The issue is not Democrats having been hacked

Watch and read the media and up pop discussions and debate about the hack of “Democratic mails”. It’s “a hack into Democratic servers”. Or the focus is on the illegally obtained and used “Democratic information”.

It is presented as a Democratic problem, but the real discussion should be about a democratic nation being the focus of an attempt to meddle with its democratic election, its democratic procedures, its democratic bodies – whatever makes it a democratic nation.

Too many journalists, anchor heads, reporters, panel members, politicians and the rest wanting to be in the limelight, focus on the word Democrats and Democratic followed by a noun. Usually, the comments and remarks are rather gleeful. As if the problem is specifically a problem of one US political party. As if the recent hack during the US elections was just a Democratic headache.

This is wrong, for next time, the hack may well concern Republican mails, servers, politicians. Next time, it may actually be any other party, politician, government body, complete country, having its democratic procedures, ideas, ideals being meddled with and manipulated to serve a definitely non-democratic aim.

So such hacks should be treated as serious problems, instead of a laughing matter. For such hacks are aimed at destabilizing and discrediting democracy and democracies. What should worry those taking part in panel discussions or debates is not “Democrats” but democracy being the victim. What should worry everybody is the fact that there are not just people and countries (Western ones included – no doubt) willing to interfere in such a fashion, willing to go to such lengths – and not giving a dime if they leave their electronic fingerprints and trails all over the place, because they know they will get away with it.


About Kate

Multilingual arts & culture journalist, blogger, columnist, writer and translator. Contributor to international (news) media. 2014 winning columnist Gentse Schrijversdagen, Gand, Belgium.
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