The Redefinition of Global History

(Canceled until further notice)

It strikes me that the hyperbole and hysterics, all around, to the initial release of the Wikileaks documents is unwarranted and overblown. In any event, at this time there has been no new revelations that were not already known from other public sources or deducible from existing documents and evidence.

I guess, though, that some people just don’t get around very much.

I’m fully in agreement with Dr. Bruce Bechtol,  Professor of International Relations at the Marine Corps Command and Staff College , (“Wikileaks cables not so damaging: expert“, Australian Broadcasting Corporation),

“The only thing in there that is new … is the fact there were cables going back and forth between Washington and Beijing, with Washington seeking Beijing’s help in stopping North Korean proliferation,” he said.

“Everything else that’s been reported on in these articles is nothing new.”

In fact, the revelations here are not only not damaging, they are not even enlightening (although it is interesting how one man’s “damage” is another’s “enlightenment”, which might be the more interesting lesson from all this, since it reminds me of Rumi’s poem Green Ears).

At this time, it’s also hard to see how the purported whistle-blower, Pfc Bradley Manning, thought that the cables described “how the first world exploits the third world, in detail”.

The “redefining of global history”? Canceled until further notice…

2 responses to “The Redefinition of Global History”

  1. Scott says :

    “WikiLeaks is what happens when the entire US government is forced to go through a full-body scanner.” –New media guru Evgeny Morozov;
    And pat-down, too.
    Found on John Brown’s Public Diplomacy Press blog.
    Irony. You just gotta’ love it. Nietzsche thought that without music, life would be a mistake. But I think it’s irony that makes life interesting.

  2. Scott says :

    At least another media outlet, The Christian Science Monitor, has also suggested that the mad furor over the Wikileaks release of US diplomatic cables is a tempest in a teapot.

    Interesting, though, (maybe perverse is the better word) is Hillary Clinton’s description of the leak as “an attack on the international community”. Drivel. But a lot of dribblers will probably whole-heartedly agree that it’s 9/11 deja vú and that “you’re either with us or agin’ us” all over again.

    More irony. (I can’t take too much more irony, actually, or I might have to commit myself to an asylum for the sane).

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