All the kings men
The only time th west really pays much attention to Nepal is when a white climber dies on Mt. Everest, or better yet, when they summit. The west doesn't care much about kings and their regimes, as long as they keep pumping the oil (Saudi Arabia), torturing suspected terrorist for the CIA (Morocco), or are too little to really give a shit about (Nepal). Maoist rebels, my companeros, have been fighting for many years and some say for all the wrong reasons. Their demands are primitive - I mean who the fuck cares about socialized medicine, education, water rights, and responsible tourism anyway? Idiots!
The people of Nepal have had their fill with this monarchy, and as trendy as it has become lately, took to the streets in massive numbers to peacefully protest. Its hard to peacefully protest when all the kings men are beating you like a dog with sticks, though. So it goes. The capital has been marred with bloody clashes with the crowns police and military forces, whilst opposition parties, including the Maoist rebels are busy as well blocking major roads and causing peaceful havoc as we like to say in the business.
So whilst the French conjure up fond memories of their great revolution, they today celebrate in Chirac's decision to ditch the youth employment bill. March on froggies, march on!
The Thai's have strongly enoughed voiced their dissent over the president selling the state owned telecommunications company to Singapore that they have crippled the work of the government. Even though Mr. Pres, a villager himself, has done a good amount for poor - the Thai's actual demand ethics in governing the people. Do you believe these ungrateful wankers. Ethics and morals in politics. What fucking century do they live in. Mr. Pres should have sent out the army to deal with them...but hey, its a democracy and its a bit harder (unless your America) to send the army out whenever it tickles your fancy.
Nepal is an important little piece of the wonderful planet we all share. The Nepalese people are kind, peaceful and resourceful. They have taken to the streets to demand back the democracy, as imperfect as it was, that they once had. But the king and his men are determined not to give up that easily. America would only have to huff and puff to blow that house down. But they choose silence. The EU too has choose silence. India and China have chosen silence.
Do the little people, with little economic ramifications, really not matter to us. Are our moral obligations weighed in cost effectiveness? The west bombs so-called democracy down the worlds throat whether they like it or not. But much like the immigrants we find on the street protesting in the very America that gives them the economic security they've always dreamt of - the Nepalese find themselves wondering 'does anybody really give a shit besides us?' I'm afraid the answer, by and large, is no.