Arguing About Arguments, the Chinless, and North Korean Parrots...

Written by Ed Williams

Wanna know something that I get asked about pretty frequently from people who contact me about this column? They ask when I might write one about my views on politics and world affairs.

I really don’t know why it matters. My opinions are just that, only my opinions, and mean no more and no less than anyone else's. Inrepparttar past I’ve studiously avoided writing about politics and world events because there are already tons of people out there who write about such subjects, and, to tell y’allrepparttar 141491 truth, I wonder why some of them even bother putting inrepparttar 141492 effort. Columns about politics and world events end up being nothing more thanrepparttar 141493 columnist’s take on such things, but I guess people are interested in knowing just what those “takes“ are. Maybe they spur discussion, or something. Given that, I’m going to take one shot at giving y’all my honest slant on some ofrepparttar 141494 big news items going on out inrepparttar 141495 world today. And hey, if y’all don’t like it, don‘t worry about it, cause it‘ll be a long time before I do this again. With all that having being said, here’s a short synopsis of what I see goin’ on out inrepparttar 141496 world these days:

1. North Korea - Run by a megalomaniac who looks like a human version of a parrot dressed in green army fatigues. He constantly puffs his chest out and threatens nuclear troubles for allrepparttar 141497 world around him, whenrepparttar 141498 reality is that he can’t even feed his own people. He only hasrepparttar 141499 nuclear chip to bargain for much needed hand-outs with, so he’ll drag out negotiations regarding them for as long as possible, even though he needs said hand-outs to keep his regime afloat. Doesn’t matter inrepparttar 141500 least to him as he’ll still be eating through it all. This guy andrepparttar 141501 person in charge of runningrepparttar 141502 “Oil-for-Food” program over atrepparttar 141503 United Nations must’ve both attendedrepparttar 141504 same management school, that’s aboutrepparttar 141505 only thing I can figure.

2. Syria - Terrorist supporting nation run byrepparttar 141506 son of its previous dictator. He’s most notable for having no chin and for having even less leadership ability. Anxious to hang onto power at all costs, he’ll suck up to bothrepparttar 141507 U.S. andrepparttar 141508 terrorists with equal amounts of zeal. Pretty muchrepparttar 141509 hoochie mama ofrepparttar 141510 middle east, he’ll sing a sweet song to whomever happens to be playingrepparttar 141511 fiddle for him atrepparttar 141512 time. My money says that if someone walked up behind him and hollered “Osama” really loud that he would salute and click his heels together before he even realized what he was doing.


Written by Robert Bruce Baird

Inrepparttar words of a secret agent who has signedrepparttar 141300 Official Secrets Act in Britain we findrepparttar 141301 rationale for what government and supranational organizations have been involved in since Cleopatra, Christopher Marlowe and his own immediate predecessors Crowley and Ian Fleming. David Barrett tells us:

"Althoughrepparttar 141302 policies of 'need-to-know' and 'compartmentalized knowledge' can sometimes cause more trouble than they're worth, there are very sensible reasons for them; there are many things which do requirerepparttar 141303 highest levels of secrecy. If a careless word at an embassy cocktail party were to reveal how successful Britain was at intercepting and decrypting another country's communications, a simple change of cypher equipment or cypher key generator could throwaway years of painstaking work at GCHQ. Another careless word could causerepparttar 141304 life of a long-term, well-established British agent abroad to be threatened, or atrepparttar 141305 very to be bust open.

Lord George-Brown, a former Foreign Secretary (1966-68), raises a disturbing point about security, andrepparttar 141306 trustworthiness or otherwise of members ofrepparttar 141307 security services andrepparttar 141308 Diplomatic Service - and, by extension, MPs and Ministers of State. If someone is under suspicion, he writes,

‘Inevitably, much ofrepparttar 141309 evidence in such cases is hearsay or almost unprovable deduction, and one must reckon withrepparttar 141310 natural wish of colleagues to protect, as it were, a fellow-member ofrepparttar 141311 club, especially when they don't know, and can't really be told,repparttar 141312 full extent ofrepparttar 141313 matter. This clearly happened inrepparttar 141314 case of Burgess and Maclean. (60)

MPs themselves are a club; very senior civil servants - 'the Whitehall mandarins' - are a club, members of MI5 and MI6 are a club;repparttar 141315 British establishment, whether in public office or not, is a club. Most of these people also belong to various gentlemen's clubs; some belong to that huge but secretive club,repparttar 141316 Freemasons. Without casting any aspersions against any of these organizations, or their rules, regulations, restrictions, customs or obligations regarding 'mutual support' and 'members in need', it is not inrepparttar 141317 slightest surprising if individual members look out forrepparttar 141318 interests of each other, especially if they are friends and dinner and drinking companions. Overrepparttar 141319 years favours, large and small, are traded; when someone is potentially in trouble, fellow 'club' members are likely - rightly or wrongly - to help them out.

The sort of 'corruption' of which critics accuse Freemasonry is notrepparttar 141320 fault of Freemasonry any more than two members of any other club helping each other isrepparttar 141321 fault of that club. In most cases it's questionable whether it's even corruption. Really it's simply human nature, for good and for bad. But those who spend their lives looking for evil, will find it everywhere." (61)

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