US agency claims need disclaimers
DA MPL Makashule Gana’s cry for “African fellowship” is noble and empathetic, but also naive and misguided.
Let’s start with an imaginary analogy. Gana has a family living in poverty and he is struggling to rub two rand together. His neighbours are in an even more impecunious situation, in which their families can barely rub two cents together.
Will Gana allow his children to share the meagre scrapings in his home with the neighbours? If given a choice of sharing his meal with others or starving to death, what would Gana choose?
Christian ethics tell us that Gana will share his poverty with his neighbours. This is very charitable, but how long will it last, especially given that Gana’s neighbours keep increasing? When will he say “Enough is enough”?
It seems Gana will never say “no” because it is our neighbourliness (“African fellowship”) that has bound him and his neighbours in poverty and hunger in perpetuity. Again a noble sentiment, but impractical.
Gana’s charity will be as doomed as the Colombian openness. Soon the Colombians will, like the boxer Robert Duran, shout “no mas” (no more). Moreover, Venezuelans were not coming into Colombia illegally, nor were they breaking immigration laws or other regulations of the country. I once overstayed in Malawi by 18 hours and the immigration officials branded me an outlaw because I had broken the immigration laws of the country.
President Hastings Banda’s men put me on the next plane back to Washington DC.
Two of my relatives were tagged as criminals by a US immigration court prosecutor because their visa authorisation had expired. They were saved from deportation because the Virginia judge accepted my entreaties of family reconciliation. The point? You are a criminal if you break the very laws that Gana is enacting in the legislature.
Mayor Herman Mashaba does not loosely tag anyone a criminal. If you break the law, you are a criminal, whether you come from a war zone or a poverty-stricken country.
Gana, being a legislator, should know the laws he is making can’t be implemented on the basis of sentiment. The citizens of the City of Joburg have voted Mashaba to apply the laws without fear or favour. He must be diligent as to who is legal and who is not; what is criminal and what is not.
Incidentally, why does Gana want South Africans to share their wealth/ poverty only with other Africans? What about Ukrainians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis etc? In fact, what about the rest of the world? Centurion IT BOGGLES the mind when security agencies attack President-elect Donald Trump’s temerity in daring to question the US intelligence establishment.
And it is surprising that he did, given the agencies’ history of subterfuge and deliberate attempts to mislead politicians and the public.
Or to alter intelligence information to conform with what their bosses wanted to hear.
It was even more shocking to hear the director of national intelligence, J Clapper, announce “evidence” that was supposed to be the “smoking gun” of Russian interference in the outcome of the American elections. Isn’t he the same guy who was involved with the Iraq fiasco?
What is even more disturbing is that Clapper, under oath at a congressional committee in March 2013 said the NSA does not collect data on millions of Americans, which of course was a huge lie as it was proven later.
What is more pathetic, though, is that at the end of their so-called proof that the Russians were involved, was the disclaimer that we usually see on TV shows or on Twitter, that “The department of Homeland Security does not provide any warranties regarding any information contained within”. So after you stir a storm, throw in a disclaimer to cover your butt.
These pronouncements, though, put Trump in a squeeze and now there is question mark hanging over the legitimacy of his election. Bryanston