As I write this, Georgia are pounding the living shit out of Namibia, and all I’m thinking is, why the fuck couldn’t Ireland have done that?
And then I’m thinking who the fuck cares? Look at Burma.
Here we are, living in a corrupt, fucked up little country, where senior politicians have no shame. We have a prime minister — minister for finance at the time of the donations — who can’t remember skulking around with the price of a house in cash in a duffel bag, and who sees nothing wrong with doing so. His party supporters see nothing wrong with such a senior politician being given this money by a circle of businessmen (or by one single company, depending on whose theory you prefer).
A tribunal discovers all kinds of irregular money transactions involving this politician. The same politician tells the tribunal three or four different stories to account for this, and even suffers an attack of amnesia over some of the details. Trivial details, admittedly, such as when and where and why he changed the price of a house in Irish currency into the price of a house in British currency. One of the judges on the tribunal accuses our prime minister of telling them two diametrically opposite stories or, in other words, what would be called perjury if he did it in a court of law instead of at a sworn tribunal.
Has this man no fucking shame?, I ask myself, and I hear you laugh a hollow chuckle.
Shame? Are you fucking kidding? Bertenstein?
Ehud Olmert, Israel’s prime minister, is currently being investigated by police over a property deal.
Did he get money?
Was he given a house?
Well, what the fuck happened?
Oh, they think he might have bought an apartment at a good price.
Can you imagine anything remotely like that happening in Ireland? Can you?
Can you imagine a policeman so much as glancing at our revered Leader? Like fuck! Unless he happens to be a mutant Ninja career-suicide policeman who has no plans for any sort of promotion ever again, and who wants to spend the rest of his days counting ragwort plants in Wolf Hill.
And they call Ireland a First-World country.
Over there in Burma, you have a crowd of monks standing up to the murderous thieving bastards who hijacked democracy in that country and grow rich out of child labour and genocide.
Over there, they have the incredibly courageous Aung San Suu Kyi who has sacrificed a lifetime in defence of the principle of democracy.
They have priests who care nothing for property or money or power or buggering little children, but who have the courage to risk everything by standing up to injustice.
And our politicians would probably call Burma a Third World country.
The worthless, crooked, thieving bastards.