Monday, August 14, 2006

Monday digest

- So Stephen Harper's a bad guy for not attending the Toronto AIDS conference, sending his Minister of Health, Tony Clement, instead. However, if, as Bill Gates suggests, the key to combatting AIDS in the Third World is to empower women, what difference is it going to make if Canada's PM shows up or not when gender equality in Africa is a pipedream because of a patriarchal culture that considers violence, sexual assault and subjugation to be completely acceptable? I suspect the activist crowd wants him there to help assuage their white guilt more than anything else, because when success requires changing cultures, do-gooding Westerners can't really accomplish a lot. I'd also suggest that the activists know that, but they can't admit it because it would require coming to grips with their infatuation with such lofty concepts as "cultural affirmation", whereby you blame the West first and gloss over the ugly faults of other belief systems and ways of life around the globe. To me, success in fighting AIDS requires an (unlikely) change in attitudes among African peoples, and as much as kind-hearted liberals would like to pretend otherwise, Stephen Harper can't do a damn thing about that if he wants to or not.

- Hezbollah's leader is claiming victory. Can't say I disagree. The sooner Netanyahu is back in power, the better, considering that Hezbollah's state sponsors clearly seek the destruction of Israel. It IS fascism, as much as some may try to wish that political correctness and other methods of appeasement will win the war on terror.

- Good times right here.


At 4:06 PM, Blogger Bobcaygeon said...

If that's your take (on the PM no show), then why even send Clement? Why send anyone if it comes down to Africans' lifestyles?

Obviously people are outraged at the symbolism of the no show. Canada, thanks to the Harper stunt and the broken Jean Chretien Pleged to Africa (and whatever it's called now) has no credibility on this issue.

And by the way, where was Stee-Harp? Farting around the Arctic trying to sell his sovereignty pitch, which in turn will (in his mind) justify wasting more tax dollars on the military. Pitiful.

At 4:48 PM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

I'd say that the "people" who are outraged about the no-show are unable to find a good thing to say about the guy anyways.

Sending Clement was good enough in my opinion.

And more importantly, anyone who doesn't think that there's a primary, deep-rooted cultural element at the heart of this issue has their head in the sand, Harper or no Harper.

At 4:19 AM, Blogger jw said...

The "empowering women" thing bothers me. What it really means is the same thing which has happened to almost all NGO dealing in the third world: All of the money and all of the effort goes to females. Remember, the sum of first world spending in the third world is 85% female, 10% village (wells and such), 4% boys and 1% men. Plus, that gap is getting larger every day. If current rates continue, total spending on third world males will hit zero within twenty years ... maybe sooner.

Making sure the men die ensures MORE, not less, problems with the women.

By encouraging bigotry we ensure less stability and more problems in the third world.

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Bobcaygeon said...

Men will just spend the money on beer and popcorn.

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Road Hammer said...

And porn.


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