Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week September 15, 2013Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
As regular readers of the Sindo will know, Jody Corcoran could be described as a dyed-in-the-wool neo-liberal, and has been pushing that agenda for years. Reading the following, I could only laugh.
For the Labour leader, Eamon Gilmore, however, the problem remains these “austerity hawks” who, he said last week, would not be allowed to use the country as an “economic experiment”.
Who knows? Maybe Gilmore really means it this time. . .
I’m sure that Jody and his colleagues will be cheering on resistance to austerity.
This week, Eoghan Harris has some sage advice for the Labour Party, including comments on its approach to the Lockout centenary. I’ll leave you to guess as to whether he wanted it to use it to assert first and foremost the principles of the labour movement. The following discussion of the IRA killing of a Dublin Castle administrator whose activities threatened the success of the Dáil’s finance campaign may offer a clue.
A minority of revisionists, of which I am one, see it as a squalid murder in an unnecessary War of Independence, which led inexorably to civil wars, and to a prolonged cult of the gun that equally inexorably produced the Provos – and will produce more of the same as long as the cult is not challenged,.
There’s the sophisticated and subtle historical analysis Eoghan Harris likes to pride himself on. The emergence of what happened in the north had nothing to do with the north. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
And finally, one of those moments that cause you to wonder if the Sindo website has been hacked. Guess who said this
The Sunni armed rebellion against Assad is Islamist in character and is backed by the Saudis and the Qataris. These backers are not interested in exporting liberal democracy. They are interested in exporting Sunni power for strategic reasons.
The Saudis recently invaded Bahrain at the request of its undemocratic rulers to crush the democratic aspirations of its Shia people. The Qataris are playing footsie with the Afghan Taliban. Victory for the Syrian rebels would result in a Sunni Islamist state where the minorities who back Assad as the lesser of two evils and the Kurds would face the kind of savage repression that Assad and his father have used on the Sunni Islamists for decades.
The West has no strategic interest in a rebel victory. John McCain and the war-mongers may see some temporary advantage for Israel in the overthrow of Assad. But they have obviously not learned the lessons of Egypt, Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan.