Sunday, July 03, 2005

Common sense on Live8 and the G8

I thinks Wacko! has it right here. Read the Right Wing Religious Wacko (RWRW)'s "� Is Live 8 Worth It?" right here. He's got that priceless quote from Noel Gallagher of Oasis:

“Correct me if I’m wrong, but are they hoping that one of these guys from the G8 is on a quick 15 minute break at Gleneagles (in Scotland) and sees ANNIE LENNOX singing SWEET DREAMS and thinks, ‘F**k me, she might have a point there, you know?’

“KEANE doing SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW and some Japanese businessman going, ‘Aw, look at him… we should really f**king drop that debt, you know.’

“It’s not going to happen, is it?”

RWRW's thought, are hopeful and sober:

I believe in the ideals of this summit and enjoy the activism that will be taking place. One example of activism related to the G8 Summit is the Live 8 concerts that will be taking place around the world on July 2. Will Live 8 be a success? I think it is already a success because the word has gotten out. Will it influence politicians? Not at all.
Any plan must ensure that the money is used for debt relief, unspoiled by any corruption. Perhaps policies must be created or steps must be taken by these poor countries that will ensure monies will be used appropriately.

International pressure must come along with the money raised by Live8 and the economic measures endorsed by the G8 Summit. The Nations of the World must not enable a dictator like the Butcher of Eithiopia to manipulate them again.

That's one reason I'm annoyed at most of the coverage of Live8. It appears to all be "Liveaid" mania redo, complete with back-patting from all the "aren't we great guys and gals?" celebrity rock stars that ride Bono's coattails. Where's the televised coverage of the Butcher's abuse of the money Liveaid contributed? Where's the public call for accountability for nations that receive future concesssions?

If MSM continues this disingenuous coverage, they will enable a rerun of 1985. Then the blood of hundreds of thousands will rest on their hands. It will stay there because they had the opportunity to report the truth. Instead, they chose to go for the high-market headlines and ensure that advertizing revenue poured in.

May they choke on their blood money should history repeat itself. Never let them again claim the moral high ground on Africa, should the worst come to pass once more.

I do not share this disdain with the sincere musicians that truly want to do what they can to alleviate the suffering in Afica. They deserve our thanks and our support. It's terrific to see people use their gifts in service to those most in need. I only hope that they do not perform in vain.