Live from Brussels
Musings from a bored analyst/project-manager.
Friday, November 21, 2003
Letter to the Editor
This morning I read a letter to the editor in my paper that made me want to reply, but it probably wouldn't have been worth the paper as it wouldn't get published anyway. That's why I'll do it here...
In short, some woman was complaining that president Bush's visit to the U.K. cost over €6.000.000, and it was a shame, and he should spend that money on the poor people in Iraq, and blah blah blah...
What an ignorant, petty and misguided complaint! Helloooo? Bush did everything he could to get an $87.000.000.000 package approved by the U.S. senate only a few weeks ago. Six million more or less won't make a difference....
If she really wanted to help Iraq, this woman should be demanding to know why her own government spent less on Iraqi aid than it costs for some 'Texan cowboy' to visit London. Yes, that's right, Belgium pledged only €5.000.000 for aid. And actively tried to keep a dictator in place that killed thousands of Iraqi's... But I guess it's all Bush's fault.
Thursday, November 20, 2003
Belgian P.M. Talks Rubbish... Again!
Driving home from work today, I heard Guy Verhofstadt, our P.M., react to the bombings in Turkey today. He said it would be a good idea to form a 'world-wide front against terrorism', something, like, 'what happened shortly after 9/11'. He also said 'past differences' should be put aside... Sounds good, right?
But then came the kicker: this 'new front', who should be involved heavily in it? Right, the U.N.! And I guess unilateralism would be right out, too...
In other words, same old, same old...
O.J. Simpson II?
Heard on the radio today that an arrest warrant was issued for Michael Jackson. Want to bet this will turn into a new O.J. Simpson-like circus? Great news for lawyers and media types...
Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Brilliant paragraph from Mark Steyn:
Telegraph | Opinion | It's 'peace' psychosis in a nut's hell: "The fanatical Muslims despise America because it's all lapdancing and gay porn; the secular Europeans despise America because it's all born-again Christians hung up on abortion; the anti-Semites despise America because it's controlled by Jews. Too Jewish, too Christian, too Godless, America is also too isolationist, except when it's too imperialist. And even its imperialism is too vulgar and arriviste to appeal to real imperialists: let's face it, the ghastly Yanks never stick it to the fuzzy-wuzzy with the dash and élan of the Bengal Lancers, which appears to be the principal complaint of Sir Max Hastings and his ilk. To the mullahs, America is the Great Satan, a wily seducer; to the Gaullists, America is the Great Cretin, a culture so self-evidently moronic that only stump-toothed inbred Appalachian lardbutts could possibly fall for it. American popular culture is utterly worthless, except when one of its proponents - Michael Moore, Sean Penn, Susan Sarandon - attacks Bush, in which case he or she is showered with European awards and sees the foreign-language rights for his latest tract sell for six figures at Frankfurt. The fact that the best-selling anti-Americans are themselves American - Moore, Chomsky - is perhaps the cruellest manifestation of the suffocating grip of the hyperpower. "
An Indymedia Experiment
Yesterday night I decided on a little experiment. Instapundit already reported about an Italian 'anti-imperialist' group collecting money for the Iraqi resistance (also for weapons etc.).
So I posted the news to Indymedia Belgium, wanting to see how the peace-loving folks there would react to a group collecting money to wage war: Support the Iraqi resistance : IMC Belgium.
The post has been up for almost twelve hours now, with no reaction so far. I must say, that's quite a lot longer than anything else I've ever posted there. For those of you who don't know, Indymedia Belgium is quite well known for its very effective and quick censorship team. But some things are more censorworthy than others, it seems...