“Cablegate” at wikileaks is going to make a lot of people very unhappy. After all what we have now is just a start. How are the German Government feeling, I wonder? Vindicated, probably – the Cablegate releases so far include their “concerns” over US Data Protection measures:
.... However, in these meetings, our German counterparts
consistently raise concerns about U.S. data protection
measures and policy. Furthermore, the German views often
distort and misrepresent U.S. policy. For example, current
Federal Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger
(FDP) - who has considerable influence - is particularly
outspoken and does not appear to have (or perhaps want) an
informed view of USG data privacy practices. It is critical
that we aggressively and vocally counter these
misrepresentations of U.S. policy. ....
However “aggressively” the “misrepresentations” were countered, you cannot counter the fact that many thousands of highly embarrassing documents, including the one linked above are coming to the public domain. And therefore it does not look like misrepresentation of US policy but rightly justified concern.
No wonder America has been playing a game of smooth-talk-politicking in advance of these documents coming to light, on the one hand, whilst demonising Wikileaks on the other. They talk down on their friends and enemies alike in the cables – and no one likes getting caught with their pants down.
I have not always had the kindest things to say regarding the London Borough of Newham and Sir Robin Wales. In a couple of instances there have been obvious corruptions on Sir Robin’s watch that I have drawn attention to. I do not know that Sir Robin was in any way responsible, however, as Executive Mayor the buck stops with him.
My personal experience of the man was very limited and still is, however, recently I heard him make an impassioned speech about the impending cuts, their unnecessary nature and the consequences.
Sir Robin surprised me with his gusto and drive – and this was not just politicking, the man was clearly speaking from the heart. His anger at the consequences for ordinary people shone through and his determination to do his best was clear. I found myself liking him and admiring his politics – which I believe are conviction politics and not the everyday convenience politics we are confronted with in this age.
As he appears responsible for an illegal war, based on false information, fabricated merely to “create the conditions” conducive to war, according to official documents.
To the Hague War Tribunals Commission for Blair, sorry, not to Strasbourg and the gravy train.
The Middle East was forced to have him as the “peace envoy”. We have a little more choice. If you read this and think it worth starting a European Poll on the issue then let me know on the comments and it will be done.
War criminals deserve time. Not honour. He killed over 1,000 British troops and half a million or more Iraqis after lying to get Parliamentarians to vote yes.
That’s as good a kill Rate as Sadam Hussein.
No wonder they hung him in a shed out back somewhere as soon as they cold.