Why am I depressed?
If you’ve got five minutes I’ll tell you why I’m depressed.
I’m an academic mathematician working at a university in the
For the past four years I’ve done something else as well. I’ve consistently defended the
If you want to know my position: I’m in favour of the Western civilization we’ve got (or had 30 years ago) and want to preserve it rather than trade it in for a newer, but clunkier and bloodier version. I believe that
Now this defence thing started off fairly badly. My colleagues were fairly convinced that whilst 9/11 was a terrible thing maybe
I’ve put up with a lot of flak but have been tolerated and politely heard (and that’s saying something, because I can be quite inflammatory – or so my spouse tells me).
Anyway, over the past six months I’ve noticed a change. To be blunt, I’ve felt that the tide has turned. The latest move forward has been after the charming response to the Pope’s lecture [no need for links, you know what I mean]. I sat at lunch and listened to my colleagues fulminate. I admit I brought the subject up, but I didn’t have to say another word. Everyone was condemning the response, no-one was blaming
That was on Friday.
Then on Sunday morning I spot this story:
Venezuelahas made a formal complaint to the USauthorities and the United Nations after its foreign minister was detained at a airport. New York
USstate department has apologised to Nicolas Maduro who was detained for 90 minutes at 's JFK airport as he travelled home. New York
He had been attending this week's UN General Assembly meeting.
He said he was verbally abused and strip-searched in what he said was a "flagrant breach of international law".”
Chavez Foreign Minister Gets "Secondary Screening"
“Just a little wake-up call from Satan to Hugo: Chavez: U.S. detained foreign minister. (Hat tip: LGF readers.)”
So I followed that up and read:
The airline identified him for secondary screening,"
spokesman Russ Knocke said in
Airlines check passengers names against watch lists and apply certain criteria — such as paying for a ticket with cash — to direct passengers to a more intensive, or "secondary," screening process.
"From secondary screening the department was able to confirm his identity as the foreign minister for
," Knocke said. Venezuela
And thought “Oh dear!”
Actually I didn’t, but I can’t tell you what I really thought. No, I can’t. No, it’s not printable.
“I hope he was given a full cavity search...”,
or Murqtaad, who says
And we let him go because.....?
Because he's a diplomat, of course. Can't go arresting thugs if they have a "D" on their plates.
IMO, Chavez and Mahmoud shoulda been held. F world opinion. Someone has to do the right thing.
or Superdave TWC, who says:
Oh my Goodness! They detained a foreign anti-American thug?
Why was he detained for only an hour?
Why is he not in G'itmo?
Why am I going to get hell on Monday? The very short answer is `because Maduro is
More detail (I wouldn’t need to explain this to my British colleagues-they’d all take it as read) – you show respect to the office even if there’s a dribbling thug currently occupying it. From my reading it seems that any worthwhile American instinctively understands this when it comes to, for example POTUS but not, perhaps for the elected officials of other democracies.
Now you may be getting ready to argue here. After all we’re talking about a minor South American country run by a thug (no argument there, Superdave WTC) and, on reading this version of events, it looks as though it might even be a setup, but that’s not the point.
There’s no way he should have been allowed to go to the airport without somebody letting airport security know who he was. There’s no way he should have been detained and (if he was) there’s no way he should have been strip-searched.
Now people like Ted and Murqtaad not only do not regret this event, but wish that more indignities had been heaped upon him and I sympathise with how they feel. But such expressions of irritation and anger should be made in private and Ted, in case it escaped your notice, you’re not. In case you forgot, www stands for World-wide web. Note the first word.
In public the
There’s long been an isolationist trend in the
Chavez was unbelievably rude in the UN – that's indisputably true. But Chavez made an idiot of himself-now you want to reap the benefit.
In these circumstances, nothing impresses your friends (and even bystanders) more than to respond to rudeness with politeness. That urbane politeness that is maintained by a host in the face of extreme provocation by a guest. Nothing, in my humble opinion, is better calculated to inspire the rest of the family. Eschew the bluster, avoid the insult, show the grace that flows from supreme self-confidence coupled with good manners. Do this, and you not only impress the Anglosphere, you might even persuade some Venezuelans that the embarrassment is all theirs and they should ditch the public face of that embarrassment in short order. If not, no matter. Your friends and allies will notice and it will stiffen their resolve.
I’m not talking appeasement here. I’m not suggesting kowtowing to your enemies, I’m talking about the normal civilities between nations which should only stop on the declaration of war (and sometimes not even then – it’s always best to have some channel of communication, even with a rat).
Well, my colleagues will certainly take this attitude and they will be stunned and disgusted that the
And that’s why I’m going to have a really bad time tomorrow.
I wonder if I should call in sick?