The Tubes of Time
I just received an e mail from SB, wondering if Mars would be as big as the Moon.
(to our eyes)
It will not.
Lamont wins over Lieberman and Buzzflash claims that "sanity has triumphed".
It has not.
Pat Buchanan says, "In the ideology of "democratic fundamentalism" to which George W. Bush converted after 9-11, we are simply in a rough patch on the glory road to a democratic Middle East and "the end of tyranny on this earth."
In reality, our situation has never been more grim."
No wonder that Jimmy Carter, perhaps our most humane of presidents, speaks of Breaking the Cycle of Violence.
Natylie Baldwin writes in the Peace Journal that
"As an unusually long and sweltering heat wave enveloped the traditionally mild San Francisco Bay Area, power outages knocked out air conditioning, and gas prices under $3.00 a gallon seemed like leisure suits or vinyl LPs, relics of a long forgotten era, those who have been warning of the consequences of global warming and the eventual decline of a fossil fuel-based life felt an awkward sense of vindication. "
But I do not.
Amy Goodwin interviews Richard Debs, who is also the Chairman Emeritus at the American University of Beirut, who talks about the role that Syria, Iran, and the US media play in the crisis, and his view that "democracy has become a code word--and not a good codeword--in the Middle East."
Debs says "But more than that, I think America itself is wounding itself in such a way that it's going to take us decades to recover from what we've done here."
But we will not.
As Napolean said, we cannot regain lost time.
"ASK ME for anything," said Napoleon to his lieutenant. "Anything but time."
With those three words, Napoleon was referring to the binding agent of operational military art, the concept of "Time, Space, and Force." What Napoleon was saying to his subordinate was that in the context of war, there are always setbacks. Terrain, for example, is sometimes captured and lost to the enemy, but lost terrain can be regained. And forces are lost in combat but can be rebuilt and reconstituted from the strategic reserve.
But lost time? Once it has passed, time is lost forever.
You will never see it again, and no general, however great, can win it back. "
And we will not.
Meanwhile our most recent President moves to fight the real fights against climate change and resource depletion through a global union of cities.
"The Clinton Climate Initiative -- which will create an international consortium to bargain for cheaper energy-efficient products and share ideas on cutting greenhouse gas pollution -- includes Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York as well as Cairo, Delhi, London and Mexico City.
While the group is not setting specific targets for reducing emissions, Clinton said he is confident the effort will both cut pollution and create jobs in the cities that contribute most to higher temperatures."
As the leadership of the last century shows us the way to deal with our real problems, the catastrophic misleadership of this century continues with its black light magic show of terrorism and moral virtue. They promise to maintain our freedom, our democracy, and our security.
But they will not.
So Where are We?
We are in the tubes my friends.
Deep in the Tubes of Time.
Hold on, and be thoughtful
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