December 05, 2010

Amen to that

Overall, we in the West now live in an atmosphere of security hysteria and obsessive secrecy that would have filled our ancestors with horror.

If the threat of more Wikileaks releases makes this less likely in future, so much the better.

As to the effects on the tender sensibilities of Silvio Berlusconi, Vladimir Putin and Hamid Karzai of private US official opinions of them - well, how very tragic.

The more these people know of how the outside world regards them the better for their countries. From this point of view, Wikileaks might almost be seen as rather a good way for a US administration to pass on candid messages that it could not possibly deliver officially.



Blogger Laird of Madrona said...

Amen, indeed.

December 5, 2010 at 11:47 AM  
Blogger First Sea Lord said...

More and more, the harsh critiques of the leaks seems precisely to be the petty embarrassment of the powerful for their stupidities, lies and vanities. Rarely is that exclusively a bad thing.

December 6, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home