NO2ID: stop ID cards and the database state!
I just received this link to the "Say No to ID" site in Britain.
It occurs to me that despite having been returned to power with a heavily reduced majority, Blair is now at his most dangerous. His policy pursuits have now become an obsession with legacy and with the end of his premiership in sight that old evangelical streak has taken over.
This week will be the start of his final fling. He will be pulling together his peers (well - eight of them anyway) in the hope they will give him some global credentials to sign off with. He will also be European President for the next six months and will probably seek to have an enduring influence in that arena too. He will also be hoping Britain gets the Olympic consession on Wednesday so that his international reputation will be remembered for more than the orchestration of war.
Blair has stated that global warming and the associated enviromental collapse is a greater threat to the planet and human race than anything else - including the 21st century "terrorism" phenomonem. In this he is absolutely right and if he really wants to give the future an inheritance he should use the remaining time to try and seriously prevent Gaia's decline. Disengaging Britain from Amerika's imperial design would be a good start.
This last weekend has sent a powerful message to world leaders. Indeed, it has been noticed even more by those who are not members of the elite group of eight. Where Gleneagles will be a communion of power-brokers, a UN-led forum of all nations would be more appropriate in the modern age. An equal participation by every country and continent is essential.
There is a good chance the G8 mob will come up with something the appease the demonstrators. They cannot be seen to ignor that many people expressing themselves in all the corners of the world. Yet we should watch them carefully, for it is the long-term goals behind their appeasement and the greater stategy that is all important. We already know about the debt cancellation and that there will be more "aid" for Africa. The might even be a bit more. If the leaders are shaken enough, they might even consider moves to implement a "fair-trade" system of sorts for less fortunate nations outside the current monopoly. What will never be on the agenda, especially while Amerikan greed is involved, will be a realignment of the world trade infrastructure itself and, sadly, this is the biggest problem of all.
Consider this. One of the main symptons of environmental change now underway is the "desertification" of parts of our planet. As water levels change, the eco-system will be unable to provide essential irrigation to certain areas. Of these area, it will be no surprise that Africa features highly. If the matter of poverty is addressed at all constructively, it will be with the establishment of sustainable economies in the poor regions. Fair trading conditions may not be enough in themselves if they are still subserviant to the monopolies of the World Trade Organisation itself. Nor will real people be much better off if they live in states where the wealth, acrued, donated or otherwise, is syphoned off to feed the greed and militaristic ambitions of local leaders. Above all, a sustainable economy that offers respite in a few years time will not necessarily be one sustainable in a long-term future desert.
Wars are fought for resources. Logically, they are fought more often when resources are short. The justification is always an ideaology but more often it is religion that is the professed excuse. After all, god is always on every side! When the reigns of power are in the hands of evangelists, the message may be benevolence, but the motive can be very different indeed. Would that we could lock the G8 protagonists inside the Geleagles Hotel (without the golf course) and refuse to let them out until they see sense.