When we pull back the curtains on the “Monarchy of Montgomery County” or the Dayton City Commission, or even the inner workings of the Dayton Daily News on this site- we’re trying to get honest open discussion of issues.
The whole Wikileaks discussion really centers on diplomacy about honestly working together- or being backstabbing dilettantes.
This one little bit about Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks volumes to me:
Mr. Assange was asked about what he hoped to achieve through the leak of U.S. diplomatic cables. He said it was too early to tell but noted, approvingly, “Israeli Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu coming out with a very interesting statement that leaders should speak in public like they do in private whenever they can. He believes that the results of this publication, which makes the sentiments of many privately held beliefs public from senior political figures, will lead to some kind of increase in the peace process in the Middle East and particularly in relation to Iran.”
Mr. Netanyahu did indeed tell a group of editors in Tel Aviv on Monday, “If leaders start saying openly what they have long been saying behind closed doors, we can make a real breakthrough on the road to peace.”
Given that the contents of the cables revealed that several Arab nations in the region have, like Israel, pressed the United States to consider a military strike on Iran, it is hardly surprising that Mr. Netanyahu is pleased. But it is not entirely clear that another war in the region would really “lead to some kind of increase in the peace process in the Middle East.”
I’ve tried to expose as much as I can, without fear of further blackballing, or lawsuits on this site. I believe that our region has been sold short by people who believe it’s their divine right to make decisions for all of us- who should run for office, who should hold office, who should get punished, praised- and who should get tax breaks and grants- and who should be thrown under the bus.
Change starts with growing a spine to stand up and take responsibility for our actions. I sign my name to everything I write- will you do the same?
If you can’t say it to the world- should you say it at all?