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So we’ve killed Osama bin Laden. It is a big deal. It sends a message and we’ve removed a major financial contributer to al-quieda. But there are some issues which remain and a matter of “perspective” to take into consideration.
First, one of the issues that remain. I heard George W. Bush say today, from an interview in 2002 I believe, that “terrorism is bigger than one man”. Actually very true. You see, our problem now, going forward, is that we have to think about the events that led us to this point, the point of being the target of major terrorism. After the 9-11 attacks, bin Laden stated that the attacks were in response to:
“U.S military presence in Saudi Arabia” - an issue because Saudi Arabia is Islam’s holy land, with its center in Mecca.
“U.S support for Israel” - A bit of a long story but basically heres how i understand it: the western powers after World War 2 wanted to give a safe haven to the Jewish people who had been so brutalized during the war. Maybe its was a “fairy tale” idea, looked so good on paper, to allow them to settle in their former homeland. I also happen to think that giving a country to a brutalized people would beholden them to the West. Also, that country just happened to run along a vast stretch of sea, that just happened to be right next to the largest oil reserves in the world. To say having a friendly country with acsess to the sea in the middle of a region of the world which has an incredably valuable resource is “good on paper” would be an understatement. I’ve always compared Israel’s creation to this:
After World War 2, the powers of the world, minus the United States, decide that Native Americans, Indians if you will, have suffered very much over the course of history and it was time to do something for them. So the powers of the world say that the entire country of the United States now belonged to Native Americans. Americans not of Indian desent have to leave their homes and be resettled in less than desireable parts of America, with scarce access to water, power, oil, medicine, transportation, and many other vital resources and services. The house you live in, the one you grew up in, was just left where it stood and any Native American could come and live in it, taking everything that you couldnt carry with you for their own. It would be kind of like “Finding” a house as opposed to buying one.
So the issue was put to vote in the United Nations and approved with just barely a 2/3 vote. Though there are some interesting points of note. One was Zionist pressure or propaganda and in some cases threats. President Truman stated:
“The facts were that not only were there pressure movements around the United Nations unlike anything that had been seen there before, but that the White House, too, was subjected to a constant barrage. I do not think I ever had as much pressure and propaganda aimed at the White House as I had in this instance. The persistence of a few of the extreme Zionist leaders — actuated by political motives and engaging in political threats — disturbed and annoyed me”
Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said that he received bribe offers in the millions and that his sister recieved daily threats against her life unless “she voted right”. That is definitavely “terrorism”.
Another intersting consideration is that most of Africa did not receive a vote. They were still under European colonial rule. I think the vote would have missed a 2/3 majority had the nations of Africa been able to vote.
I had to edit this post because for some reason it just omitted the last part of it, so heres what I think I wrote:
Im going to continue this post later. I often times let my post run too long and fear that I might lose the attention of some readers. So the second post is to come later tonight, maybe tomorrow.
A motion picture, or music, or television, they have to maintain a certain decorum in order to be broadcast to a vast audience. Other forms of mass media cost too much to produce a risk reaching only a limited audience. Only one person. But a book… A book is cheap to print and bind. A book is as private and consensual as sex. A book takes time and effort to consume - something that gives a reader every chance to walk away. Actually, so few people make the effort to read that it’s difficult to call books a “mass medium.” No one really gives a damn about books. No one has bothered to ban a book in decades.
I think for the first time in my life I cannot fall asleep on command and I must say, I do not like it one bit. I dont know what the hell the deal is, but Im sure it has something to do with the foot surgery and not being able to do much physical activity. Thus, I dont get tired.
Well, I have to say I dont like this. I dont WANT to be up at 3am, id rather get to bed so I can have breakfast in the morning (grapes and yogurt? excellent….), watch a sportscenter and try to go for a bike ride. What ends up happening is I sleep in until at least 1130, sometimes as late as 2 and it fucks my day up.
Though I am glad I dont have to wake up at like 5 am, Id wouldnt mind getting up at 930 or 10, but it ah fuck, who cares. I cant sleep and Im crabby about it.
