"No world leader" is going to the Beijing Olympics? The world is a-changing. A handful of US or Europeans bigshots do not make up the "world."
Besides, when those high-&-mighty dispensaries of moral lectures pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan, tell their Israeli friends to lay off, and quit running for corporate interests, maybe they'd be a bit more credible. A bit more only, for even if they stop now, there would still be the past to settle accounts over.
Darfur? The US is arming the southern rebels, hoping one day to grab the oilfields in southern Sudan. Somebody tell newborn "anti-imperialists" Mia Farrow or George Clooney? Germany's giving (not selliing) nuclear-capable subs to Israel. Britain wants corporate giants to grab hold of raw material and water supplies in southern Africa (hence the Mugabe issue). France has troops posted all over French-speaking Africa to prop up friendly leaders there. It's also setting up a military base in Dubai.
China? Only running by standard capitalist rules, like all the others, and paradoxically helping drive sub-Saharan Africa's 5-6 percent annual average growth rates. "World leaders" from the oh-how-sweet Western countries never did.
Apr 20 2008 - 3:53am