Friday, 17 August 2012
This Is the 51st State of the USA
Which begs the question: how come countries answering to international law, countries like the UK, are threatening to storm into the embassy of Ecuador in order to put their hands on one Assange?
One would think it would take a big time criminal to get a country so deep in the mire as Team GB is stepping into at this time. Sure, Assange has broken a UK court order by hiding at the Ecuador embassy, but is the blemish on the law and order of the land so big it necessitates such a diplomatic incident?
Let’s put things in perspective: At this stage, Assange is only wanted for questioning in Sweden (for a case I do hope he answers to one day). That is it. He is no murderer or convicted rapist, like plenty of other guys the UK is failing to extradite (see here). And it’s not like the UK didn’t enjoy the benefit of embassy asylum during the Cold War; even Saddam Hussein didn’t go as far as breaking into foreign embassies. If memory serves me right, the only country to invade another’s embassy is Iran. Is that the model country the UK is aspiring to be?
This disproportionate passion with which the UK is chasing after Assange leads me to conclude there is more to this case than meets the eye. I would say it is beyond reasonable doubt that the UK has ulterior motives on its mind when it’s so hot blooded. I would also say that all the pride the country has taken from running a successful Olympics stands to nothing when it immediately goes to display such gross behavior.
What about Australia? Some interesting insight on what Australia can do for its citizen abroad is found here. To me it seems as if Australia is doing for Julian Assange just as much as it did for David Hicks before.
Between them, the UK and Australia can argue who can boast to be the 51st state and who is the 52nd.
Photo from today's protest at Melbourne's UK consulate by Asher Wolf, reproduced with permission