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Monday, June 06, 2005

Big Bully!

Big Bully!

Bolton, one of the scoundrels working behind the scenes implementing and promoting Bush's illegal wars, has been in the spotlight recently as he awaits the US Senate vote that could send him as USA's Ambassador to the UN. This man once said "If the UN Secretariat building lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference." And ironically, he is USA's choice to the UN! Well, all that is old news. He has always been infamous for being a bully. But today I came across this news article in the Guardian that takes him to a higher level. He was known to be a bully with co-workers and folks he interacted with in other departments. But according to this article, Bolton was instrumental in getting the head of Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) fired. This article also shows how the US unfairly flexes its muscles in international politics.

Related links:

  • An effort to stop Bolton from getting to the UN

  • A good biography - not one Bolton would want to read.

  • One more biography.


At Tue Jun 07, 02:10:00 AM, Blogger Ms. V said...

Are there any of the good US men in power? Let me rephrase that. Are there any good US men???

At Tue Jun 07, 06:09:00 AM, Blogger Balakumar said...

Yes, there are. But not enough to combat the dark side of the force.

At Tue Jun 07, 10:08:00 AM, Blogger maheshbalaji said...

are we talking about 'Skywalkers' here?!! anyways... i oft get reminded about this quip -

'ppl in US r gud, govt is bad;
govt OK in Ind, ppl aint that gud!'


At Tue Jun 07, 10:24:00 AM, Blogger Balakumar said...

I think the quip is ridiculous. I know tonnes of people who say "Drop a Daisy Bomb on the Afghans or Iraqis and rid them off the face of this Earth.". That is the respect they give to the lives of people in other countries. And when innocent people in other countries are killed, it is a small news item. But a person mauled in the US by a dog or a runaway bride will take up the prime spot on national news for weeks. Let us not forget that a majority of the people still say "Support the troops" even though they know those troops are out there killing innocent people, raping them and torturing them. Most people even justify the behavior of the troops - they are away from their families, they are inexperienced, they see friends die, blah blah blah. None of that is a justification for the atrocities they commit. So I dont buy the "People are good, Govt is bad" line. The people are just as guilty as the Govt. It doesn't mean everyone is bad though. The voice of the good, unfortunately is muffled out. US continues to be an aggressive nation as are a majority of its people - and most always at the cost of other lives/people.

As for people in India, I have seen enough good to feel proud of my country. Not that there is no evil... but there is overwhelmingly more good than evil. Explains a 5000+ year rich civilization.

At Tue Jun 07, 11:12:00 AM, Blogger Balakumar said...

Heres what a Daisy can do:

At Tue Jun 07, 11:21:00 AM, Blogger Random Access said...

Jai Hind!

And makki, I always wonder why people in India are the first to talk ill about India.

I would rather rephrase it like this.. In India, the family is in surplus, the govt is in deficit. In US, the family is in deficit, the govt is in surplus.

Ridicule is a miniscule word to describe what makki has portrayed. I feel ashamed...not of my country!

Say what, India is the best!!!

Random Access
The search has just begun !!!

At Tue Jun 07, 04:28:00 PM, Blogger Ms. V said...

Indian people ain't good????? Are you @^$#ing kidding me? What kinda people do you hang out with? :P Sure we have our share of a$$holes. But I don't think you'll find warmer people in this world than Indians.

I completely agree with Bala! Most Americans have no respect for the lives of the people of other nations, living or dead!

Ohh yeah. And that runaway bride deal made me so MAD!!! Disgusting.

At Tue Jun 07, 05:57:00 PM, Blogger Anjali said...

Hey Bala!Thz for visiting my blog and ur cooments.I totally in agreement with u.Random andMs.V.East or west even if (politicians)twain shall not meet-India is the best.

At Wed Jun 08, 11:34:00 AM, Blogger maheshbalaji said...

my bad! i dint ascribe to the comment! i jus said i got reminded of it!

and i wud dfntly say there is no better place to live than India! take it to Rara and V to degrade a person! paaveengala! ok i will make a stragiht statement here...

even i think Americans are haughty f^$%ers and indians are the best ppl one can get, anywhere in the world! pothuma!

need to be careful about my comments from now on i guess!

At Wed Jun 08, 12:01:00 PM, Blogger Balakumar said...

Adhu ennada "my bad", "your bad"? To my ear it sounds like nine inch nails belting out a number. I get irritated whenever someone uses that phrase. Its like the "What up" phrase that is becoming common now.

As for the best people in the world,
it is not just India that is amiable. Go to a home in Iran, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Palestine, Iraq etc and you are most likely going to get a wonderful welcome.

I think the folks from the East in general are very benign. The Eastern philosophy of always giving the guest a special place at the dinner table is fundamentally different from the "my private space" concept in the West.

The "I" takes precedence in the West; but in the East we are discouraged from using it right from the time we are kids.

And the East has matured over thousands of years. The West is like a child trying to still get her/his bearings.

A fundamental contributor is tolerance - Tolerance to other religions, cultures, etc is significantly higher in the East because of the exposure to them thru the years. The West has not had that luxury and so they view the world like a Kupamanduka (frog in the well that knows only its tiny world and is ignorant of the world outside).

At Wed Jun 08, 08:03:00 PM, Blogger Anjali said...

Bala!Thz for jikku's link.She is awesome.

At Thu Jun 09, 10:09:00 AM, Blogger maheshbalaji said...

hey Bala, jus realised i dont hav u'r yahoo id! hope u'r online... jus mail it to me!

another qn abt u'r blog... jus very recently u made an effort to make it 'less political' if i may say so. i mean, earlier it always used to be about the war...OK not always but mostly. i wud say.. no wonder i am commenting only now! not that i aint wannu talk political issues... but hey evlothaan pesarthu?! u heard of the 'Circle of influence'? ;)

At Thu Jun 09, 10:49:00 AM, Blogger Balakumar said...

To begin with I thought America's illegal war would be denounced by everyone else since it was so obvious they were not really concerned about Saddam or his people's sufferings. But overtime I just got frustrated with the lack of action on their parts to stop this war... So, I just stopped thinking too much about it... Hence the non-war posts.

At Thu Jun 09, 08:05:00 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

The Bolton bio you linked to is excellent. I'm terribly concerned about his role with the UN, but I'm more concerned about our ongoing global arrogance.

Schoolyard bullies eventually get ganged up on. You'd think our government would get that. There's going to be darkness ahead, and we're currently doing everything possible to make that a reality sooner rather than later.

At Thu Jun 09, 08:45:00 PM, Blogger Balakumar said...

Amanda: Thanks for stopping by and your comments. I cannot agree more with your perspective. It is sad that not many people here think as much of the rest of the world.

Rest of you guys: See, there are Americans who are just as concerned as we are. Its just that their voices are hardly heard over the din created by the warmongers.

At Sun Jun 12, 02:02:00 PM, Blogger Anjali said...

bala!pudhu entry thedi thedi kalapadainthen


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