Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Elders of the Earth

It sounds like planet Earth’s representative body to the United Federation of Planets, except that the creator of Star Trek ensured that interplanetary affairs were conducted in accordance with the principles of liberal democracy, and Starfleet combined defence, diplomacy and research in a humanitarian and peacekeeping effort which makes the United Nations look positively palaeozoic.

Apparently, our planet’s Elders are:

Kofi Annan
Ela Bhatt
Lakhdar Brahimi
Gro Brundtland
Fernando H Cardoso
Jimmy Carter
Graça Machel
Mary Robinson
Desmond Tutu
Muhammad Yunus

One reads that they are ‘an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity’.

That’s nice.

But Jimmy Carter?

They must all obviously subscribe to the Mandelan political and religious worldview in order to be elevated to the status of planetary dignitary. The hubris is passing belief.

Apparently ‘the story of the Elders’ (they are legendary, you see) ‘started in a conversation between the entrepreneur Richard Branson and the musician Peter Gabriel (what, no Bono?). The idea they discussed was a simple one (indeed). In an increasingly interdependent world – a global village – could a small, dedicated group of independent elders help to resolve global problems and ease human suffering?

'For inspiration, they looked to traditional societies, where elders often help to share wisdom and resolve disputes within communities. They took their idea to Nelson Mandela, who agreed to support it. With the help of Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu, Mandela set about bringing the Elders together.

‘Prospective members were invited to join on the basis of a distinct set of criteria. Firstly, and most importantly, they should be independent. They should have earned international trust, demonstrated integrity and built a reputation for inclusive, progressive leadership.’

But Jimmy Carter?

‘Mandela announced the formation of the Elders in July 2007, on the occasion of his 89th birthday, at a ceremony in Johannesburg. During the ceremony, he described the mission of the group:

"The Elders can speak freely and boldly, working both publicly and behind the scenes. They will reach out to those who most need their help. They will support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict and inspire hope where there is despair."

They should credit their manifesto to St Francis of Assisi.

‘The Elders amplify the voices of those who work hard to be heard, challenge injustice, stimulate dialogue and debate and help others to work for positive change in their societies.

‘The Elders do not hold public office and have no political or legislative power. Because they are not bound by the interests of any single nation, government or institution, they are free to speak boldly and with whomever they choose on any issue, and to take any action that they believe is right.

‘When undertaking initiatives, the Elders are committed to listening to the views of all groups and individuals – and especially women and young people. The Elders work both publicly and behind the scenes and at all levels - local, national and international - lending support and advice when invited, and sometimes when it is not.’

All of which makes Cranmer wonder why he has never heard of them. What immeasurable success they have been having in Israel/Gaza, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Kashmir, Georgia, Colombia, Kurdistan, Darfur...

Perhaps the make-up of the group explains the deficiency.

They missed out Oprah Winfrey.

And what ‘Elders of the Earth’ would be complete without the greatest religio-political achievers?

Where is Margaret Thatcher?
Pope Benedict XVI?
George W Bush?
Stephen Harper?
Rudy Giuliani?
Dick Cheney?
Condoleezza Rice?

Ah, wait. They are all of the Right...

47 Comments:

Blogger Oblong² said...

They're a bunch of Marxists and dhimmi Jew-haters led by a convicted criminal.

Where do I send the hate mail?

11 August 2009 at 10:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ELDERS - Ex-Leaders Dying to Extend Reign of Stupidity

Kofi Annan - international embezzler
Ela Bhatt - who?
Lakhdar Brahimi - ditto
Gro Brundtland - Nordic socialist
Fernando H Cardoso - don't foget the H!
Jimmy Carter - the Smiling Eunuch
Graça Machel - Marxist widderwoman, appointed by hubbie
Mary Robinson - Celtic tigress, dresses smartly
Desmond Tutu - garrulous heretic
Muhammad Yunus - token Moderate Muslim

Where are the Buddhists???
What about Gorby???

11 August 2009 at 10:25  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

10 of them? They're not the ten horns of the Beast of Revelation are they?

11 August 2009 at 10:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elders of the Earth.
The Illuminati wont like this.

