Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Here. We. Go. Again.

Thanks to how's-the-curry-PH:

The Pope and the Hypocrisy


President Bush and other world leaders are honoring John Paul II in a way that completely misunderstands his message. We pay him no tribute if we lower our flags to half-staff and send a grand presidential delegation to his funeral, when at the same time we avert our eyes as villagers are slaughtered and mutilated in the genocide unfolding in Darfur.

The latest estimates, from the British government and others, are that 300,000 or more have perished so far in Darfur. Mr. Bush has forthrightly called this slaughter "genocide," but he has used that label not to spur action, but to substitute for it.


And a bit of trivia coming out of Bangladesh, I would like to introduce you to the

RAPID ACTION BATTALION

Otherwise known as the Men in Black, these sturdy looking gentlemen of the law patrol around town in their handy black pick up truck with rifles in hand, black bandannas and sunglasses to match.

Would like to introduce this concept to the Singapore government. Call me homesick, but you guys were the first I thought of when I read about this. Not quite as subtle as your usual tactics, don't involve quite as many lawyers,, but I think it's effective! The RAB has the license to kill and arrest you see, but cos these bad guys always prefer to die in glory than go in arrested, I haven't read about arrests in the news yet.. only "deaths in crossfire".

From the webpage:

The Armed Police Battalions Ordinance 1979

[Excerpts]
 
a. Internal Security duties;

b. Recovery of unauthorized arms, ammunitions, explosives and such other articles as the Government may, from time to time, direct;

c. Apprehension of armed gangs of criminals;

d. Assisting other law enforcing agencies including the Police for maintaining law and order; and

e. Such other duties as the Government may, from time to time, assign.


and also....


6B. Power to direct Rapid Action Battalion to investigate offences.—

(1)The Government may, at any time, direct the Rapid Action Battalion to investigate any offence.



And, this is the LAW.

 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

heu mean these r govt cronies who kill anyone?
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Anonymous said...

heu mean these r govt cronies who kill anyone?
hey, what does one have to do get an intern at Drik? let me know. krishnachang@yahoo.com. im a photography student from canada.