However it is the open ability to communicate and the inherent right
of non censorship and clear communications that prevent such problems.
For some reason you may participate on this list, and I guarantee you that
someone somewhere fought and died for that right. So if you want what you
espouse we must continue with these intellectual multi-logues or everything
you speak of is a waste.
We must focus on solutions not on the problems which we cannot do a
damn thing about.
Since the Pharaohs of Egypt, the use of words has been the most powerful
tool of civilization.
From Mohammed to Caesar to Buddha's to Christ to Ghandi to Juarez to
Chavez/ and yes sadly enough to Hitler and pol pot.
So you see your argument here falls definately flat in that you wish
us to stifle communication in order to protect a regime that stifles communication.
If not for the hard work of the men and women in this group you would not
have even been able to post here.
I think the debates that have raged
on many issues regarding Wipo, Icann, IETF, the names council, etc., are
all fine. But I think that in the overall scope of things, they pale in
comparison with what we are all witnessing.
The momentum for war by the US hawks
with Iraq against international law looks like it is now becoming a certainty.
is allowed to happen it will change the rule of international law forever.
It will also give rise and way to a vulture like state of international
affairs where countries and individuals will feel legitimised in pre-empting
an attack on another sovereign nation without proof of imminent direct
danger simply based on the philosophy of their perception that they are
right and that they just can. Not
to mention the further alienation of the world outside the western hemisphere,
and the Berli! n like wall / barrier that will be erected between the many
regions of the world. While many in the US believe they are justified
the reality and the perception outside of the US all over the world is
that they are not. yet war still remains imminent.
When that happens
there will be no need to worry about wipo, standards, Icann etc. ... because
anarchy will rule. I urge you all reflect on what I am saying and redirect
your energies and voice your opinions not just to us on these mailing lists
but those with influence elsewhere as well, on this grave matter of imminent
catastrophe. Humanity and civilisation must not permit this war to
take place in their names or take place at all.
If we fail, this will render all our arguments utterly mute and redundant.
Because there won't be anything left for us to argue about as we embark
on a newer world order or lack of. Perhaps this can be a rallying point
for the majority of us to agree and act upon.