On a cloudy day, after a vicious virus kept me up all night, I've drifted in and out of sleep today, listening to the news.
I don't read as much as a could (or maybe should) about what's happening in the world. I tend to pick up information on the ground--from friends in Nepal, from taxi drivers in Kenya, from my co-workers, some of whom absorb considerably more information than I.
After listening to the radio (both consciously and subconsciuosly), I'm really angry (no, pissed off!) about a lack of public accountability.
Augusto Pinochet dies living a comfortable life in his homeland at the age of 91, even though he he was responsible for tragic torture and murder of Chileans. Where is the public accountability?
BushCo gets us into a war, lies to us, and he is still in office. Where is the public accountability?
The CIA was tapping Princess Diana's phone because of her work on land mine education. Land mine education! What's subversive about trying to children, women and men safe? When did humanity become a crime? Where is the public accountability?
I feels to me in my weakened state that there isn't accountability. And what pisses me off most is that I feel it's infinitely out of my reach to do anything about it. Personally, we'd be convicted if we participated in these activities with our neighbors and acquaintances. Where is the public accountability?
No doubt, I will drift off to sleep again now. I must get well and do an enormous number of tasks before heading to Chile in a few days. (So, I'm learning a little more. First Chile, then Argentina, and then maybe Uruguay?)