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Monday, June 19, 2006

The Reality-Based Community

One of my friends and fellow bloggers posted some timely information on the situation in Iraq, the gist of which is the situation on the ground is FAR worse than the White House or the media will tell us; the ethnic cleansing is well under way, and has been for some time now; and anyone who doesn't believe Iraq is well into her civil war is living in a fantasy world. I felt moved to leave the following comments:

Too bad nobody predicted back in 2003 that going into Iraq without a plan would inevitably result in sectarian civil war...

Wait a minute. Hey, I predicted that exact thing; I bet you did too, as well as most of the civilized world, who begged our government not to do this foolish thing.

I remember in February of 2003, taking a friend of mine over to a map of the world that was on the wall in the office I used to work at in Everett, Washington, and pointing out to him the countries of Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

"Isn't that neat? There's the future United Republic of Talibanistan. And Brought to you by Your Own Government!"

The idea of we broke it, we got to fix it is long past. We did break it, but there's been absolutely no effort to fix anything. We have a responsibility, at this point, to pull completely out, lock, stock, and barrel, and no Nixonian-Cambodian-style air war either. At long last it might be time to let the people there sort out their politics, sectarian or otherwise.

There is nothing we can do to fix. We have rendered Iraq FUBAR.

Having said that, I want to put a few extra points in. The situation in the Near East as well as the Middle East, will never be resolved by bombs or force. On anybody's part. The only way to reach a happier day is for the West to acknowledge that Shi'a Muslims, while conservative in their religious beliefs, are not Evil. The West must also recognize that rampant capitalism is not the Holy answer. As silly as it may sound at first blush, perhaps there's something to be said for the fictional "Prime Directive" in Roddenberry's original Star Trek. The nugget of truth there is that all cultures deserve to have the right to develop without interference. Personally, I'm opposed to women anywhere being second-class citizens, but the folks currently in charge of the United States seem to feel that there are 'second-class' cultures, and if we just keep pounding them, either with ordnance, or with economic devastation, they will finally "come to Jesus", or the neo-con's version of righteousness, the Almighty Dollar.

The right-wing politicos in the U.S. are working towards a world where there are a finite number of haves, and an infinite unwashed mass of have nots, here and abroad, who should be happy that capitalism has made them free. I find this inane, as well as insane.

When we put a stop to the Iraq Adventure, the American People's money being wasted there can be put to uses of production, not destruction. No collateral damage, either, except perhaps to Bush and Cheney's egos. Our Christian President might consider that Redemption is a constant goal of a child of God.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

2006 Atlantic Tropical Storm/Hurricane Season Forecast

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

In for a penny, in for a pound

In the event you haven't noticed yet, I am, and have always been, profoundly opposed to the invasion and occupation of Iraq. So I had to do something today, take what I consider a small risk, to support an Officer of the U.S. Army, who at risk of his own liberty, and the scorn and contempt of many other service members past and present, stepped up and proved he is a patriot.

If you are interested, there is a website in support of US Army Lt. Ehren Watada, on which I signed a petition of support. The following is my statement I included:

Thank you, Lt. Watada, for taking the oath to serve and protect the Constitution of the United States of America with the gravity it deserves. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude and support for your difficult decision. It takes a brave man to volunteer to defend his country. It takes an even more courageous man to make a stand in these peculiar and troubling times. My warmest regards.

I understand, as Lt. Watada himself does, the consequences of his actions, to himself personally, as well as the chagrin felt by many of veterans in response to his refusal to deploy. But he did not attempt to physically remove himself from the country, had no influential friends or relatives keep him out of harm's way, and stands prepared to accept whatever punishment the authorities deem fit.

I feel, even in these times when many of us wonder just how deep the insidious surveillence of private citizens goes, that it was important to me to stand in support. Would that the individuals who have currently usurped our highest civilian offices have shown the honesty, courage, and leadership of this lieutentant, as well as several other enlisted personnel who have calmly faced sanctions for their actions, our country assuredly would not find itself in its current position.

If you are interested in this continuing story, please see . The website in support of Lt. Watada is .