Wairarapa News : May 11th 2011
10 WAIRARAPA NEWS, MAY 11, 2011 OPINION CANSPEAK - a bite of brain food from Cancer Society manager ANNA CARDNO 140 Dixon Street, Masterton, Ph 06 378 8039 and gum disease Cancers of the lip, tongue, throat, larynx and oesophagus Slow healing skin wounds Narrowing and hardening of the arteries, including to the heart Fatty deposits in the aorta Damaged heart muscle Heart attack Thickened blood Increased pulse rate Lung cancer, bronchitis, emphysema, pleurisy, coughs,asthma. Painful stomach ulcers Cancers of stomach, kidneys, pancreas 11% of all female deaths are caused by smoking. 22% of all male deaths are At Cancer Society Wairarapa, we think its not OK to smoke without knowing the consequences. Im all for adults making their own choices and empowering independence... but what about the dependants? Your family and friends need you to know the following information, so you can choose between your health and your fags. Cigarette smoke causes lots of different side effects and illnesses: Early aging, and wrinkled skin Eye irritation, cataracts and blindness Loss of hearing and smell senses A reduced supply of oxygen to the brain Headaches An increased chance of stroke causing paralysis and loss of speech Tooth decay, yellow teeth and plaque 31 May is World Smokefree Day. What will that mean to you? due to smoking. Smoking kills 5,000 New Zealanders every year, and can cause fertility problems in both men and women. It is estimated that 19,000 New Zealanders start smoking each year, and almost all new smokers are children and youth. The Tobacco Industry calls these new smokers Replacement Smokers. An apt title, given that they replace the 5,000 that die each year from use of their product. 2142976DF How many people die each year in New Zealand from smoking? Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org and gointhedrawtowinan IPOD Touch. Lighting to live by Residential Commercial Landscape Design Ri d i l Ci l Ld Di Lighting 207 High Street Masterton Ph 06 370 8340 www.lighthouselighting.co.nz 3629756AA CLOSING DOWN SALE MASSIVE REDUCTIONS Water boarding without speedboat THE LONG VIEW RICK LONG Bin Laden and al Qaeda will eventually be consigned to his- tory's unmarked grave of discar- ded lies, just like communism and Nazism had been before them.'' -- George W. Bush The swift and sudden death of the world's most wanted man dominated our thought patterns last week. Depending on which side of a divided world you found yourself on, you either celebrated or sulked. Dopey Hone, soon to be a kingmaker in this country, reckoned Osama Bin Laden was a freedom fighter, but then recanted when he realised he had embar- rassed even his most ardent of followers. And in America there were con- cerns, particularly over the way intelligence information had been extracted to determine bin Laden's whereabouts. No matter which way you look at it, enhanced interrogation'' is a euphemism for torture and on the campaign trail both Obama and Hillary Clinton pledged that the practice of water-boarding would be suspended on their watch. It now seems that it's acceptable to them both in extreme circum- stances. To the uninitiated, waterboard- ing involves pouring water over the face of an immobilised captive causing the individual to experi- ence the sensation of drowning. The victims head is usually covered with cloth or some other thin material, the person is laid on his or her back and water is poured onto the face, over the breathing passages. It causes an almost immediate gag reflex and creates the sensation that the sub- ject is drowning. Waterboarding can cause extreme pain, dry drowning, damage to the lungs and brain damage from oxygen deprivation. Adverse physical con- sequences can manifest them- selves for months after the event, while psychological effects can last for years. It is believed CIA interrogators used waterboarding techniques to determine who the courier was that kept mobile-phone-shy bin Laden in touch with his terrorist organisation. This eventually led to the surprising discovery that he resided in a scruffy-looking com- pound near a Pakistan military academy. The Americans may consider waterboarding to be little more than an enhanced interrogation technique'' today, but the US gov- ernment hanged Japanese soldiers for waterboarding US prisoners of war in World War II. The audacious twin towers of the World Trade Centre were, to radical elements within the Islamic world, infuriating in-your- face