Sadly, the man that wrote the article below does not rule Britain (not that he wants to), because he is far more intelligent than those in power.
Latest news is that, yippee, the UK will be sending 6 (six!) aircraft, since politicians ignored the wisdom of the above writer. The enemy—whoever that might be—must be cowering in their “dens”.
After watching the news, I watched a program on Bob Dylan’s folk years. One line from one of his songs struck me in the context of what’s happening in the news: “You don’t count your dead, when god’s on your side.” Both sides seem to agree. This reminds me of the sentiment raised in the first line of my first novel, Sister Sisteron, “Jack Synder had learned to doubt any god in the hands of man”.
Differences of opinion seem to be the curse of humanity…
If one did not know already that Fox News is a hate-mongering monster with an agenda, then the following story would convince anyone with a brain.
Instead of welcoming progress toward inclusiveness in the Muslim world, they mock a country’s modernisation. Twisting the truth is their speciality. Hurting the country is of no concern.
These people are the worst of America: mysoginistic, racist, elitist, anti-LGBT white supremacists. The few token alternative voices—female and Democrats— prostitute themselves to no discernible effect, other than ensuring a job for themselves.
The hot variety…
(Some of which contributes to global warming, mostly because it prevents finding a cure.)
Many people think that the United Nations is a forum to solve problems in the world. That might be a side benefit—occasionally— but the actual purpose is to provide a stage for national leaders to posture. Case in point: the British prime minister boasting about (possibly) joining the fun in the Middle East. Most tend to forget that he was unable to obtain parliament’s approval to join in the carnage last time he tried, but that is irrelevant for any politician that has reached the UN pulpit.
Few of these posturings are noticed beyond the politician’s local media, with a paltry few being granted a few seconds on cable television. But, that’s all they want: a chance to impress the local electorate with their imagined greatness.
Another case in point: the president of the United States promising to do something about climate change and carbon emissions. No chance. Congress will never agree (see the numbers in the below link). This is a body peopled with ignorant—some naturally, some wilfully, some paid to be—men and women, guided by something other than the good of their country and the good of humanity. But, they are some of the best politicians money can buy!
I watched part of the news conference at the end of the NATO summit and was impressed by the president's command of facts and articulation of the issues. These are complicated subjects, with names that are not easy to remember.
Afterwards, I flipped through news channels and paused for a moment on Fox News. One of the Republican idiots, that tried to run for president, was commenting of the president's news conference. All he could utter was meaningless criticism, because he does not understand the complex issues facing the country. This is a prime example of a guy having an opinion and thinking he's right, because he is shameless and cannot recognise his vapidity.
But, things will never change...
Republicans want to do something, especially if it's wrong. They do not recognise that most of the problems in the Middle East were caused by themselves. Criticism of someone trying to clean up your messes is the worst kind of hypocrisy.
Here' one guy that gets it right:
The following is only for those with intellectual curiosity…
This is an interesting piece by an English historian (his books on India are excellent), which provides insights not found in media reports. Instead of sounds bites, he offers historical facts. This is good, compelling analysis, which helps (a little) to explain something difficult—perhaps even impossible—for outsiders to comprehend.
His key conclusion about about events in the Middle East swirling around Iraq and Syria:
“As ever in the Middle East, religion is a useful mask assumed by the powerful as a way of holding on to power.”
In the Middle East, it’s all about religion; in the United States, it’s all about money. Unfortunately, the US drive for money (ie. oil) poured petrol on the flames of religious strife.
If one owns a television, radio, or internet thingy, it is impossible to avoid news of bloodshed in the Middle East. Of course, this is not new news, killings have been happening for as long as people have lingered in this part of the world. The pace surely increased once folks started disagreeing on who and what to worship. No one likes to accept another’s idiocy, which a rebuke of his (guys usually do the killings, in another instance of gender imbalance in society) or her idiocy. One this is clear: this must be "god's' will, because they all worship the same illusion.
I have a solution: Everybody should kill everybody and get it over with. We know that this is what they want. Then, the rest of the world can get on with their own foolishness.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.