The Emperor’s New Clothes

Anatol Lieven, a historian, writes for BBC that Wikileaks cables are like “peanuts, absolutely addictive but in the end curiously unsatisfying.” He states that not much has been emerged that had not already being leaked to the media. Mr. Lieven goes on to tell us that the media has already hinted about the mobsters who are running Russia, the Bush Administration lied about WMD to invade Iraq, Hamid Karzai’s family is running a heroin trade, and the Shell oil is breaking the laws of all kinds. What else is new? Mr. Lieven seems to ask knowingly for after all he reports that he has dined with one of the diplomats who has been extensively quoted in the Wikileaks’ cables.
I have a little fairy tale for you Mr. Lieven: An Emperor who cares for nothing but his wardrobe hires two weavers who promise him the finest suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his position or “just hopelessly stupid”. The Emperor cannot see the cloth himself, but pretends that he can for fear of appearing unfit for his position or stupid; his ministers do the same. When the swindlers report that the suit is finished, they dress him in mime and the Emperor then marches in procession before his subjects. A child in the crowd calls out “ but the Emperor is wearing nothing” and the cry is taken up by others. The Emperor cringes, suspecting the assertion is true, but holds himself up proudly and continues the procession.
Julian Assange is that child who has cried out that “the Emperor is wearing nothing.” Now, we can read those cables in which they discuss the Emperor’s clothes. We don’t need the media to tell us that the Emperor is naked. We don’t trust the media. We don’t definitely trust you, Mr. Lieven, who dine with diplomats. We trust ourselves.

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