23 Aug. 2007


Gotta love your regular dose of Paul Keating:
KERRY O'BRIEN: But why aren't the major leaders seeing this, if it's such a compelling argument?

PAUL KEATING: In the end they're turkeys Kerry, they won't take the big issues on.
If you missed the interview, a rather frail-looking Keating had some interesting things to say about APEC's role as a security broker in the Asia-Pacific region. I particularly welcomed his comment that there have been no grand ideas in international politics since the creation of the European Union. Like I often say, we, the people of this post-Cold War world, are crying out for some idealism.

In related news(???), China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnation without government permission. No, really.