Go, go, go said the bird:
humankind cannot bear very much reality
– T.S. Eliot
I’m beginning to think the wheels may be coming off the whole post-modern Western enterprise. Things which are never supposed to be admitted in polite society are being copped to openly of late.
Anyone who’s worked in espionage knows that conspiracies, in fact, exist because people, in fact, conspire. Intelligence operations are one form of conspiracy. Conspiracies are seldom the prime mover of human events, but those who deny they happen are being, well, conspiratorial themselves, not to mention too clever by half.
That said, it usually does little good to have perpetrators admit that they are, in fact, conspiring against the commonweal since, per T.S. Eliot, human beings are engineered for only so much reality, plus it can frighten the animals.
Which makes the recent torrent of “did he just say that?” moments all the more interesting. Blame the Internet if that works for you.
First, a couple weeks back we had Peter Sutherland, a big Eurocrat mucky-muck who’s currently serving as the UN’s special representative for migration, tell the House of Lords in London that the EU needs to wittingly undermine the homogeneity of its member states to help the greater good – with a hinted-at “or else” in there too. In other words, all the right-wing pariahs, ranging from Geert Wilders over to – gulp – Anders Brievik who’ve been yelling about transnational bureaucrats and bankers trying to “elect a new people” in Western countries through non-white migration have been … what’s the word for it? Correct.
It really helps that Mr. Sutherland, in a straight-from-central-casting moment, has been, among other things, a member of the European Commission, a major domo at Goldman Sachs, director general of the World Trade Organization, chairman of British Petroleum, attorney general of Ireland, plus – you knew this was coming – a player in the Bilderberg Group.
Then, last week a huge scandal broke over LIBOR, the banker term for the London Interbank Offered Rate. Although this has not gotten the attention in the U.S. media which it merits, this is The Big One, the scandal we’ve all be waiting for, since it calls into question the integrity of the entire global banking system – and, by implication, the entire Western financial system since the 1980s. Basically, this was secret collusion on a truly epic scale. LIBOR sets the rates at which banks lend and borrow from each other; we’re talking about $800 trillion in moolah here … and, yes, that was a “t”. When Breitbart, not known to be affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street crowd, calls it possibly “the biggest bank heist in history,” you can bet something big is up. When The Economist, that well known lefty rag, piles on by calling LIBOR the biggest financial scandal in history, it’s hard to say where it will stop. I suspect Mitt Romney might want to pipe down about the glories of financial speculation a la Bain Capital for a while.
Lastly, over the weekend in
Der Stuermer The Times of Israel, a commentator helpfully offered, “Jews DO Control the Media,” which cheerfully explains that David Duke, Mel Gibson, and company perhaps had a point after all. I initially suspected that Julius Streicher had come back from the gallows to post this one, yet it turns out that it was authored by Elad Nehorai, who blogs at HuffPo, who initially posted under his own name but went anonymous a tad late. (Mr. Nehorai lacked the courage of the columnist Joel Stein, who in 2008 famously noted, “Jews totally run Hollywood.” ). Note to Mr. Nehorai: I’m not sure the point you’re making really helps.
This is all surpassingly odd. What’s next? The NASA director admitting there really are alien spacecraft out at Area 51? The National Science Foundation boss hosting a presser with Bigfoot? This is not good ….