What’s the deal here???
Middle East peace… it’s apparently the biggest thing to happen on the news lately. So Bush invited some people over for tea and they’re shaking hands and agreeing to progress towards peace.
I have no doubt that this is a big step forward, but watching CNN, I could not help but blister at the cheek of this guy!
First off, let’s start off with some semiotics… Bush gave a rather long speech (why wouldn’t he?) with both Mr Abbas and Mr Olmert standing on either side of the podium while he was GIVING THE SPEECH… I don’t much about international politics and protocols, but I was under the impression that those positions are normally reserved for the First Lady (Bush’s) and/or the goons that block bullets. This stinks badly of a well planned photo op. To make sure that all (press) present will HAVE to take these “historic photos”, and hopefully plaster them all over the front pages.
Ok fine, they might be there to show him support. But when it is finally their turn to speak, the translators assigned to translate their speeches to MILLIONS of people all around the world were…. 1) a woman and 2) a guy that made Mr Olmert say that “this is an impotent conference”
I understand that it might be difficult to find capable people who can speak both languages fluently but come on, this conference did not happen overnight. Conferences like these are hard to plan I’m sure. Think of the diplomatic protocols and invitations to send out. The press to invite. And more importantly, those NOT to invite or as I call them “People who report the truth”. No matter, silly me, I thought that planning a conference like this would be SLIGHTLY less taxing on logistic and human resource than say… staging a full scale war.I mean these are the same people that planned and executed an attack on a helpless nation based on nothing but fiction in less than a month. WMD is not a dirty word.
I have no issues with female translators, but it is kind of hard to take a grown man seriously when he is standing on a podium and out of his mouth comes a squeaky voice. Please please don’t get me started on the “impotent conference”.
Next up, the news casters were gushing on and on about how historic this event is and what a big progress it is, and I quote “This is the first time that something like that has happened for the past 7 years”!
Now, I might not know my maths and current events very well, but what else happened during the last 7 years? Hmmm… Yes, I believe that Bush was elected President. So, now we are applauding him for FINALLY getting off his tush to get something done??? This is not an issue that just sprang up recently. For goodness sake, it’s been more than 50 years!!
Recently, I read an article about the difference between a “mediocre” leader and a “fantastic” leader. Summary of that article, “fantastic” leaders will not go with the conventions of the masses and be able to find success through their path by thinking “out of the box”. By this yardstick, Bush has been a really amazing leader. But in some parts of the world, namely mine, we have another name for these people who insist on doing things their way, no matter what others, including experts might be saying. We call them idiots. Don’t get me started on the War on Terror, Leave no Children Effect and Global Warming…
I don’t know, maybe Bush is trying his best to be the best leader that he can be. I mean it would be huge if he could bring peace to the Middle East… He’ll be like Reagan with the Cold War. He won’t end up being “mediocre” like Clinton and even his own pappy and go down in history as “fantastic”. God knows, he’s been trying for the past 7 years; blatantly ignoring information from unreliable sources like “books” and “experts”.
But like I’ve said, there is no doubt that this IS a big step forward. Maybe the guy finally realize that he can make a difference and start something that matter. That would be great but being the cynical bastard that I am,
I say this stinks of one big photo op for him to stamp his legacy. But whatever… the ends justify the means right?
Tell me that I am wrong.