Just heard this on the World Service as I started to make my way to bed. Some Scottish jimmy who often does coming attraction announcements in the program breaks says something like
Everyone's familiar with American exports. They're in all our lives. What about America's biggest export? Democracy. But will western-style democracy really work in other parts of the world? Or is this just another example of ... American cultural imperialism? [not my emphasis]. Join the World Service this Saturday as we find out.

Might have to steel myself and check that out. Those guys are abandoning pretence faster than a pilot of a sinking balloon sheds ballast.

Earlier this evening on BBC World TV their lead story on the top of the hour news was an analysis piece on Iraq. Lots of footage of American soldiers on surprise raids with the announcer saying (loose quote) "but this time, they didn't find who they were looking for. Another fruitless search, as America just keeps getting stuck deeper and deeper into the mess." Then they jump - really - to an extended grainy shot of kids rioting and fat cops swinging batons at them ... in 1968. It's Chicago, the Democratic convention and the jolly overdubbed musical track is Country Joe and the Fish singing:

...oh, and it's one, two, three, what are we fightin' for?
Don't ask me I don't give a damn
Next stop is Vee-yet-nam!

Good night.

Steve | 23:31 |