11 August 2009 at 10:35  
Anonymous Martin said...

Not what we do in my tradtional society - we put old people where they belong... in HOMES

11 August 2009 at 10:49  
OpenID jobtwenteewun1to3 said...

maybe Peter Gabriel promised Mandella an aeroplane if he would only bring some blue skies back. After all, Mandella only needs to call him and Gabriel will be anything he wants. 10 pompous sledgehammers indeed.

11 August 2009 at 11:25  
Blogger Jim Bartlet said...

My Lord, this is not a new concept, it all began with George Lucas's idea of the Jedi Masters in his Star Wars trilogy. What we are witnessing today is the beginnings of the Clone Wars.

May the bloody Force be with us!

11 August 2009 at 11:44  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

I suppose Blair isn’t quite old enough yet.

11 August 2009 at 11:45  
Blogger English Viking said...

I'd be interested to know whether the stars in the logo are an actual constellation, and if so, which one. These organisations are usually either useless or demonic, or both. By the way, in what way was Nelson promoting peace and harmony when he was orchestrating the Church Street bombing? What is it with ex? terrorists and peace?

11 August 2009 at 12:11  
Anonymous Will Knott said...

This is actually an old news story, the group was formed in July 2007.

Given the year, that means that people actively running in politics (isn't everyone on the list a former something or other) were unavailable without retiring.

Which means that George W Bush (but not George H Bush), Stephen Harper, Rudy Giuliani, Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice had their day job getting in the way at the time.

And would you give up running your country to take a job at the UN if you had a choice?

Also I suspect that Pope Benedict XVI can't join a political group (of any sort) without causing a whole upheaval across the "interesting" world of Italian politics, possibly costing the Vatican its independence..

Where is Margaret Thatcher? Good question. Not just in this group, but in general. She has moved out of view. Maybe she is getting more done behind the scenes.

11 August 2009 at 12:18  
Anonymous the recusant said...

"The fact that they are touting themselves as the world's wise men is simply a big joke. I would rather refer to them as the wise-guys. That's closer to the truth,"

Jim Hughes, president of Campaign Life Coalition, Canada and vice-president of International Right to Life

Overpopulation: The Making of a Myth

11 August 2009 at 12:37  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...

The concept seems daft and anyway it will give all those conspiracy theorists a bit of ammunition e.g. they will think it is another sign of the Illuminati or whatever they call it .

11 August 2009 at 12:52  
Anonymous Stewart Cowan said...

I didn't realise we had these 'global leaders' helping to "address major causes of human suffering..."

Unfortunate then, that the terrible persecution of Christians in Eritrea seems to have escaped them.

I typed in 'Eritrea' in their search box...

"Your search yielded no results"

Maybe locking people up in steel shipping containers in the hope they will deny their faith is okay if they are only Christians?

Cynical? Moi?

11 August 2009 at 13:11  
Blogger Young Mr. Brown said...

The members of this group are all brave and courageous people.

To set themselves up and call themselves "The elders" is to say, in effect "We are the wise of the earth." Most people will surely be astonished at such pomposity. And after a few seconds of astonishment, they will burst into laughter.

I am sure that I would not have the bravery and courage to subject myself to inevitable derisive laughter that these people will have brought upon themselves.

11 August 2009 at 13:25  
Anonymous bobalina said...

Er... who on earth came up with the name? It cries out for bad taste "Protocols" jokes.

11 August 2009 at 13:26  
Blogger KJC402 said...

‘When undertaking initiatives, the Elders are committed to listening to the views of all groups and individuals – and especially women and young people.

Ahh..the old some groups are more inclusive than others caveat, like the PLO is more inclusive than Israel and Venezuela is more inclusive than the U.S.

This is just a bunch of old hacks that think they still matter or need their ego strutted about like Bill Clinton.

11 August 2009 at 13:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bobalina:

The Protocols of the Elders of Cryon

http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/Cryon

11 August 2009 at 13:56  
Blogger The Heresiarch said...

Benedict "of the right"? Didn't you read that recent Encyclical? The morality might be "of the right", but the economics and discussion of world affairs was lazily of the left.

As for the Elders - where's Al Gore? Shurely Shome Mishtake...

11 August 2009 at 14:01  
Blogger Theo said...

"When undertaking initiatives, the Elders are committed to listening to the views of all groups and individuals – and especially women and young people."

