Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Rogue State

I missed the speech in September but anyway, I finally heard the “On Power and Ideology” address by famed scholar Noam Chomsky (left) – known for both his groundbreaking contributions to linguistics and his penetrating critiques of political systems – which he delivered at The New School in New York before a sold-out audience of nearly 1,000 people on September 19, 2015.

The part of the speech that caught my attention was when he explained his belief why the US of A poses the greatest threat to world peace!

"[The United States] is a rogue state, indifferent to international law and conventions, entitled to resort to violence at will. … Take, for example, the Clinton Doctrine – namely, the United States is free to resort to unilateral use of military power, even for such purposes as to ensure uninhibited access to key markets, energy supplies and strategic resources – let alone security or alleged humanitarian concerns. And adherence to this doctrine is very well confirmed and practiced, as need hardly be discussed among people willing to look at the facts of current history."

I agree with Chomsky! It is the Americans who first sowed the seeds of destabilization in territories where its interests, real or imagined, needed defending.

And its interventions, whether directly or indirectly, cause wars that never seem to end, resulting in unimaginable human suffering that sires terrorists and refugees. Just look at today’s war zones: Afghanistan, Libya, Iraq and Syria and you will know what I mean.

On July 20, 2014, I blogged that a stretch of Sabah’s east coast encompassing an area of some 121,270 square miles was put under dusk-to-dawn curfew. And since then, it has been renewed thirty-three times.

Sabah Police Commissioner Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman said on Tuesday that the sea curfew is an important measure in ensuring security in ESSZone (Eastern Sabah Security Zone). He openly admitted that if lifting the curfew was ever contemplated, this may result in more kidnappings! This is an admission of incompetency. He is saying that even with the curfew, do not expect zero kidnappings.

I said then that ESSCOM had failed. I see no reason to change my mind. As long as we have to have curfews, peace and stability on Sabah’s coast remain elusive.

Today is the three hundred and sixty-fifth day of the year. And here is my report card pertaining to my Toastmastering for 2015:

Definitely, a productive year!

And in terms of assignment speeches I had made, the total was 115, comprising 101 CC speeches and 14 Advanced speeches.

This is record-breaking and I can attribute it to dedication, passion and a touch of madness.

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