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World Economic Forum

weather: sunny
outside: 6°C
mood: fascinated
This e-mail was written by a reporter attending the World Economic Forum. She intended it to only go to her friends, but, of course, since it was so interesting, it's spread to the world. I've saved the text in case Topica gets gunked by the traffic. And Topica is so flaky that I wouldn't be surprised if it does.

If the things she says true (and I at least somewhat believe her because I've read similar commentaries before), it's incredible.

The most frightening part of it, to me, is where she says (emphasis mine):

If the U.S. unilaterally goes to war, and it is anything short of a quick surgical strike (lasting less than 30 days), the economists were all predicting extreme economic gloom: falling dollar value, rising spot market oil prices, the Fed pushing interest rates down towards zero with resulting increase in national debt, severe trouble in all countries whose currency is guaranteed agains the dollar (which is just about everybody except the EU), a near cessation of all development and humanitarian programs for poor countries. Very few economists or ministers of finance predicted the world getting out of that economic funk for minimally five-10 years, once the downward spiral ensues.

And then further down, she quotes "American security and military speakers" who say (emphasis mine):

We need to attack Iraq not to punish it for what it might have, but preemptively, as part of a global war. Iraq is just one piece of a campaign that will last years, taking out states, cleansing the planet."

When I read that, I thought, "Wow, we could be headed towards a global depression..." And uh, "cleansing the planet"? Someone bind them, gag them, dogpile on them and don't fucking let them move a hair. Holy Fuck.

And interesting point was that, somewhere in there, she says:

... Ashcroft, and observed Ralph Reed and other prominent Christian fundamentalists working the room and bowing their heads before eating. The rest of the world's elite finds this American Christian behavior at least as uncomfortable as it does Moslem or Hindu fundamentalist behavior. They find it awkward every time a US representative refers to "faith-based" programs. It's different from how it makes non-Christian Americans feel -- these folks experience it as downright embarrassing.

Honestly, I've always found that kind of thing embarrassing to sit through as well. I'm glad the world's elite feel the same way.

It's an all-around fascinating read.

[Update - 1646h]

*sigh* Some peoples' kids and their drama. Thanks shiningmoon =)


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bride
Feb. 27th, 2003 04:52 pm (UTC)
You should take a look at the drama (I updated my post with the links) it kicked up over on Metafilter =) That's fascinating too =)

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