Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wikileaks and the Involvement of the Syrians in the 2006 Cartoon Riots

(Hat tip to Hot Air)

"Good news, mein Fuehrer. Wikileaks is releasing the secret protocols of the 1939 Soviet-German non-aggression pact. It proves the Soviets wanted to gobble up Eastern Poland.  We are saved!"

Hot Air reports that  the Wikileaks documents are not all bad for our side. It seems a lot of people are going to be embarrassed-like the Assad regime in Syria, which apparently had a lot to do with the  Danish cartoon riots in that country in 2006.

So apparently, when an Arab leader says, "riot", they riot. How thoughtful of the Syrians to protect the French embassy, don't you think?

Speaking of France, the French periodical Le Monde has named Julian Assange as their Man of the Year.  (I wonder if they ever named Pierre Laval Man of the Year.)

Meanwhile back in the US, the mad-hatters at MSNBC are singing the praises of Mr Assange, who has disclosed not only classified documents, but has also divulged names of covert operatives, informants, and private cooperation between the US and members of other governments because the people have the right to know everything.

Yet, it wasn't so long ago that those same mad-hatters at MSNBC were crying  for the scalps of Karl Rove, George Bush, Dick Cheney, and "Scooter Libby" because they had "blown the cover" of covert CIA agent Valerie Plame, who was long removed from any covert role and was connecting Xs and Os at Langley. Never mind that it was Richard Armitage who had leaked the info carelessly and fessed up to it. For the first time in recorded memory, MSNBC anchors were law and order advocates worried about the security of the CIA.

It all comes down to whose ox is getting gored.


Anonymous said...

It isn't good that other nations are embarassed. The leaders of those nations (or representatives) will be less likely to speak candidly in the future with US negotiatiors. The people who speak highly of wikileaks don't get it.

Lance Christian Johnson said...

Speaking of France, the French periodical Le Monde has named Julian Assange as their Man of the Year. (I wonder if they ever named Pierre Laval Man of the Year.)

Perhaps their "Man of the Year" is more about influence/significance than admirable traits, much like Time.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

It ALWAYS comes down to who's ox is getting gored Gary. Your own posts are a prime example, as Lance never misses a chance to point out.

(Note: TIME did once name Hitler as it's man of the year, and it wasn't a decision made out of sheer admiration.)

Gary Fouse said...


Why don't you call them and ask them.

Lance Christian Johnson said...

Probably because I'm not the one who mentioned it in a blog post and got all indignant about it.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

The more I look at this, the more I realize what I had previously been missing. OF COURSE some government secret service was behind the rioting about the cartoons. Ordinary people with jobs and families generally don't go out in mobs and kill, even if their religion is insulted, UNLESS someone organizes them to do so. From the Grand Mufti to the Assad regime, the instigators ALWAYS have an ulterior motive, generally something to do with keeping themselves in power.