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I wish for... Mar. 18th, 2003 09:23 pm
... Straight answers and an understanding of the real international situation.
... Recognition that it is, unfortunately, not always in the greater public interest for everyone to know everything.
... Nations that pay heed to international diplomacy, and for their peers to create a diplomatic environment based on the greater good rather than crude politicking.
... Leaders that recognise themselves as servants of democracy, and an educated and informed electorate with the courage to vote in the interests of the greater good, and to face difficult decisions.
... Politicians that we can trust with greater knowledge and power than those they serve.
... An end to religious and idealistic extremism and hate.
... An end to global attitudes that value cars and oil above sovereignty, human life and the environment.
... Nations that face up to their international commitments on the use of chemical or radioactive weaponry, the treatment of prisoners and the legal conduct of war.
... An acceptance of the sad fact that peace declared unilaterally is surrender; that only war can be declared by one side.
... An adherance to the concepts of human rights and international equality.
... Some way to resolve all the contradictions in the above.
... The strength to live with those contradictions and continue with my own projects without succumbing to depression.

... Time.

Right now I'm going to bed; to take some time to read a little more of the History of the Twentieth Century which I abandoned months back.

From: softfruit
Date: March 18th, 2003 - 01:40 pm (Link)
Leaders that recognise themselves as servants of democracy, and an educated and informed electorate with the courage to vote in the interests of the greater good, and to face difficult decisions.

The latter probably is the best route to the former. The masses get the government they richly deserve, unfortunately foisting it on the rest of us in the process!

urm

From: sibelian
Date: March 18th, 2003 - 02:17 pm (Link)

I'm not convinced that the masses *deserve* any government.
From: ardaniel
Date: March 18th, 2003 - 01:47 pm (Link)
I think we should get back to sacred kingship. Not so much in the "absolute sovereignty" sense, but in the "hey, dude? you can run the show, but if people starve and work is scarce and the omens are wrong, it's YOUR blood's gonna water the ground-- and more than that, you'll be OK with it because you've been raised with that expectation of the lord of the land your whole life" sense.

Certainly cut down on the number of dilettantes.

oh, dear. No no no no...

From: sibelian
Date: March 18th, 2003 - 02:22 pm (Link)

"Certainly cut down on the number of dilettantes."

It really wouldn't, yer know. Yer know why? All they have to do is sit back and twiddle their thumbs for a bit and let the country run itself so everyone thinks it's hunky dory, then set up some legislation that gives them a get out clause from the axe based on some reasonable-looking hypothetical situation, work to bring it about *in tandem* with their ambitions and they're away. People like kings and aren't keen to execute them. They get away with all sorts of nastiness.

Kings did all this shit before, man. What we need is nobody telling us wot ter do.

Rant complete. Will not raise again.

Re: oh, dear. No no no no...

From: feanelwa
Date: March 19th, 2003 - 03:01 am (Link)
Just like, er, this government then?

Re: oh, dear. No no no no...

From: feanelwa
Date: March 19th, 2003 - 03:01 am (Link)
All they have to do is sit back and twiddle their thumbs for a bit and let the country run itself so everyone thinks it's hunky dory, then set up some legislation that gives them a get out clause from the axe based on some reasonable-looking hypothetical situation, work to bring it about *in tandem* with their ambitions and they're away.
Just like, er, this government then?