Friday, 30 August 2013

When things go wrong at home, find an external source that you can blame

Carlos Cortiglia: Stop, think and then act
I would have to review history records but I reckon it is often the case that Emperors, Prime Ministers, Presidents, et cetera, et cetera, have often used an external source that they can blame for what is happening internally, somebody that they can use as a scapegoat or something they can use as an excuse.

In Argentina, in 1982, General Leopoldo Fortunato Galtieri used the Falkland Islands to make people forget about the financial and political chaos affecting Argentina. Today, Justicialista President Cristina Fernandez uses General Galtieri's same recipe when Argentina faces similar problems and her leadership is threatened from within the Partido Justicialista.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy uses Gibraltar to gather some kind of support for a failing government in a country that faces more than 30 per cent unemployment and potential bankruptcy.

President Francois Hollande talks about military adventures - some sort of military crusade against a former colony - thinking that this would make French voters forget about a failing economy and extremely high levels of taxation.

President Barak Obama during the second and final mandate as American President is desperately looking for some kind of legacy when everything else has proven to be a failure complemented by unfulfilled promises.

All the aforementioned did violate or are willing to violate principles of International Law and to engage in confrontation - even military confrontation - because they failed to deliver as Heads of Government. So there is a pattern that they followed or are about to follow.

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