#1 Former-PM Incarcerated
José Sócrates, the Portuguese former socialist Prime Minister, was arrested last Friday charged with corruption, money laundering and tax evasion.
It is the first time, in Portugal, that a high profile politician is nicked – an evidence that the country is finally changing and justice is beginning to be equal for all.
Although I should be absolutely satisfied that he (an individual who ruined Portugal) is finally in prison, something tells me that there's a lot more behind what appears to be. It is said that:
- He, as premier, had €20Mio from an unknown source (is the money really his or did it belong to someone else?).
- He, as a premier, acquired an apartment of €2.8Mio, in Paris, to where he retired after his resignation (did he really buy it or was it a gift?).
But I ask:
- Did he build a fortune by doing favours to the “exclusive” group he belonged to and if so, will he admit it or will he take the fall (in the worst way possible)?
- Is all this linked to Ricardo Salgado (from the now disgraced Bank Espírito Santo)?
I don't like socialists; I don't agree with Sócrate's positions; I believe he has a despotic streak, but nevertheless I acknowledge that he had a vision for Portugal (more or less similar to mine), therefore I find it hard to believe that he was this witless. Admittedly, he is vain, arrogant, megalomaniac, but dumb? I never thought so.
So what happened here? I'd say he lacked situational awareness – i.e. he didn't study well the environment which he wanted to operate in.
Result: his name is being dragged through the mud by people who live in their own simple little world. My advice would be to cut a deal by handing over everything he knows about those who are with him in the plot.
The world is changing indeed.
May José Sócrates' case serve as an example for any high profile individual.
#2 Jewish State Law
Israel finally passed a bill stating that Israel is a Jewish State.
I support this bill for two reasons:
- How can Israel demand recognition of a Jewish State to anyone, if itself doesn't acknowledge itself as such?
- In a time when Europe wants to encourage Israel to commit suicide and is failing to protect the European Jewry, it is important for all of us to know that there is a Jewish Home, the one and only, to go back to.
The critics of this law (e.g. Justice Minister, Tzipi Livni) argue that somehow this bill will ruin the country for it stabs democracy in the back and it discriminates against the non-Jewish citizens. PM Netanyahu, in order to reach a compromise, decided that he will tone down the language of the bill and Hebrew will not be the sole official language of the Jewish State...
Portugal is a Democratic Catholic country. The official language is Portuguese. The rights of non-Catholics and foreigners are fully protected.
Spain is a Democratic Catholic country. The official language is Spanish. The rights of non-Catholics and foreigners are fully protected.
Italy is a Democratic Catholic country. The official language is Italian. The rights of non-Catholics and foreigners are fully protected.
Greece is a Democratic Orthodox country. The official language is Greek. The rights of the non-Orthodox and foreigners are fully protected.
Brazil is a Democratic Catholic country. The official language is Portuguese. The rights of the non-catholic and foreigners are fully protected.
India is a Democratic Hindu country. The official language is Hindi. The rights of the non-Hindi and foreigners are fully protected.
Japan is a Democratic Shintoist country. The official language is Japanese. The rights of the non-Shintoist and foreigners are fully protected.
England is a Democratic Anglican country. The official language may still be English. The rights of the non-Anglican and foreigners are fully protected.
Et cetera...et cetera...
So why must it be different for the Jewish State? It's bad enough that the world seeks, once again, the destruction of the Jewish identity in Israel, but for Jews to seek the same is treacherous.