Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Featured Baabaabaab comment: Mitchell on the "The world would soon forget?"

In regards to Edgar's Engdahl link in "The world would soon forget?"

Mitchell said...
Edgar's link is temporarily not working, but you can still find Engdahl's essay at Asia Times, and elsewhere.

I do not think that even Engdahl says that "it was outside influences that got the unrest started". Price rises are always good for an angry mob, especially in a place where the state owns everything. And people do not need the US State Department's go-ahead before they start using digital media to smuggle out words and images of a crackdown. (I note that he overlooked "Blog about a blog about a blog about a blog", in his catalog of made-in-USA subversive institutions.)

There are a few other potentially misleading items I can see. The IMF today is far from being the government-toppling economic enforcer it was in Indonesia ten years ago. And "Malabar 07" only got underway four weeks after the demonstrations started. So I would be very cautious in adopting Engdahl's interpretation of world events. (For a further example, go to his website and see his "ex peak oil" essay, especially his remarks about Russian "abiotic oil" expertise being the prize in the Yukos affair.)

October 16, 2007 6:09 PM

8 comments:

Ogg the Caveman said...

Murst!

As far as US involvement, the situation seems clear as mud. Does anyone have actual evidence one way or the other?

Edgar said...

Liverwurst,

Thanks akubi, Always good to get a fresh read on things.

Akubi said...

Did you read the Confessions of an “ex” Peak Oil Believer essay Mitchell refers to? The super-secret Russian alchemists and "self-replentishing fields" sounds like a theory Casey would buy into.

Edgar said...

Did you read the...

Yeah, for a short piece it sure is crowded with straw man arguments, false assertions, and downright lies. Spoken just like the PTB wants, oil is plentiful, now, sell us all you've got! LOL.

Ogg the Caveman said...

I haven't had a chance to read the article (too busy with looser W2 stuff and errands) but at a glance I see much BS in there.

Akubi said...

But the violence in Yangon exposed the enormous credibility gap between ASEAN’s grandiose talk and its piffling achievements. Doing something serious about their most roguish member would be a good way to prove wrong those doubters (including your columnist) who see ASEAN doomed by its own inaction to irrelevance.
Bad neighbour
Why ASEAN should be worried about Myanmar

Ogg the Caveman said...

From the above link:

Production of methamphetamines for export to Asian neighbours is another concern. An poor, ill-run and isolated Myanmar is less able to fight the drugs scourge than a peaceful, democratic one that allowed international agencies to help.

If what we saw in another recent article about the junta being in bed with, and partly funded by, the drug dealers is true, then it doesn't matter whether they're able to fight the drugs or not.

Edgar said...

They should forget about the war on drugs, drugs are good. How's about we have a war on wars? A war against fascism? A war against imperial (ogg)ression? I know, I hate Amurka.