Stuff I'm thinking about...

Monday, February 11, 2008
Hugo Chavez is threatening to cut off oil supplies to the US. It seems that Chavez upset a few multi-nationals when he nationalized a number of oil operations in Venezuela a little while ago. In retaliation, companies such as Exxon Mobil have launched lawsuits in countries where Venezuela's national oil company has assets effectively freezing those funds. Never one to be outdone, Chavez came back and stated that he has no qualms about joining the "economic war" on the US and that if Exxon Mobil and others continue, oil will reach $200 a barrel. Hmmmm. Now, I'm all for sticking it to the large multi-national, earth-raping, money-hungry corporations. And I think that, when it comes to oil especially oil located in other countries, the US has used some pretty heavy handed tactics. While I doubt oil will reach such a milestone anytime soon, I say go for it Hugo. My only concern is for the average Joe in the US who relies on the cheaper oil Venezuela provides. Come on folks, you're supposed to be the leaders of the world and yet...well...you know. Their probably the biggest gas guzzlers in the world and focus more on appropriating foreign sources of oil rather than helping protect the planet. Ideally the loss of the imported oil would spur the government to funnel more funds towards finding alternate sources of energy (wind, solar, etc) and reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. However, my fear is that instead they'd switch to drilling in protected regions of Alaska and the arctic and potentially destroy the fragile ecosystem. All it takes is one spill....

Speaking of the environment, where is this issue in the all the gibberish being spouted by the few remaining presidential candidates. With the Republicans, it's all about continuing (and "winning") the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (and likely eventually invading Iran although that's not being talked about) and the economy. With the Democrats, it's all about ending the current wars and the economy. I vaguely remember Clinton and Edwards talking about "green-collar" jobs back when the primaries first began. What happened? Apparently the environment has turned into a non issue...? For the Dems, you'd think this would be up there on their list of priorities. Sure, I understand Iraq and the economy are important issues for the average American but so is the environment. Considering it might come down to courting the super-delegates and not the average American, I'd be pumping up this issue as well....Al Gore's a super delegate you know. And I'm guessing that he's still got quite a bit of influence with other top party members. Perhaps I'm living in dream land, an idealistic place where the clouds are multicoloured puffs of cotton candy and not filled with acid rain....

Guantanamo. It's expected that the US government will announce today that they will seek the death penalty against some of the detainees at Guantanamo. While this itself doesn't shock me, I'm surprised they've waited so long to come out with it, it's the process that sticks in my craw. First of all, some of these people have been held, without trial since 2002. What about due process? The Nuremburg Trials following World War II didn't take this long and those people were responsible for a far greater number of deaths than the supposed terrorists being held in Cuba. And what about the information interrogaters have obtained from these individuals? If you water-boarded me for 5 seconds, I'd probably admit that I planned and took part in the 9/11 attacks. What do you expect to hear when you torture people? Frankly, I thought the world had evolved a bit since the Spanish Inquisition but I guess that's just me being naive again. CNN is reporting this morning (on TV...no link on the website at time of writing this) that the detainees will not be tried by a US court or court system, it won't even be under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It will be tried by a special court created/approved by Congress specifically for these individuals involved in the "war on terrorism". Excuse me? Could that be any more biased? How on earth do you expect to have a fair trial when those deciding the fate of these men are the ones who've been directly or indirectly affected by their alleged actions? Does no one remember that there is an international court in the Hague? Um, wait, let me see, there's actually a number of international courts which have been held in the Hague including the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice. It was also the location of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. I'm outraged but then again, the trees in my world are made of candied apples.

4 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

I'm all for Chavez sticking it to the States. When you read The Shock Doctrine, you'll understand exactly why.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I wish Hugo would cut off his supply of oil to us. Maybe then we'd get serious about developing other sources of energy. That business in Gitmo shows just how incompetent our leadership is and how little they know about prosecuting a war and a war trial. They are an embarassment to most of us law and freedom loving Americans. I can't wait for them to be gone.

Wandering Coyote said...

Did you see The Hour last night? Danny Glover was on and he is FRIENDS with both Hugo and Fidel! I thought that was great!

Gardenia said...

You have very valid concerns. I have written Hillary and Obama several times asking them to clarify their stance on Social Security issues. They don't even have a peon staffer that can send a return standardized position email about this. But they can send emails asking for money.

I'm with you on Venezuela - keep your damn oil. If Wyoming truly is the "Saudi Arabia" of the western hemisphere, then pump em up. Building some housing out there so people who are needed can move out of their tents and barracks.

It is telling that the environment is back in the closet isn't it?

I dunno - politics give me no hope. The world is run by huge doses of testosterone.

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