Many years ago, I noticed the paradox and/or absurdity of US politicians ruling the world. They thank their position to votes by the worst-informed voters on the planet. Tests have proven that most cannot even identify geographic points in their own country, much less any point of interest on the globe. Few know any history or are informed about current events. They are gullible enough to believe anything spouted by the turkeys for which they vote. These uninformed then play a role in defining the foreign policy, which has a large impact on the people of many countries.
Sadly, politicians love dumb, uniformed voters....
Surprising news: for the first time ever, congress agreed with President Obama, although having brazenly claimed to oppose every move he makes. Of course, that must only deal with matters having a positive effect on US citizens. As long as the decision will harm foreigners, preferably non-Christians, agreement with a loathed president is possible, perhaps even necessary. This is the only measure that congress has passed in recent history: war/guns/profits. And, reports suggest that Republicans idiots want to send more weapons than the president and his advisors have judged to be needed. None of the screamers who want to send bullets to Syrian seem to recall that the US armed the mujahadin in Afghanistan, which turned into Al Qaeda.
If one scans the television news channels, it is impossible to avoid something about Syria. At the moment, a bunch of old men and women from around the world are racking up per diem in Geneva. Before I could switch channels, I paused at a report on the refugee camps.
A reporter was showing the water supply in one refuge: a hole in the ground with dirty water. Anyone fetching water needed a bucket on a rope, and all water had to be boiled.
Switching channels, I landed again at picture showing the table of negotiators in Geneva. At each place setting were four large (one liter) bottles of water. If each person drinks that much water, plus the free coffee, there will be a whole bunch of bathroom breaks. How will they get anything done?
Life is good for negotiators, who all are housed in luxury hotels. The hundreds of men and women in the room and along for the ride must cost a pretty penny, as the saying goes. I can imagine the salaries of these people, plus their benefits and per diems. Add this up for the time they spend in Switzerland, plus the travel costs (government plane, private jet, or 1st class), and a tidy sum would be available to improve the water supply and quality for refugees.
I noticed the following headline in an English newspaper:
The good guys have lost in Syria – only the bad guys are left fighting
I judge this to be erroneous. After being submitted to seemingly endless media coverage of “events” in Syria over the past months (seems like years), I reached the conclusion that there are no “good guys”...with the exception of aid and medical volunteers.
Was that everyone-in-Southeast-Asia’s favorite alleged mass murder, Henry Kissinger, sitting at the table between Mssrs. Kerry and Lavrov? Here’s a guy that knows a thing or two about using chemical weapons (napalm) and killing of innocent people (still today, people are dying from clusters bombs authorized by good old Henry). Ask people in Cambodia and Laos who their favorite American is.
I guess his participation in the Syria thing is like hiring the hacker to help you protect your computer against hackers. Or, as the saying goes, it takes an alleged war criminal to know an alleged war criminal.
Anyone doubting or not knowing that life is a game should watch/listen to reports from Moscow and Washington about Syria. One would think that these two governments were playing chess, despite the much higher stakes. Peoples’ lives are at risk (or, more correctly, under the gun), but world leaders are trying to score points against each other. Working together to find a common solution is not an option for men with big egos and toys of war at their disposal. Image means more than lives of innocent folks.
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.