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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

On Quixotic Manhunts and Geopolitics


We could be writing about the reaction of the American president's Gulf Spill Speech (too professorial some say) but thought otherwise. Our fellow bloggers from the U.S. are better equipped to deal with what is deemed the worst natural disaster in decades. Their territory.

Instead, why not write about this individual, American, who has decided to take matters into his own hands and, quixotically, armed with night-vision goggles, a pistol (some say with Christian texts) and a sword (!) - the most phallic of symbols - to go and look for modern times' arch-villain in the arid lands of some country in the Middle-East.

Intriguing, to say the least. Some will say that he should have to look no further than his own backyard for clues that would lead him to the iconic bad guy. That, by the way, would be extremely offensive to some of our readers.

We agree. We know next to nothing about geopolitics and the mechanics of this international manhunt. We are merely reacting to what some would call conspiracy theorists and their notion that the whole affair was an internal job. Go tell it to the victims, some of you will say.

However, and this we say with a certain degree of trepidation, the most advanced of armies on earth has access to technology that can virtually pierce the whole of the planet to the core and with their powerful lenses in orbit, it is said they can see what most of us have had for breakfast and yet, the illusive antihero is nowhere to be found.

Perhaps we are just news-fatigued. Maybe we are, cynics that we are, just saying: poo! poo! There is a lack of political will or they have not come up with a probe powerful enough to ferret out the mythological, albeit very real enfant terrible.

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