examples of American power, might and financial supremacy. Bin Laden boasted that he had planned the attack that had destroyed the symbolic showpieces on 11th of September 2001 and in doing so became pub- lic enemy number one. Thanks, or perhaps no thanks, to hand-held video cameras which proliferate amongst an affluent society, the world has been able to live and relive the shocking moments when sudden death visi- ted 3000 innocent souls and so there is little sympathy for the al Qaeda leader's abrupt demise, or concern for the techniques used to finally track him down. But after 9/11 the Americans had two choices: revenge or for- giveness. Imagine if instead of pouring trillions of dollars into destructive warfare they had instead used that same amount of money rebuilding Afghanistan and given financial aid to other sectors of the Middle Eastern world where the root cause of the hatred that created the terror is endemic. Imagine if they'd waged peace instead of war. But there was no John Lennon to propose these alternatives. Though not uncharacteristic, their reaction was certainly at odds with their founding fathers' teachings. In God We Trust'' shouts their coinage, but instead of taking the words of His son, the originator of their faith, to for- give those who trespass against us'' and to turn the other cheek'', they reverted back to the Jewish Bible, the Old Testament, and went with an eye for an eye''. This doctrine has done little for Israel. Everyone who suffers a terrible loss mourns over it and remembers it constantly. To do otherwise would be callous in the extreme. But America needed to move on. Many societies have suffered great tragedies, but don't have the video footage to con- stantly remind the world of their anguish. And forgiveness has worked well for others. The Vietnamese have rebuilt their country and embrace returning American war veterans, despite the devastation and destruction reined upon them. The Japanese, who suffered unimaginable casualties from two cataclysmic atomic bombs, rose from the ashes and threw their arms around their conquerors -- in hindsight a pragmatic gesture. The Cambodian authorities granted amnesty to the remaining Khmer Rouge soldiers despite the devastation their evil and wanton killings imposed on the bloodstained fields of that country. Like the pragmatic Japanese we still march to the American drum, and personally I'm happy with that. Our peacekeeping engineers are helping rebuild Afghanistan and our crack S.A.S. troops are hunting down the Taliban. But unfortunately in so doing we are likely to be unwit- tingly creating future fanatics whose lives are so desperate they have little to lose. They will continue to mount suicidal guerrilla campaigns. As bin Laden's body floats towards the bottom of the Arabian Sea to its legitimate place in the unmarked grave of discarded lies, the question remains: will his organisation sink or swim? Regrettably, the death of one man is unlikely to stop the slaughter. It's the Don and Hone sideshow TALKING POLITICS GORDON CAMPBELL CONTINUED Page 11 Over the past fortnight, Hone Harawira and Don Brash have not only re- launched their political careers, but have committed an uncannily similar sequence of faux pas. As things stand, any impact they may have on the November election has been overshadowed by their sideshow antics. First there was Brash mounting a hostile takeover of an ACT Party to which he didn't belong, and then finally winning the leader- ship thanks to the most junior ACT MP, who only 24 hours before had claimed to be 100 per cent behind his rival. Once installed as leader, Brash decided to leave his predecessor, Rodney Hide, in place as Local Government Minister -- a decision that had less to do with Hide's severely tarnished mandate than with the awkward constitutional issue of having the Key Govern- ment negotiate a common strat- egy between now and November with a coalition party led by some- one outside Parliament. Parliament is, after all, sup- posed to be sovereign. Therefore, it cannot be dictated to or influenced by anyone beyond its confines. Presumably, any subsequent negotiations between National and Act about parliamentary busi- ness and election strategies will have to be conducted (nominally at least), through Hide as the messenger boy -- or, perhaps, by ouija board. If ACT's machinations seemed bizarre, they were quickly matched by Harawira's launch of his new political vehicle, the Mana Party.
May 18th 2011