By Aslam Abdullah, TMO Editor-in-Chief
â€œDemocracy is good as long as it serves the interests of power elite and equality is nice as long as it does not deprive the power elite of their status.â€ Who said this. Probably, most political scientists would have said if they were privy to what Wikileaks has published in the last few years. Here is everything that defies the logic of democracy. There is secrecy, there is conspiracy, there is fraud, and there is misappropriation of public trust.
Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, is going through what everyone who speaks the truth goes through. None other than the worldâ€™s democratic nations are after him and the media, champion of freedom is hateful of him. Freedom is good as long as it does not challenge the corporate world and its stooges whom we usually call peopleâ€™s representatives.
In democracy, people vote but the corporate world through lobbies spending millions in buying the representatives rule. In democracy people finance and fund the law enforcement agencies through their hard earned money, but the corporate world use them for their protection and interests.
In democracy, people seek transparency and accountability, but rulers serving the interests of the most powerful, run their affairs secretly.
Wikileaks has become the nightmare of governments and rulers who are afraid of being exposed. They are trying to hide under the clock of national interests.
But who will define the national interests. People through their transparent government or bureaucrats through their secret masters. The national interests are not determined by people in democracies nor even by their representatives., but by secret agencies who act secretly on behalf of secret masters who secretly dictate whatever they want to dictate.
Case at point is the screening at the airport. The x ray machine that scans naked every one who goes through them are being sold for about millions of dollar a piece.
According to government issued databases, there are about 14951 airports in the U.S. Of those only about 5000 have paved runways. And out of that 5000, there are only 376 that have regularly scheduled airline service.Who would benefit from the sale of these machines? The corporate world. So the media owned by the corporate world would create conditions conducive for buying them. the corporate world fund and finance those who would support them and in order to motivate people to vote them to power, they would constantly raise the levels of dangers.Thus the game is played and would be played for ever, until their is a possibility of these groups being exposed.
What wikileaks has done is something unheard. It has exposed the secret laundry and removed the clock of secrecy from the faces of powerful interests.
Julian Assange is the real Martin Luther of our times. Luther posted his epistles on the doors of Catholic Church in Germany challenging the power of the Pope. Assange has posted the information buried in the secret archives of governments on the Internet challenging the power of government.
What is being done against Julian Assange is nothing but persecution. He is paying the price for being the voice of reason and truth. His personal life is of no consequence to people. There are hundreds of public officials all over the world including Sweden who have committed worst than what Assange is accused of, yet no one talks about him. Sweden is an ally of our Administration and no wonder, Sweden is responding to the panic call of our power elite.
Assange may not be allowed to live for long by these hidden power elite. Yet through is courage, he has created an environment where even his death would not stop the movement for transparency.
Assange is the best example of a living democrat and he deserve to be supported in his work without any fear. An attack on Assange is an attack on democracy and freedom and we must say that loudly how much feeble our voices may be.