December 21, 2010
Rite of Rerun
I see that Barack H. Obama has finally dared to speak truth to power: He has "accepted" the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. What a stunner!
So what does this mean for the hundreds of millions of
Indignant Indigenous Peoples around the globe? Well obviously we're not going to "return" the entire territory of the United States to Native Americans Indians; and Russia isn't going to return all of Eastern Russia to the Tartars, Japan isn't handing their islands over to the Ainu, and France doesn't revert to the Languedoc.
But I fear every "native" group in the world will now have a U.N.-sanctioned claim on the industrialized nations for -- wait for it -- reparations:
[Kenneth Deer, secretary of the Mohawk Nation at Kahnawke in Canada] dismissed the warnings of critics who say the document could be used to argue for massive land transfers back to North America's Indian tribes, but agreed that the declaration offers support for reparations.
Article 28 states that indigenous peoples "have the right to redress," which can include "restitution" or "just, fair and equitable compensation" for lands and resources they have traditionally owned or occupied, but which have been "confiscated, taken, occupied" without their consent.
And here is a clear and concise analysis of what this declaration entails:
"It's not that all indigenous lands have to be returned to indigenous peoples. We have to respect the rights of people who are on the land now," Mr. Deer said. "What the states have been saying is, 'This is not your land anymore,' but the declaration is saying, 'Yes, this is their land, and you have to deal with it.' "
As I understand Mr. Deer's position, it's not that all these "confiscated" lands must be returned to the natives; it's just that the natives still own it (if they're "they"), or that the current occupiers own it and the natives have to deal with it (if they're "you," rather than "they"). Well, that clears things up!
Add the new displacement reparations for all indigenous personnel to slavery reparations for everyone who can claim a drop of black blood, and multiply by the Globaloney transfer tax, and it looks like it will be a rum go for anybody who happens not to haply have some remote ancestor who can be claimed as anything other than a white conservative Christian.
But more urgent, how long before Palestinians hijack this universal declaration to demand the "right of return" to their homeland of "Palestine" -- whose borders, by a funny coincidence, coincide with the borders of the Zionist Entity?
It is of course impossible to state with authority that such and such a tribe comprised the first inhabitants of any particular geographical area; every spot on Earth has been fought over, bled over, and conquered, typically hundreds of times. Which one of that long parade of ancestral peoples is the real owner?
We'd better come up with a heuristic pretty darned quickly, because the man who speaks for America is furiously committing us to such U.N. transfer schemes as fast as the human mind can fathom.
Hatched by Dafydd on this day, December 21, 2010, at the time of 6:11 PM
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The following hissed in response by: Mr. Michael
I think this new idea is wonderful... as a Norwegian (well, Grandpa was. Until he left) I an now able to put forth my claim for my share of the North Sea Oil. Oh, I'm not so callous as to want it back... no, no, you can keep it, Europe, of course. I just want you (Europe) to recognize the, uh, 'wanton rape and callous theft' of my 'ancestral minerals and such as'. Yeah. A check would be so declasse'... how about you just truck over some of those little gold bars the Viennese Philharmonic is so proud of. Yeah... they'll do.
The following hissed in response by: BlueNight
Is it three and a half years already?
The following hissed in response by: Davod
"Well obviously we're not going to "return" the entire territory of the United States to Native Americans Indians; and Russia isn't going to return all of Eastern Russia to the Tartars, Japan isn't handing their islands over to the Ainu, and France doesn't revert to the Languedoc."
In Australia, the courts upheld an Aboriginal claim to the city of Perth, the capital city of the state of Western Australia. The so called experts are suggesting that tribes would be wise to accept the payment of rent as opposed to taking direct control of he land.
Look to the Administration moving quickly on similar claims in the US.
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