Eagle and serpent

explorations and philosophy: in the world, of the world

Month: December, 2008

Open mandate

Just today, the United Stat… Nations security council gave a resolution to chase pirates “on land as well as at sea”. What an interesting extension, indeed. For cosmetic reasons, they added that the ‘permission’ to conduct such operations has to be granted by the US-backed Somali government.

It seems that Somalis have few friends in this world, since no-one seems to oppose such a mandate. To put more precisely, they have few things other than their waters that the ‘international community’ wants. It could also be the case that the big mom America wants another backyard to test the newest weapons, ‘liberate’ people and ‘democratise’ their property.

It is also possible that Somalia will be made the case of showing the world that “Obama is strong”! It can also be handy in distracting public opinion, if other fronts start to show signs of collapse. If there is any credibility to Guardian’s article of the ‘new’ Taleban, the time of retreat from Afghanistan could be closer than one might think. On the other hand, war-mongering is such a good business, what the heck!

According to the BBC story, the UN representative spoke once again and oh-so-familiarly about their ‘justice’. Funnily, it seems that every time one hears the American-backed institution voicing the word, it’s accompanied by violence.

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He’s our mate!

This was the answer of a drunken lad to my kind request to sit down. His team member was fighting in the cage, so it was simply impossible for him and his ‘mates’ to sit down, so the rest of the audience stood as well. At least until his ‘mate’ was ko’d…

All this took place in a mixed martial arts event I was watching on Saturday in the east of London. At the outset, I had some worries about the combination of fighting, violent crowds of lads and the serving of alcohol for the audience. To my surprise, everything went exceptionally well. That is, outside the general management of the event.

After the warm-up matches, we had already been there for hours, in total the event lasted for over five hours! So people organising events in Ultima Thule can be proud of their logistics. Of course there are television rights and stuff, but still. Drinking beer and watching the chicks is not that exiting…

All in all, two of our guys fought, first one losing to a Brazilian black belt (heel hook) after a great fight. The second won with a beautiful rear naked choke, after dominating throughout the match, including some always-arousing knee-on-bellying. No wonder they don’t want Tim to fight too often in the event because of his excellent ground game! Well, UFC comes to London in February; perhaps I have to be there as well…

Essence of message

As often said, the content of the message is only as good as its delivery. If one could always tell one’s thoughts with the same intensity and passion than one late Layne… The ignorant in a ‘hurry’ can ff to 5:00.

Just slightly mending the classic: “What we cannot speak about we must pass over in…?”