Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Julien Assange has some issues........ Ya think?
If someone dumped a print out of all the documents that Wikileaks just dumped into the world media channels in your garage, it would require a fork-lift to move them. I say 'garage' because I am doubtful there would be room in your office or home.
Jon Stewart put it in perspective in terms of what this mountain of material really reveals: not much, if anything. If Assange's motivation was to 'embarrass' us as a nation on the world stage, he has failed miserably. Here's the thing: he would have to go light years beyond just revealing some crass and candid statements made by our diplomatic corps if he wants to even come close to what we do on our own to make us look fat, stupid, greedy and 'ugly' in the eyes of the rest of the world. Anybody who spends time outside of the U.S. these days can tell you that the rosy view of Americans that persisted after WWII....is long gone. We have acted out of such obvious self-interest with such callous disregard for both the world community of nations and the environment, that we are now held almost universally in low regard. Hillary Clinton apologized to one of her secretary of state 'counterparts' from another country, only to be told, essentially, "Not a problem. You should hear what we say about YOU."
Chris Matthews, of Hardball on MSNBC, said, "But people are still trying to get into this country, right." Right, because they live in horrendous circumstances in places like Honduras and Mexico. I would be wading the river and climbing the fence too if I lived under those conditions. That doesn't change how the rest of especially the developed world sees us, warts and all. To this day, I wince when I am reminded that we refused to sign the Kyoto Accords. We were telling the world, straight-up, we're going to pollute all we want to, to hell with the environment. So, is it any wonder how we got here?
Much of what Assange is motivated by is a deep anger towards the United States. In one interview I saw it was impossible to not know that this is a seriously disturbed dude. His mannerisms, his tone....hell, just the look in his eyes when he spoke about why he wants to monkey wrench America....all were clear signals of his mental/emotional state.....and it made my skin crawl. He is now on the run, accused of committing rape and living a shadow-life as he flees from international law enforcement. He had better hope they find him before the CIA does.
But, my real point here is this: despite how deranged Assange may be, regardless of his burning desire to 'hurt' us....maybe it is just possible that he's done us a favor in essence, by holding up a mirror and saying, "Do you see how you look to the rest of us?"
So, maybe it is time we stopped looking in our own Magic Mirror and asking, "Mirror, mirror on the wall......", and stop discounting others' opinions and begin asking ourselves what we need to do to find our way back to being the good example and the beacon of freedom that we once were in the rest of the world's eyes.