Things That Go Bump In The Night

There’s war in Africa, there’s strife in Iran, what nature cannot do to us, will be done by our fellow man.  So many years ago I heard the Kingston trio sing a joyful little ditty called the Merry Minuet and the world news brings to mind that playful tune to remind me that not much has changed over the years.  It was really an anti-nuke protest of the late fifties, early sixties, long before the combines semaphore symbols for Nuclear Disarmament had been hi-jacked by the peace-nik crowd.  The ND crowd really didn’t have a clue and I don’t think they wanted one even if you bought it for them.  Putting the genie back in the bottle is always a futile task.  Of course all the responsible progressives have argued that we should really set our goals on non proliferation treaties and mutually assured destruction packs.  Not the brightest of solutions, I’ll grant you.  Of course the problem is that once armed aggression or war becomes killing at a distance, once it loses that up front and personal closeness, then the remoteness of death and destruction removes that fear of active participation.  Sort of the idea that the generals and heads of state should lead the charge at the front lines.  War should not be conducted from so sterile a condition that death and misery rarely touch us.  Our instinct to seek the safety of insulation from harm is what ultimately works against our being safe.  This remoteness from death and harm renders us impervious to good judgment concerning others.  We tend toward a self centeredness.  And so we create more problems due to our callousness.

If Obama and his cabinet had to lead the charge against Assad and his government would he be quite so anxious for regime change?  I believe that Busy, Cheney, and Rumsfeld were right about Saddam needing to go as leader of Iraq.  Where they failed was in not understanding that a bad government needs to be replaced with a good one.  They also failed to understand the Kurdish problem and relying on Turkish bases for support meant that the Kurds must be suppressed.  The Turks have carried on a modified extermination of Kurdish nationalism through a number of policies which include bans on the various Kurdish language and dialects, banning the traditional Kurdish costumes, and many other acts or repression.  One can go back to Bush senior and discover that no one bothered to think through these problems.  And before that, well, the list goes on through our own history and includes Woodrow Wilson.  But what else is new?  Being human we are inclined to always take the easy way out.  You want regime change?  Let George do it, george being the groups who will do the dirty work for a hefty price and then stab you in the back.  We never learn.  One can imagine what might have been the course of American history has some nice government such as ours had given arms and money to the thirteen colonies to conduct a regime change against the British.  Human nature being what it is, we are lucky to have gotten this far.

So now in addition to the refugee and migrant problems from North Africa facing Europe (weren’t we the ones who backed the uprisings by our sworn enemies from Iraq and now we used them to take on Kadafi’s regime) when we so innocently played the “Everyone must have a Democracy” card.  Well, first one has to know what a democracy is and how it operates.  It’s really mob rule, whoever had the biggest mob rules.  Yeah, like the Roaring Twenties and chicago, New York, and other large cities with their various criminal mobs fighting for control of the cities.  Yeah, that was a kind of democracy.  There I go again, being politically incorrect.  My god, what was it that George Washington warned us about?  Beware foreign entanglements.  When will we learn to keep our political policies to ourselves?  So now europe is set to be overrun with not just a few thousand refugees but millions of migrants, people who see that there is grass on the other side of the fence (they no longer have any due to overpopulation and bad agricultural practices and diminished water supplies) and want it, feel they are entitled to their share of happiness at the expense of others.  Liberal progressives, who have carried on the various regime change policies now demand that we do the right thing and take these people in.  I suppose that there is a certain morality to such sentiment. If one causes harm to another one pays the price.  But most of the migrants can’t make that case.  Our analogy, imperfect as it may be, is that if one considers the various geographical areas as lifeboats full of local populations, then when one lifeboat starts to sink due to defective workmanship and materials, and that population wants to move to another lifeboat, then that second lifeboat is threatened with swamping all of the now two different populations.

The continent of Africa has an estimated population of 900 million inhabitants.  Most of the migration is for economic reasons rather than political or religious.  I mention religious since the dominant aggressive political and military forces is Islamic.  Embrace Islam or die is not just another slogan, it is a reality in a great many regions and areas.  Islam swept out of the Arabian Peninsula during the seventh century and conquered (because it was the dominant political group) its way to the west of north Africa and into the Iberian peninsula and along the southern coast of France.  To the east it sent it legions through Persia and on to India and into the southeast asian islands, including the southern islands of the Philippines.  Currently, the “legions” of the “true faith” are forcing conversion as far south as South Africa.  As the Aztecs might have said when Cortez landed, “Well, there goes the neighborhood.”  Europe has very little religious worship left amongst its populations.  The French village where I spend three months out of each year has an old catholic church but it is seldom used except for funerals and the occasional wedding.  In fact, most of the catholic churches are closed and if one wants to attend mass one usually has to travel thirty or forty kilometers on a Sunday.  The Protestant churches aren’t doing much better.  Socialism or the free-shit-society seems to be the main belief in common use in Europe.  We have enjoyed that conversion to that religion here in America as well.

You see, politics and religion tend to be entwined.  Both require a belief system and when the two can be generally combined, then we can be sure that god is on our side of the gun, the trigger side.  Everyone else is on the barrel side, the one the bullet comes out.  And like all religions, Islam has its two competing sides, the shia and the sunni.  And just like good catholics and good protestants, both hate each other.  Now we are going to give tacit approval to Iran to engage in future depopulation of the world, cleanse us of some of the undesirables that currently inhabit the earth.  We’d do it ourselves but we lost the nerve over a  century ago.  Now days the only good politician is a dead one, be he/she republican or democrat, depending on you political faith.  Religion has always suffered from that back-to-the-stone-age unquestionable authority versus that pull toward progressive non belief fascism unquestionable authority.  If one is lucky you live somewhere between those times.  I doubt that Spain was a fun place to work, live, and raise a family during the sixteenth through the seventeenth centuries.  Mankind won’t become extinct through climate change, it will commit suicide by its own hand through politics and religion.

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