Sounds a bit like "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

11 August 2009 at 14:09  
Anonymous jimmy carter said...

Where is Margaret Thatcher?

Not playing with a full deck any more as you ask.

Cheer up!

11 August 2009 at 16:05  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

I think the recusant should have been place on this list as he appears to know everything with the exception of impending cricket scores.Not long to go!

11 August 2009 at 16:08  
Blogger Dr.D said...

No doubt they are channeling the spirit of Arafat, the great "peace maker."

11 August 2009 at 16:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Elders certainly, betters never

11 August 2009 at 16:46  
Anonymous not a machine said...

if only they had spoke up about bounuses at freedie mae and fanny mac , and overleveredge of the other banks , they would have saved so much poverty , oh hold on a democrat was needed to be elected .

11 August 2009 at 17:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at a wedding earlier this year, which Mary Robinson also attended. At the reception afterwards, the DJ played "Here's to you, Mrs Robinson", which she took in good heart.

11 August 2009 at 18:05  
Anonymous the recusant said...

Mr sydneysider, thank you for the compliment but I have enough trouble as it is trying to organise my own affairs. Regarding the Cricket well perhaps Proverbs 18:12 should suffice for both Elders and the hopes of an English victory in the Ashes (thinks 1812, not a good year for the French though).

PS Brilliant job by the Melbourne Police against the terrorists.

11 August 2009 at 18:09  
Anonymous len said...

This is a joke yes?
What are they, some sort of dilapidated 'A 'team?

11 August 2009 at 18:54  
Blogger Gnostic said...

If these people are supposed to be the answer to all our prayers then is this proof God has a devilish sense of humour?

11 August 2009 at 18:58  
Blogger Theo said...

Len
This is no joke - look at their website (http://www.theelders.org/) - its a celebration of narcissism. They appear to be serious about their quest.

It's a pity they missed out John Lennon and Pricess Di - or do you have to be actually breathing to join?

Anyone know how to become an Elder 'cos I want to nominate Lord Sugar?

11 August 2009 at 19:29  
Blogger OldSouth said...

Oh, heavens! So that's where President Carter has been hanging out while the show trials of the Iranian dissidents have been conducted!

He, of all people, should be leading the outcry against them, as one of the people most responsible for the establishment of the Iranian regime.

Remember, he's the guy who left the Shah hung out to dry, so the 'revolutionaries' led by Khomeni could take over.

Just another day in the life of America's Champion of Human Rights...

11 August 2009 at 20:38  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

“The Elders” Hmmmm is this a new dating site? Or marriage guidance for the over 60’s? or both?

Silly me of course not, it must be where Harriet Harmaman has been drawing all her inspiration from these days for her potty plans

All sounds a bit to tribal for me. I’m sure these old sages can do a lot of good in developing countries but they can do that quietly without all the attention.

11 August 2009 at 21:06  
Blogger Brad said...

Jimmy Carter? When European leaders got phone calls from him, they used to laugh to their aides and try to humor him; nobody took him seriously, either here or over in Europe. Latin Americans still laugh at his attempts to speak Spanish to them; what Iranians, of all political views, think of him is best left off a family site like this.
Let me guess-these people are either self-appointed or appointed by a government-funded NGO? And we should pay attention to what they have to say-why?

11 August 2009 at 22:38  
Blogger ZZMike said...

You're joking.

By the prophet's beard!!! you're not!!

(Do a web search on "elders of the earth". Our gracious host comes up first.)

But Jimmy Carter?????

And who is Mary Robinson? (Ok, I found Mary Therese Winifred Bourke.)

Now wait ... Wiki says that Mr Tutu convened the Elders (perhaps not an auspicious name) in 2007. It says:

"... a group of world leaders to contribute their wisdom, independent leadership and integrity to tackle some of the world's toughest problems."

But Jimmy Carter?????

11 August 2009 at 23:11  
Blogger Ayrdale said...

The obvious clue is in the word "progressive". Only "progressives" have an appropriate marxist "social conscience".

12 August 2009 at 04:15  
Anonymous Steve said...

I think this is fantastic. I suggest we invite them grace an ark with their august eminences so as to better inform the next human habitation somewhere beyond ...

