Other hosts were guilty of getting their priorities badly wrong. The CNBC host Larry Kudlow was discussing the tsunami’s impact on US markets last Friday when a screen graphic signalled the death toll was likely to exceed 1,000.
“The human toll here looks to be much worse than the economic toll, and we can be grateful for that,” Kudlow said, quickly adding: “The human toll is a tragedy; we know that. But these markets, all these markets – stocks, commodities, oil, gold – there is no major breakout or breakdown.”
Indeed Mr Ludlow, and we can all be thankful (especially in Germany) that the financial toll from the Libya massacres will be less than the human toll, though of course that was bleedin’ obvious from the beginning.
In fact, financially, we’ve done jolly well out of it, as we now can spend Gaddafi’s frozen assets. There Arab masses will be wondering which School of Morality we attended – not the same one as The Good Samaritan, clearly. Perhaps a modern version would go something like this:
“Fuck you, mate. Of course I’m better armed and could sort Gaddafi out in a day, but why should I bother? Besides, when it comes to “sovereignty”, the principle is that the nastiest, most murderous, fascist scum has EVERY right to rule and oppress you for ever. If you don’t mind, I’ll just walk on by issuing platitudes about ‘effective measures’ and ‘dire consequences'”.
These estimates make me wonder what kind of brain cells these people have. “exceed 1,000”? I can’t imagine that the tsunami victims will be far off 100,000. Bit like Libya – how the UN estimated that only 1,000 had been killed even a week ago is a total mystery. Thousands in areas held by Gaddafi have “disappeared” for a start – does anyone imagine they will ever be freed?
Anyone yet seen the UN’s “effective measures” by the way? They were supposed to want to protect “civilians”? As the “rebels” are almost entirely civilians I wonder when the protection is going to kick in …….