|What a day..........
The IRA is giving "due consideration" to an appeal by Gerry Adams for it to embrace politics and abandon the armed struggle....What the bollocks is Gerry Adams thinking?
Currently, the IRA (Adams heads the political wing known as the "Sinn Fein") is not an open-basis politcal movement, but moreso a group of semi-radical guerillas-- some go as far to call them terrorists, which, in a sense, to any opposition, I'm sure they are-- who have not made any massive attacks as an army in quite a while. They've never had much choice, although they have support, they're not going to achieve results without some serious action, which most supporters are not in favor of- if you lose all your people in the struggle, who will be left to keep it alive? The last major components of the struggle were the $50mil robbery in NI (December) and the murder of Robert McCartney (you may have seen his sisters in the media recently, blah blah blah, good job for making the cover of some newspapers, WHAT THE HELL DO MOST AMERICANS CARE?). The thing is, that's a HUGE source of the problem in the IRA- yes, they're united for a common good, but they all have different ideas in how to bring revolution about (or just chaos, in some cases). It's safe to assume that by quitting the bank-robbery, murder, and whatever other forms of supposed violence, they'll stick to the stuff that got us in the gut the first time- the hunger strike, the non-violent mass worker protests, did I mention the hunger strike? Sure, it ultimately led to the Good Friday agreement (ceasefire of 1994), but hey, something's still happening, right? Why give up armed struggles now?
Hmm, let's see, today's date.. April 7th, 2005? How many days until May 5th? 27, I believe? *cough cough* Truly the right move for the IRA?
Hmm....... I'll be back with that on a later date.
"That's why it is action from the IRA that counts - not words from Sinn Fein.""
"Glassy-eyed, no cognitive ability, persistent vegetative state. Poor Terri Schiavo - the unwitting personification of the Christian right."
| Wolfowitz confirmed at World Bank...
It seems as though Americans were watching the news today constantly, although solely because we are in the midst of "moral crises" (Oh please!), no one seemed to notice the fact that today Europe backed the appointment of US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. As Neo-Conservatists rejoice, even some of the current administration was weary of the nomination, and many thought Robert Zoellick (US Trade Negotiator) would be the nominee. Who is Wolfowitz??
Former ambassador to Indonesia, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, major affiliate in ACDA (the same type of stuff my uncle does now) and SALT, Wolfowitz has been a part of both ends of the political-economic spectrum....What is the World Bank??
The World Bank is an association of 184 member countries that provide economic assistance for some of the world's poorest countries, works to supposedly 'reduce poverty', and help build many things that our government wpa's do- build dams, roadways, provide health care and education...Is he the right man for the job?
In my opinion, Yes. While it is quite a change from Clinton-appointee of 10 years ago Wolfensohn, the change is even somewhat necessary. Part of the biggest problem of the world bank is that it gives out money and helps so much that the poor, 'developing' countries depend on this aide to become developed, and is not practical. The borrowing governments aren't just borrowing money at practically non-existent interest, but are depending on the manpower and intel to do these things. It needs a shift to the right, which Wolfowitz can bring about while also balancing the role of the left.