12 August 2009 at 14:07  
Blogger Dissenter said...

You forgot Bono and Bob Geldof

12 August 2009 at 14:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 of them? They're not the ten horns of the Beast of Revelation are they?

Ah, yes, I think we can safely conclude that they are in reality exactly that. Especially judging by their collective record so far.

We will have world peace of sorts on day, but it will not come without at least another world war, and certainly not during any of our lifetimes.

Peace is defined by the period between WARS. Only problem is that no such time has ever existed, since the dawn of so called civilization. The powers that be will ensure that this is always the case. Or at least until a time when they effectively control every single man, women, and child, they permit to survive.

Without wars, we can not have peace-makers. Therefore the very existence of groups such as this one, should indicate that the head honcho's of The Worlds Establishment have no intention of ceasing their long held policy of controlling the worlds populations, using their very well tried and tested method of WARS and other forms of deliberately created chaos, such as the economic type, any time soon.

I believe the above to be SELF-APPARENT.

"Behond The Beast, for he is a wolf in sheeps clothing."

Atlas Shrugged

12 August 2009 at 19:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 of them? They're not the ten horns of the Beast of Revelation are they?

Ah, yes, I think we can safely conclude that they are in reality exactly that. Especially judging by their collective record so far.

We will have world peace of sorts on day, but it will not come without at least another world war, and certainly not during any of our lifetimes.

Peace is defined by the period between WARS. Only problem is that no such time has ever existed, since the dawn of so called civilization. The powers that be will ensure that this is always the case. Or at least until a time when they effectively control every single man, women, and child, they permit to survive.

Without wars, we can not have peace-makers. Therefore the very existence of groups such as this one, should indicate that the head honcho's of The Worlds Establishment have no intention of ceasing their long held policy of controlling the worlds populations, using their very well tried and tested method of WARS and other forms of deliberately created chaos, such as the economic type, any time soon.

I believe the above to be SELF-APPARENT.

"Behond The Beast, for he is a wolf in sheeps clothing."

Atlas Shrugged

12 August 2009 at 19:04  
Anonymous Kent Brockman said...

If these are the Elders of the Earth, then I, for one, welcome our new giant ant overlords.

13 August 2009 at 01:52  
Anonymous carmel lite said...

I have always thoroughly enjoyed
your rantings especially in Greek.It reminds me of a gardener we had as a child.Something very reassuring about it.I take objection to certain comments
which hinted at your identity in the above post.You have a number of supporters here in Melbourne and none of them would regard any of your rantings and ravings in any way a form of torture.

13 August 2009 at 17:50  
Anonymous carmel lite said...

the above comment is for the recusant.
carmel lite

13 August 2009 at 17:53  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

These guys are simply frontmen for the real rulers.

I doubt any of these guys does anything without the Nod from their Sith Overlords, the bilderbergers.

The New World Order for Dummies

13 August 2009 at 23:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has a somewhat 'Elders of Zion' feel about it.

14 August 2009 at 00:37  
Anonymous Mrs Proudie of Barchester said...

Are these the very lizards the Blessed Icke preaches about? Good heavens!

14 August 2009 at 11:49  
Anonymous Toronto realtor said...

Margaret Thatcher should have been on the list, why isn't she? Stephen Harper, on the other hand, does not belong there.

Julie

15 August 2009 at 15:45  
Blogger Joshua said...

Is that the Pleiades in their logo...?

There are 9 (possibly 10) stars in this cluster...

Alcyone
Atlas
Electra
Maia
Merope
Taygeta
Pleione
Celaeno
Asterope


I bring this up because these type of organisations tend to be very "New World Order-ish" or "New Age-y"

The Pleiades were nymphs in the train of Artemis; nursemaids and teachers to the infant Bacchus.

"Many a night I saw the Pleiads, rising through the mellow shade,Glitter like a swarm of fire-flies tangled in a silver braid."
-Tennyson

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4e/Pleiades_large.jpg

17 August 2009 at 03:22  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

I think we have to be careful on this thread. Any suggestions about the 'End Times' which are nearly upon us should be in accord with the visions in the Book of Daniel, Psalm 83 and the Book of Revelations.

18 August 2009 at 10:49  

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