It's good to know that Castro is still a nutcase.
April 13, 2000 8:26 PM   Subscribe

It's good to know that Castro is still a nutcase. "War crimes tribunal," my tailfeathers.
posted by Steven Den Beste (6 comments total)
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posted by Steven Den Beste at 8:29 PM on April 13, 2000

What a bunch of crap. This is not news worthy. Why is it poor people always try to assign blame for the world's problems to anyone/anything with money? An idea that would attempt to punish those who help the poor countries is crazy. This made by a person who certainly is so far off that, most people in his own country (I think) would vote someone else into power. A crazier idea is to counter Castro, by holding him accountable for what's wrong in his own country and send him to prison. Could a bunch of lawyers have a field day trying a President? Wait that has been done here recently.

As far as the IMF abolishment is concerned I certainly support doing away with it along with the World Bank. These organizations are ways to extract money from countries and spend it in careless and reckless fasions. There is no accountability nor justification for these government funds.
The only problem is how to eliminate them. Now that some countries are so dependent on those funds it naturally creates a global welfare state that has huge ramifications if they cease to exist (ie: the war/peace dilemma). Same holds true with the elimination of welfare in the United States. How does government decrease something that is by design created to grow more and more with each generation?
posted by brent at 9:39 PM on April 13, 2000

That's right, those poor countries sure have a way to hold a grudge. They need some therapy! I mean, all we in the rich countries did was waltz in and take over their countries, kill their leaders, ship out all their natural resources, spread disease, enslave their people, shoot anyone who objected, leave only when it became impossible to hold by force, prevent them from democratically electing governments of their choice, and lend them money at crippling interest rates.

The way they're talking, this was a BAD thing.
posted by dhartung at 11:40 PM on April 13, 2000

Global welfare state is right! I heard that everyone in Eritrea drives Cadillacs. We should all tell Eritrea to get off its butt and get a job.
posted by owen at 4:57 AM on April 14, 2000

Heh. That was beautiful, Dan.
posted by ratbastard at 6:25 AM on April 14, 2000

Ken Livingstone, the independent candidate for London mayor, made the headlines last week by using the same analogy. In about three years, the policies of the world's richest nations towards third world debt repayment are believed to be accountable for the same number of deaths as the entire Second World War. The comparison to the Holocaust may seem insensitive to some, but the raw human costs are the same. Global welfare state, my arse.
posted by holgate at 3:44 AM on April 16, 2000

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