the miscreant had to
show a guilty intent. Where is the guilty intent? Where was
the profit to Pauline?
Prime minister John Howard has explained her
political weakness succinctly. She is genuine, but has no
Your Diarist suggests that she should retire to her cell and write her memoirs, and set
forth her policies. She should choose a catchy title, something
along the lines of "MY STRUGGLE".
Newspapers were rife with stories of disruptive elements terrorizing
attendees of her political meetings. Can I suggest a
solution? She should organize some sort of volunteer militia to
keep order. I believe that she would get many volunteers if she
provided smart uniforms and utilized catchy music at her rallys.
The corrupt politicos in Germany tried the same aggressive suppressive
techniques eight decades ago. It didn't work then.