I wonder if the Daily Mail editor, who does the layout, noticed the appropriateness of placing the following two stories beside each other…
The first concerns an utterance by the Mayor of London.
“Boris Johnson was today accused of 'unpleasant, careless elitism'
after claiming some people were not bright enough to get on in the modern world.”
The second is about a US woman, who seems to prove his point.
“Mother, 27, who 'gave birth in bar bathroom and stuffed baby in the toilet
before watching pay-per-view wrestling with friends' faces death penalty.”
A view into the abyss from outside and inside...
I have been a military officer and was trained in ABC (atomic, biological, chemical) weapons defense. I understand the horror of each.
What I do not understand is the hypocrisy. The United States Government rants about the use of chemical weapons, but maintains a large stockpile of said weapons. Also, they use and maintain supplies of atom-tipped munitions, which have a much longer half-life than any biological or chemical weapon, and use land mines and cluster bombs, which endanger for years after being dropped more civilians than soldiers. They refuse to sign treaties banning these weapons, which most countries have. The weapons lobby fight against such bans, because profit comes before humanity. As I have written before, I do not understand the morale outrage at others doing as they would do. That is nothing but crass hypocrisy.
And, the moral high ground, which the US and Britain claim to dominate, seems to be about as high as the land along the coast of Holland...and the dike is leaky. Fingers, usually used for pointing at others, are all needed to plug the leaks in credibility--if they ever had any. A media report revelaed that Britain has been exporting chemicals to Syria, which can be used to produce chemical weapons. Here is a case of profiting from hypocrisy.
Below are two good pieces, one from each side of the Atlantic, which reveals that both countries have intelligent citizens.
One excerpt: "Punishing" a dictator for killing his own people by simply killing more of his own people seems beyond cruel. It seems stupid. It leads nowhere.
From the US:
One excerpt: As John Updike wrote: “America is beyond power, it acts as in a dream, as a face of God. Wherever America is, there is freedom, and wherever America is not, madness rules with chains, darkness strangles millions. Beneath her patient bombers, paradise is possible.”
_ If you want see what stupid, easily-manipulated humans look like, merely check out the line in front of a Hollister/Abercrombe & Fitch store. People wait in line, controlled by “security” staff, to enter a dimly lit store and finger mediocre garments on offer at high prices (ie. high profit margin).
The only thing keeping this brand alive is a foolish notion that it is something “special”, despite the fact that so many don the same look. This proves the power of brands and the stupidity/gullibility of humans. (Of course, all brands would like to achieve this, but managers are not intelligent enough to figure out how or are not willing to take the necessary steps.)
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.