Things I want to do tomorrow:
in no particular order…
1. Bike ride
2. Throw out that goddamn blue chair that has been a thorn in my side for almost 2 years now.
3. Start reading “No More Parades”. I have read one World War 1 book, “Johnny Got His Gun” and one World War 2 book, “Slaughterhouse Five” and I have to say, I liked Johnny Got His Gun better. I did enjoy Slaughterhouse Five, dont get me wrong, but I think the unexpected and sudden brutality of WW1 was more inspirational to writers. Johnny Got His Gun is an anti-war book, Ive read that it is one of THE anti-war books, on a philosophical ground, it touches so many aspects of life and gives seemingly endless reasons to avoid war altogether for the rest of time. Flash backs to sneaking out with a girl from your town, working dull jobs in some plant, everything that never meant much to you but is now forever untouchable because some guys in suits couldnt settle THEIR differences and decided that now their two theoretical “nations” with invisible boarders were now at war… and that YOU had to fight over it.
“What the hell does liberty mean anyhow? It’s just a word like house or table or any other word. Only it’s a special kind of word. A guy says house and he can point to a house to prove it. But a guy says come on let’s fight for liberty and he can’t show you liberty. He can’t prove the thing he’s talking about so how in the hell can he be telling you to fight for it?”
It is an amazing book, Im going to read it again very soon.4. Something awesome. Actually, after having spent the past 15 minutes thinking about Johnny Got His Gun, I think “Something Awesome” will be done as soon as I wake up.
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The current Republican line up for president looks more like a mid-January Cleveland Cavaliers line up.
1. Donald Trump
Donald fucking Trump. I couldn’t have created a more entertaining potential candidate in my wildest moments of imagination. I just saw today, I cant remember what poll it was, that he was in the lead of all republican candidates with like 29% of the vote. hahahahahaha. Heres the way i see it: Instead of any old republican candidate just taking orders from their corporate masters, they are just going straight to the point and nominating THE corporate master. The one thing I will give to the republicans: at least they are being honest now.
2. Mitt Romney
Its funny to watch someone argue against a policy they championed while in office. Its flat out beautiful that the policy in question has been refered to as having “laid the groundwork for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act”. So one of the only decent choices republicans might have had just happens to had done his own mini version of the hated “Obamacare”. hahahaha
3. Mike Huckabee
Obama grew up in Kenya? Fail. Obama has a different view of the Mau Mau Revolution than the British? 1a. Fail, didn’t grow up there, pretty sure he never went there. 1b. So? The fact of the matter is that people of Kenya rose up against oppressive and brutal colonialism. Good, those goddamn imperialists got what they deserved. Also ripped Natalie Portman for being pregnant while simultaneously unwed? Well, thats bullshit. Upside? Huckabee plays bass guitar. Okay…. not bad… but you still suck.
4. Newt Gingrich
3 wives? 4? no ones really sure anymore. He left one while she was in the hospital. Wow. He has explained his inability to keep a wife with something along the lines of “I was too patriotic and too dedicated to my country”. Wow. Personally, I dont care how many times you cheat on however many wives you want. But, all this from someone in the party that loves to champion “family values”?
5. Michele Bachmann
Wanted her constituents to be “armed and dangerous”. Also accused Obama of taking a 200 million dollar a day trip to Asia with 2000 people and 34 American warships in tow, like some sort of modern day Mansa Musa, though instead of giving away so much gold that he collapsed the economy, he had the economy collapsed for him by the preceding president. In response, Geoff Morrell, a Pentagon spokesman, dismissed this as “absolutely absurd this notion that somehow we were deploying 10 of the Navy - some 34 ships and an aircraft carrier - in support of the presidents trip to Asia”.
6. Sarah Palin
On the trading block: Ron Paul
Republicans want nothing to do with Ron Paul because he will call them on many of their shady doings.
So yeah… I doubt the republicans do very well in the up coming presidential elections. Its not even that I think Obama is THAT great, hes alright I guess, but I think the republicans have just exposed themselves far too much.
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