"Antiglobalization folks didn't stand a chance. Nor did Al Qaeda. After all, if someone managed to take out Davos during WEF week the world would basically lose a fair chunk of its ruling and governing class POOF, just like that. So security was the name of the game. Metal detectors, X-ray machines, shivering soldiers standing in blizzards, etc."
(((I've always figured that the summiteers and the protesting summit-hoppers would come to an understanding eventually. After all, the protesters are the only group who take Davos, WTO, etc with total seriousness. The tipping-point is gonna come when these Seattle '99 street canaille stop waving their anarchist black flags, and start waving light-blue UN flags, because they are all commercially underwritten by billionaire BINGOs (Big International Non-Governmental Organizations). And ladies and gentlemen, we have never been closer to that rapprochement. After 2/15, you can smell it in the wind. People, the war hasn't even started yet.)))
"The global economy is in very very very very bad shape. Last year when WEF met here in New York all I heard was, 'Yeah, it's bad, but recovery is right around the corner.' This year 'recovery' was a word never uttered. Fear was palpable – fear of enormous fiscal hysteria. The watchwords were 'deflation,' 'long term stagnation' and 'collapse of the dollar.' All of this is without war."
(((Kinda speaks for itself, doesn't it?...
"Not surprisingly, the business community was in no mood to hear about a war in Iraq. Except for diehard American Republicans, a few Brit Tories and some Middle East folks the WEF was in a foul, angry anti-American mood. Last year the WEF was a lovefest for America. This year the mood was so ugly that it reminded me of what it felt like to be an American overseas in the Reagan years. The rich – whether they are French or Chinese or just about anybody – are livid about the Iraq crisis primarily because they believe it will sink their financial fortunes."
(((Gee, y'know, maybe the Bush tax cut will win 'em over. Oh wait, these are EUROPEAN rich people.)))
And much more.A must read.