AMID THE NOISE
and haste …
and waste; amid the cat-calls, whistles, shrieked demands and screeches for ‘vengeance’.
We now all now where it is. We also now know all about the Russian president and how his personal lust for power and dominance is driving the good guys (us, dammit) towards yet another unwanted war—to contain the ravening Russian bear, etc etc etc. To arms! To arms! To arms then, send in the gunboats. A bayonet up the butt solves any problem … they won’t like it up ’em, when we send in The Marines~!!!
whatever you do, don’t—not at any behest—don’t~!
- Don’t look at ancient history
- Don’t look at recent history
- Don’t … think …
THEN, ON THE DAWN
of destruction I come across a blog with that ‘wee small voice of conscience’. Good heavens, another idiot out there … I unashamedly quote:
President George H. W. Bush promised Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that – if the Soviets broke up the Soviet Union and dissolved the Warsaw Pact – then NATO would not move into those former Soviet countries. This assured the Soviets that NATO would not encircle Russia. But Bill Clinton broke America’s promise, and the U.S. has pursued a campaign of encircling Russia ever since.
Jimmy Carter’s highly-influential National Security Adviser – the architect of the plan to arm the Mujahadin and lure Russia into Afghanistan, later Bill Clinton’s special emissary to Azerbaijan and Barack Obama’s foreign affairs adviser, who was instrumental in moving NATO into the Warsaw Pact nations – argued in 1997 that Russia should not be allowed to regain control of Ukraine.
Ukraine is crisscrossed with natural gas pipelines (and much of the world’s geopolitics is actually driven by natural gas) …
THERE ARE SEVERAL SIDES TO ANY ISSUE
and I dare say we are given—no, force-fed—only one of them. Be that as it may, let’s change the subject.
A HUNDRED YEARS AGO
Nothing changed. Young men (thank heavens for Women’s Lib*) flocked to The Colours (SFX: a loud patriotic bugle ‘Ta-DAAAAH! right here please. Give it oomph!) which was awfully sweet and fitting of them. To help the recalcitrant a few chickens were plucked on their behalf, so all was indeed Dulce et Decorum in red-neck neighbourhoods.
AND TO NOT DIGRESS
I was testing my camera at sunset last night and thought that this a nice effect—
—though what possible relevance it could have to the topic eludes me. Perhaps the Christians among us might take some comfort or joy from it …
* Women have fought for the right to go fight, so now any good parents can churn out cannon fodder equally and no longer be ashamed of having only daughters. You too can earn a window full of Gold Stars and Purple Hearts—just set aside those blasted BC pills and rubbery things. Good luck!