Random Thoughts on Live Riot 2005
OK,..as I write this,..people are still behaving themselves here in Philly,...
As I continue to hear why this concert was necessary,...I'm struck by a few pieces of the whole scheme:
- The G8 are supposed to forgive $40 billion in foreign debt to mostly African countries,
- Are we, as US citizens, supposed to forget that we lost US troops trying to feed them?
- Live 8 isn't out to raise money because most of the money from Live Aid NEVER made it to its intended targets. 20 years later and nothing's changed. Do you think Live 8 2025 will be necessary, too?
- I am the only one who can't figure out how these countries managed to run up a $40 billion debt, but the people managed to find plenty of money to buy AK-47s, tanks, machetes, and bogus military outfits to bludgeon one another over your tribe, your eye color, etc. And the governments can't pay back the $40 billion because it'll wreck their economies? (stifled chuckle)
- Speaking of dead soldiers and taking a well-deserved swipe at the UNtied Nations, whatever happened to all of the French troops that went into the Congo to stop that round of medieval bloodshed? Oh, yeah,..the MSM conveniently forgot to mention that the French ran out of there with their collective tails between their legs. Troops were begging to get away from the carnage (well,..they were French)
- $40 billion in debt relief will NEVER fix that kind of mindset.
- The presenters in Philly will feature Will Smith, Natalie Portman, Richard Gere, Al Sharpton, Ja-a-ack Nicholson and a host of other Hollyweird types. TrekMedic wonders if they brought enough shims to put the stage back on a level ground (oblique political reference - you figure it out)
Anyway, I digress. Today, Sir Bob was interviewed on a local radio station. He heaped praise on the charitable works of "W" vis-a-vis this cause and went on to compare Live 8 as a "great American thing. Like going to the moon: Americans went there because we could."