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…