If there is one thing we Americans are good at, it is getting up on our high horse, seeking the moral high ground, and pointing our fingers at other people, other nations for their actions. Thereby we often forget, and are reminded by revelations not long after, that we do exactly those things we accuse others of doing, and have been doing those things much longer.
I say ‘we’ although this is clearly a generalization, and I could count myself in amongst the mass. In reality, though, it is not ‘we’, it is only a few people, but it reflects on all Americans. The latest revelation, and finger-pointing comes after a private – or assumed to be private – telephone conversation was recorded and then publicized.
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A high-ranking American official had the nerve, in this latest private conversation to be recorded, to say:
Fuck the EU
which, I guess, could be a personal observation, a personal standpoint, but for the fact that it has been revealed. Normally we could just look at this comment, shake our heads at its stupidity, and move on, were it not for the fact that it is the Americans, as we know, who are leaders in the field of listening in to conversations and using the information gathered for our own purposes.
Now that it has been revealed, certain parties are keen to put the blame for the revelation on someone – probably the Russian Secret Service – and claim that such things shouldn’t happen.
This much is true, it shouldn’t happen. Private conversation should remain private, no matter how obnoxious the contents may be, unless there is a good legal reason for publicity. However I have no sympathy for this official whatsoever, nor do I accept her apology as anything more than words without deeper meaning.
If it is fine for one party to listen into, evaluate and use the conversations of others, right up to ministerial or higher levels, then it must be fine for others to do the same. That’s the way it works. And I have no problems whatsoever when so-called private observations and comment from American politicians are revealed to the public, since that is precisely what they do to others themselves. If they wish to keep their own conversations and opinions private, fine, but then they must also respect the private conversations and opinions of others, simple as that.
- Viktoria Michaelis.