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Monday, March 22, 2010


 

Apologies


Nothing can be more irritating than belated, useless "apologies," whether it's Alan Greenspan "apologizing" for totally misunderstanding capitalism and helping to wreck the economy, or Colin Powell or many others "apologizing" for not making clear what they knew about the lies being told about Iraq at the time they were being told.

Latest in the long string of ruling class hacks apologizing for screwing up the world is Bill Clinton:

Decades of inexpensive imports - especially rice from the U.S. - punctuated with abundant aid in various crises have destroyed local agriculture and left impoverished countries such as Haiti unable to feed themselves.

While those policies have been criticized for years in aid worker circles, world leaders focused on fixing Haiti are admitting for the first time that loosening trade barriers has only exacerbated hunger in Haiti and elsewhere.

They're led by former U.S. President Bill Clinton - now U.N. special envoy to Haiti - who publicly apologized this month for championing policies that destroyed Haiti's rice production. Clinton in the mid-1990s encouraged the impoverished country to dramatically cut tariffs on imported U.S. rice.
But of course he knew exactly what he was doing:
"It may have been good for some of my farmers in Arkansas, but it has not worked. It was a mistake."
And how's this for the height of self-centeredness:
"I had to live everyday with the consequences of the loss of capacity to produce a rice crop in Haiti to feed those people because of what I did; nobody else."
"Nobody else," Bill? How about the starving people of Haiti? They not only had to "live" with the consequences of your actions, some of them had to die from the consequences.


Why stop here? There's more...

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