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The young will inherit the earth

And they’re not just hanging about waiting for their inheritance. This generation is standing out and making their voices heard again - at last.  After the apathy of the 80’s and 90’s, Greed is Good generation, there’s a new generation taking up the mantle of the 68′ers.

Anonymous, the loose affiliation of hackers from around the world who’ve decided to target the big organizations that have closed their doors to WikiLeaks, is, according to the Dutch underground cyber specialist who goes by the name of Ernesto van der Sar, largely composed of 15-25 year olds.  They communicate via chat rooms and Twitter and get commands such as “Fire Now” from Twitter where they synchronise their cyber attacks.  So far they haven’t exactly succeeded in shutting down the world - but they don’t really have to.  The point is that they’re out there, they’re being noticed, and their actions and the retributions for them, are serving to make a Holy Crusade out of the WikiLeaks exposes, with Julian Assange as their Chief Martyr.

As the news cameras flocked to the closed paddy wagon where the recently arrested Assange was being transported, the clearest words to be heard from the crowd were “Julian We Love You.”

Whether he really will be found guilty of the rape charges hanging over his head are a matter still to be resolved, but there’s no doubt that a lot of people - especially young people - believe he’s being framed for bringing out hundreds of thousands of documents that are giving an unprecedented behind the scenes look at diplomacy and pragmatic - some would say - cynical political decisions.

As far as I’m concerned, watching the video taken from an American helicopter gunship shooting what are clearly Iraqi civilians and journalists was alone enough for me to join Team Assange.

I’m joining the I am Assange lobby. How about you?

I may not be of the generation about to inherit the earth, but as a mother of that generation, I want to leave them a cleaner legacy than the one we look set to be leaving now.

4 Comments on “The young will inherit the earth”

  1. #1 David Berridge
    on Dec 16th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I must take a very cautious position on this topic and how it is meant to influence a newer and younger generation. Wilkileaks did not appear from thin air on its own accord, nor is this about Julian Assange alone. The information originated from a private assigned to the Pentagon who leaked this to Assange’s group for mass global distribution. The soldier in question is being completely forgotten in this publicity over Assange, and if now then he will face military justice for theft and unathorized distribution of highly classified US government property. Assange now is being made the focal point of the affair as not only the US government, but other Western governments as well, are learning from this episode and plugging up numerous gaps and shortcommings in their information management systems. Isolating the perpetrators at each and every level of this problem is now a chief strategy of the US authorities to break down the offending system. Assange if nothing else is legally liable for receipt of and dealing in stolen property of the US government and the American people, no matter what else the authorities in Sweden may have issued arrest warrants for. These are deep waters to get into, Dheera, as no one knowa completely who and what Assange is, save for being a proverbial overnight sensation as a popular cult figure. To say now that Assange is the basis for a newer and clean legacy for the young generation is not an accurate statement as of yet, if such a claim can be substantiated at all in our lifeties or ever. As to the soldier who first leaked the information in the first place and enabled Assange to start with, his new email address will probably be a scrutinized channel originating from Fort Levenworth.

  2. #2 dheera
    on Dec 20th, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    You’re quite right in many of these points David (and good to see you back in the comments pages after a bit of a break - I missed your feedback).
    Assange is indeed a shadowy character and there are indeed controversial things being said about him even from his own people. And young Bradley Manning will pay a very heavy price for opening this particular Pandora’s Box - I personally believe its far too heavy in relative to what a few of his army colleagues have done while on duty.
    But I also believe that Assange has become a symbol for a certain type of belief. An unequivocal support of the Right to Know. There are too many games being played in the higher echelons that ordinary people never get to hear of, so I think just as a point of principle, we must support whistleblowers - who take on the establishment at huge personal cost.

  3. #3 David Berridge
    on Dec 22nd, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Many thanks for your greetings upon my commentary return, Dheera. Assange as a symbol of the belief of the Right to Know is a folly of romantacizing the 1968 upheavls as a metaphor for the Information Age. Wikileaks has been oranized on a massive “shotgun” distribution of information along no organized means of information selection or relevance, as to priority, subject matter, or consequence. The highly comical has been batched with the highly sensitive. For instance, the American aversion to certain Canadian television programmes reinforcing notions of American stereotypes, been released with contingency plans for an American invasion of the Baltic countries should they be attacked by Russian forces, the exposure of which would cost many American lives on a targeted beach head. What the general public has been encouraged to digest of Assange as the hero of a new Social Revolution is a complete fallacy. The Right to Know relates more to the Ellsberg Papers over the costs and effects of the Vietnam War as it was happening. This is information concerning a specific event and topic in a concerted format for a specific purpose and cause. Assange’s Wikileaks revolution is an attempt to exploit what are now realized vunerabilities in information storage and security, in an attempt to blackmail the US government in how it conducts its diplomatic and foreign policy. Instead, international respone among governments has been to close ranks, recognize the interests of international diplomacy as a common cause, and keep national interests in international relations as the core strategy to breaking down Assange and his helpers. The Revolution which was to be at hand, has now been carefully and constructively whittled down to Assange attempting a “thermal nuclear” meltdown of some 250,000 files should his personal freedom be compromised by legal arrest. Social benefit has now been reduced to Assange’s freedom and self-interest. In this mater, 2010 is clearly nothing more than a proverbial “apples and oranges” comparisons to 1968. when revolution in its historical context, thought that 1968, society would be transformed irreversibaly by a seeminly loss of control along many fronts.The classic “ME” decade of the 1980s, currently being illustrated by counter-cult hero in the personna of Gordon Gecco, classically illustrates how often the notion of real revolution is often misinterpreted by the multitudes during the concurrent span of time and events. Assange is but a mere shadow to a figure in history such as Ellsberg. Assange did not invent the concept of CyberWar or computer hacking, he merely attempted to use others to follow him on a map-cap scheme to bring down the functional operational ability of governments, which has turned the tide against him in what is and will continue to be, an unceasing repetition of mortal political blows. I do admire your ambition to see a better world for the next generation, Dheera, nonetheless, we who constitute the elders must duly exercise leadership and caution into what truly makes the world a better place through what is generally termed and abused as the concept of “revolution”. Aside from all the heavy conversation, Dheera, to do wish you and your family the happiest of holidays with the very kindest regards. No doubt in 2011, we will get to review many more controversies. All the best!!

  4. #4 David Berridge
    on Dec 22nd, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    PS I do wish to apologize for unedited spelling mistakes as I do suffer from the dreaded computer phenomenon of “fat finger typing”! Let’s see if Assange can truly create a real revolution to eliminate this condition universally from computer usage!!

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