Islands for Tyrants
Posted by rantingkraut on June 9, 2007
With the G8 summit in Heiligendamm over, the negotiations, the protests and the riots have been extensively covered in the MSM. One aspect that has received little attention is what the event did to the locals and those living in the surrounding villages.
The inhabitants of Heiligendamm had their village fenced off and had to pass airport stile security checks every time they wanted to enter or leave. Nearby farmers and others living in the vicinity had local roads blocked by protesters and often had their property vandalised. On previous occasions when Bush visited Germany, the affected areas had curfews imposed.
We can all understand, of course, that heads of government are concerned about security, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could spare the locals all the trouble? Isn’t it odd if a supposedly liberal democracy turns villages into prison camps? I am not the first to suggest that a remote, ideally uninhabited, island would be the best option. Helmut Schmidt, one of Ms Merkel’s predecessors, has already suggested a more remote location. Ms Merkel argues that this would isolate the summit from the people, which is kind of odd, if you consider the amount of effort and fence building that has been undertaken to ensure precisely that kind of isolation.
So let’s be concrete: why not designate some desert island as a permanent place for international gatherings. I like Gough Island, which is far away from anything useful or any population that might be bothered. Down under, those who want to govern could then amuse themselves with the few Greenpeace protesters that make the journey.
There is one more possible benefit: Once they are there, heads of government in attendance could be required to pass a vote of confidence in a referendum in their home country before they are allowed back. That should deter them from agreeing on anything that isn’t truly popular at home.
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