Lets Go Everywhere


pardon my french
October 15, 2006, 1:20 pm
Filed under: Afghanistan, army, Canada, empires, freedom, News and politics, Uncategorized

rant on

I’ve been asked a few times why I’m not freelancing for Canadian/North American publications.

At first, I questioned it myself. Was it a sort of defect? Laziness? I seriously doubted it was laziness, since when I was in Vietnam I was editing the majority of a thick tourist mag as well as working for the daily paper. And here in Bangkok, I’m at the office until at the earliest 6:30 every night. I supposed I could go out on weekends and talk to people, attend the few protest rallies against the coup, etc. but to be honest I don’t have a valid work visa yet and I don’t particularly want to be expelled by the kingdom (or shot by some trigger-happy zitfaced teen soldier).

More importantly though, my issue with the “why aren’t you freelancing in the west” question is that these days it strikes me as a little bit racist. Not in the big, nasty scary racist way, but in the way that assumes that Western press is more prestigious or important. I can’t say I’ve developed much insight in my time in southeast Asia, but what I am beginning to see are the signs of a declining (American) empire and a rising ‘third world’ empire. The new power may be China, India, maybe even Japan, who knows, it could be a stark raving mad Kim Jong-il armed to the teeth with atom bombs and high heels. Whoever it is, in the next few centuries the world will belong to the east.

People may be shocked at the assertion that the west is on the decline. While the economic and capital flow eastward is a little easier to perceive, it’s the power flow that’s barely perceptible but oh so important.

For all the violence committed in the name of money, resources, political favours, all I can say is “you reap what you sow.” The damage done, by all parties and governments and armed groups since January 17, 1961, the day Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the world of linking industry and wealth with war, is scandalous plain and simple.
The rampant exploitation of land, corrupt governments, ongoing denials of basic human rights, torture and secret prisons are all landmines on any road to co-existing peacefully.

Or have we given that up as option by now?

Without peace and security, the economy can’t thrive and there will eventually be civil unrest. If nations don’t pursue peace and security as long term policies and instead work against it for gain, well, what is sown will be reaped. And sadly the victims will be innocent citizens already cheated by their governments.

Speaking of living peace to spread peace, we need Canadian troops focused on rebuilding Afghanistan’s schools, hospitals and roads, doing beneficial work while protecting the civilans. I’m all for our special ops forces doing their work wherever it sends them, but there are approximately 19,500 US soldiers in Afghanistan so why do we keep hearing about Canadians fighting and dying in the frontlines? If Canada hadn’t been willing to send troops to Afghanistan maybe it would have put another obstacle in the path of George Bush’s march to war. But that’s another issue.

rant off

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Mon Ami!

I feel your words and understand your feelings but would like to ad if people ask you why you dont freelance as much for US publications or media outlets that many of them are so localized in editorial they can’t see past Hawaii!

However, times they are changing, a bit of a funny story or you could view it as such. One of my former strings in the US who didnt really use a lot of my content is now busy shoping around Asia for place to outsource editorial and production!

Funny- since many of thier eidtors will be replaced with people I’m working with. As more and more big ticket publications shift things overseas. In the years ahead at te rate this outsource game is going You might be editor in cheif of major US news site or daily or news channel, based in Hanoi or Mumbai or Manila!

So indeed it seems – things do rise in te east, and set in the west.

cheers-
MIM

Comment by mikeinmanila

“If Canada hadn’t been willing to send troops to Afghanistan maybe it would have put another obstacle in the path of George Bush’s march to war. But that’s another issue.”

Amen… I don’t follow that issue as closely as I should… and I do believe that once you f*ck a country up by going to war with it you (i.e. the US) have a responsibility to STAY in until the fighting is over, but maybe i’m cynical, but I think the US purposely persuades other countries (Canada, Britain) to get their political hands dirty (hence putting our troops on the front lines) so that when the time comes to denouce the US for the harm it has done, we can’t point the finger with a clear conscience. Classic incriminate-your-friends-so-that-you’re-not-the-only-bad-guy strategy and I’m disappointed that the Cdn public can’t see through it.

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