Forgive me for the stupid title. It merely means I’m combining a lot of ‘thoughts’ into this one post.
In the last few hours, I read a number of (Malaysian) blogs posts concerning the US election. Most of them weren’t happy with the result, while some were pretty pleased.
Some might question why we Malaysians even bother talking about (and express disappointment) at seeing George Dubya Bush securing re-election. After all, we’re not citizens of the US of A, we don’t pay American taxes, we don’t vote in their elections, their President’s not accountable to us in any way, etc… so why do we care?
We care because what America does affects us.
When Bush chose to pull America out of the Kyoto protocol, any hopes the rest of the world had for reversing some of the effects of decades of pollution went up in smoke. Now, the US just happens to be the world’s biggest polluter:
The US contains 4% of the world’s population but produces about 25% of all carbon dioxide emissions. [source: BBC]
If all that pollution would simply stay in the US, I wouldn’t give a damn. If the ozone layer around the States disappear, fine. I have no problem with that.
The problem is that real life is not like that. Nature doesn’t see itself divided into political spheres. Planet Earth is one big mutha, and if you mess with one part of her, the rest of her will be in pain too.
Then there’s Iraq, Afghanistan, increasing terrorist activity around the globe, Osama still wandering around somewhere, the increasing volatility of events in the Middle East….
And don’t forget reality TV! Paris Hilton! I blame it all on Bush!
There’s more, of course, but my point is simply that what America does impacts us. Directly and indirectly.
OK, enough of that incoherent rambling.
If there’s one thing I thought was pretty cool about the elections, it’s reading about Barack Obama‘s rise in American politics. This handsome, African-American Chicago lawyer has a certain charisma that many Democrats simply lack at the moment, and his political ascent continues with his latest achievement:
The Illinois Democratic state senator’s career has taken another step upwards easily winning a seat in the Senate in the November election. He will be the only black member among 100 senators when Congress convenes in January and only the fifth African-American to serve there. [source: BBC]
Read the BBC Profile, watch this BBC documentary, watch/read his speech at the Democratic National Convention, read the New Yorker’s review of his memoir, and check out his campaign blog! Maybe you’ll see why some Americans are thinking (and hoping) that they’ll see a black man in the White House soon – and I’m not talking about Morgan Freeman.
Finally, on a completely different note, Liverpool defeated Depor in Spain! We had chance after chance after chance, and the fact we couldn’t put any of them away worries me a little (the winning goal was an own goal by Depor’s Jorge Andrade). But other than that, we were awesome! Rafa my man, forget about going too defensive away from home, because when we go out there in attacking mode, there aren’t many teams who can stop us! Yeah baby, Champs League hopes still alive!