Saturday, April 6, 2013

Royal News Roundup


Starting, for a change, in southern Europe, things have been going from bad to worse for the beleaguered Spanish Royal Family. On Wednesday, magistrate Jose Castro named Infanta Cristina, daughter of HM King Juan Carlos I, a suspect in the ongoing corruption and tax fraud case surrounding her husband IƱaki Urdangarin. Of course, the media was quick to run with the story, which itself would have been unthinkable a few years back when the media tended to treat the Royal Family with respect (rather like in America when JFK was in office). Not so anymore and Spanish republican traitors in parliament were also quick to start celebrating. The leader of the United Left coalition, Cayo Lara, was particularly elated. In the Spanish legal system a person can be named as a suspect and be investigated without having been charged with a crime, nor does it always mean they will be charged. From where yours truly sits, this is looking more and more like a smear campaign against the Royal Family, possibly even a coordinated effort to totally destroy the reputation of the monarchy with gossip, innuendo and accusations. Call me conspiratorial if you will but it seems a little too convenient that this all came crashing down at the height of the economic crisis and serves to distract public attention from the people who have actual power, pass actual laws and have actually driven Spain into the ground with their idiotic policies. God bless the King. He gave his people freedom and we see now how he is repaid.

In Rome, HH Pope Francis caused quite a bit of a stir on Holy Thursday in another break with tradition, going to a Roman juvenile prison and washing the feet of young women as well as young men, including one or two Muslims. Your humble blogger (not so humble as Pope Francis but I try) would also like to make it clear that when earlier I spoke of the Pope giving up the Apostolic Palace, *I was joking*. I was trying to be absurd and outrageous to make a point. However, it seems yours truly was actually being prophetic as Pope Francis has decided that he will not reside in the Apostolic Palace, declaring it too big and fancy for his simple tastes. He will instead have a small room in a building which normally houses staff and where the cardinals previously were quartered during the conclave. He will still use the library for receiving visitors and will use the usual balcony window to address the crowds. Perhaps the Apostolic Palace will be converted for administrative use, seems like a waste of space to just let it sit empty. Just to be on the safe side, I will refrain from making any further speculations about the future of the Holy See. Based on what I have said already, the Swiss Guards may want to start looking around for other employment opportunities just to be on the safe side.

On the British front, HRH the Duke of Cambridge said recently that there was no better job than saving lives, a reference to his work as a rescue-helicopter pilot, but with the impending arrival of his firstborn the future king will be cutting back on his duties with the Royal Air Force. Meanwhile, HRH the Countess of Wessex, royal patroness of the Girl Guides, said that she would be reviewing her role with the organization depending on the outcome of an upcoming vote on whether or not to drop their traditional loyalty oath to the Queen. The countess is reportedly quite upset by the matter and rightly so. If the Girl Guides decide to turn their back on the monarchy; why should any royal give them the time of day? I hope the Girl Guides will not do something so foolish (I could use a stronger word) but I say good on Countess Sophie for drawing a line at such an issue. Also, recently, HM the Queen received a special BAFTA award (the British equivalent of the Oscars in America) for her many years of support for the British film industry. That’s all well and good, though given the number of republican traitors in that particular business I was a little surprised by it. They also made mention of the Queen being the most unforgettable “Bond girl” in reference to that little stunt during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. I could have done without that, as readers will remember, but as usual I seem to be in the minority on that front.

Not a great deal of big royal news in the Far East last week but there was plenty to talk about concerning the communist regime in North Korea which could have a very serious impact on the oldest monarchy in the world next door in Japan. The North Korean regime goes through these antics at fairly regular intervals, mostly because they are usually rewarded for it. They do something outrageous and demand food shipments or something, usually from America, as the price for stopping. This has been quite lucrative in the past, gaining considerable concessions by shutting down the same nuclear plant several times. The problem is that every time they seem to have to go one step farther to prove that “this time” they really mean it. One day they will finally go a step too far. In the past, U.S. President Obama said publicly that the days of North Korea being rewarded for bad behavior were over. If he really means that, the pudgy potentate in Pyongyang may find that he has painted himself into a corner and, when no concessions are forthcoming, is “forced” to take some aggressive action rather than being seen with egg foo young on his face. South Korea can take care of itself, it has a very professional army and the strongest economy among the free nations of the east but of course it would not be just North Korea but also Red China and that would be too much for South Korea to handle. The U.S. is obliged to be involved in this, but no one should count on the U.S. for long. Japan would be well-advised to enact constitutional reforms and move towards becoming a stronger, more independent country. Japan and South Korea may even have to go for their own nuclear deterrent or else be prepared to make sacrifices to please the bandit government in Peking. For the sake of all those involved, certainly for my own friends and family in Japan, South Korea and mainland China, I really hope all of this blows over without bloodshed as it has in the past.

5 comments:

  1. It is an embarrassment for a country that once called itself “The Empire of the Rising Sun” to always rely upon the help of other country in defending itself against foreign aggressions.
    The 1945 constitution has been emasculating Japan since its inception. The US occupation ended decades ago, yet US liberals occupation has never left.
    Even West Germany didn’t have this “docile” mentality, and neither does its successor, the current German state.

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    1. True. I thought later I should have looked for a stronger word. "Reform" really doesn't convey how far I think Japan should go. And, yes, the war was a traumatic experience but, really, writing into your fundamental national law that you can never go to war is just silly. Japan needs to get beyond such nonsense and take its destiny in its own hands again. Given the direction America is going in, a stronger, revitalized Japan would be a benefit -and so far only the self-hating left in America seems afraid of Japan acting like a real country again.

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  2. Fortunately, China has shown signs that it will not defend North Korea like it has in the past before.

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    1. The Foreign Office (so to speak) would like nothing better than to be shed of the DPRK but the generals over at the PLA want to back them to the hilt. However, I hope you're right of course. A cousin of mine just moved to China and I would not like to see him arrested as an "enemy alien" if North Korea decides to do something stupid.

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  3. This is kind of off topic but MM, have you every thought about this. I mean, if the Lord doesn't return before then (though he likely will) then 5 hundred, or a thousand years from now, what makes up the U.S. today will likely be made up of Monarchies, republics, and dictatorships. Likely more monarchies. In a thousand years world maps will be unrecognisable! This is just a thought.

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