There is something very few people in the blogosphere seem to taking into account in talking about Wikileaks. Right now we are living a moment of tremendous economic instability and turbulence… not to mention two wars running and two more (Iran and Korea) waiting in the wings, world food prices are rising… it goes on and on. Bad times, the worst times since the 1930s, and you may remember how they ended.
Obviously this is a moment where those who have been chosen (democratically or otherwise) to take decisions which affect the lives, income and welfare of millions of people should be able to communicate frankly and calmly with each other and reach agreements quickly.
To put it mildly, people like Julian Assange or Glenn Beck are not helpful right now. To tolerate them is frivolous.
What irritates me especially in the middle of all this is the monumental incoherence and myopia of those who applaud and enable the tactics of Wikileaks.
If the powerful of the world are as evil, brutal, venal and unscrupulous as the Wikileaks data-dump makes them out to be… and they could be all of that, and much, much worse, do you think that they are just going to sit back quietly and watch while the “truth” sets us “free”?
Only a fool could believe that.
This is like going up to a Mafia hit-man and squirting him with a water pistol.
What we are going to get from this, minimally, is an “Official Secrets Act” like the British have and if that don’t get it, there will be legislation passed that, if necessary, will rival “China’s Great Firewall”… don’t doubt if for a minute. And I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the Newspapers that are publishing the material come to regret having done so.
Remember that Wilson passed the Sedition Act of 1918, and that Lincoln suspended habeas corpus during the Civil War.
But we are not really at war, you say.
No problem, a Gulf of Tonkin provocation is engineered and we actually declare war on Iran.
But that would have terrible consequences, you say, it would damage the economy and many people would die.
Don’t think for a minute that the people who started such a war would lose money on the deal or send their sons to fight in it.
I would like a revolution as much as the next man, but Wikileaks isn’t going to bring a revolution, it is going to bring a counterrevolution… And that may be what is behind it all in the first place.