Now that the dust has settled on the Miley flap...
I know we are all suppose to be putting away our white shoes and firing up the grill...popping a top while we relax in the protective bubble of the US Military...and ignore the writhing, burned, skin falling off dead bodies in Syria because...well...because "It isn't our business and we don't need to be involved"
Kind of like when the next door neighbour is punching his wife and kids around and we avert our eyes and turn the stereo up. Not OUR problem. And I understand even bringing it up on a holiday weekend is kind of a bummer...
And as long as I am headed off on a rant here...WTF????
President Obama is damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.
Before this afternoon's press conference...a lot of you were whining
"He is just gong to send missiles over and strike...and not even LISTEN to the American people have to say about it."
and calling him names like "Hitler" and "Dictator"
Now that he has issued a statement that this will be voted on by the Congress we ELECTED to represent us
"He is just handing off and not taking the Responsibility"
"See..he is a WIMP...go play golf...Obammy..."
(BTW...these are REAL comments left just after the Press Conference)
And I have to stop and think to myself...is this a GAME with you people????
Maybe the wonderful world of GTA has warped your little minds.
The above chart shows how convoluted the whole thing really is...how many alliances there are to be considered...how a shift in power in one area causes ripples across the entire region.
However...there is the use of Chemical Weapons to consider...and while many might sit at the backyard grills or behind a keyboard armchair warrioring or saying how this is none of our concern...should we wait until a terrorist brings this into LAX or Laguardia or a school or shopping mall?
Chemical weapons make the conventional blow-themselves-up terrorists pale in comparison.
So an across the board
"This shit isn't going to fly"
might be in order.
And, I am not even going to pretend I know what the right answer is...and I am relieved that the President did put this to a vote in Congress...which is suppose to be listening to We The People...and although I am not sure if missiles flying is the correct response...I know we (globally) have to do something...to make sure that Worldwide the chemical weapons aren't "another tool in a terrorist's belt" but continue to be globally unacceptable.
And don't even get me started about the whole Fukushima,,,ooops we are still dumping tons of radioactive waste into the ocean...our bad. Check out the cancer rates worldwide in the next five years. Okay?
So...there we are then.
If you are a praying person this might be a wonderful time to consult your particular deity. Instead of bashing and belittling and hatred...you might just ask for wisdom...and leading our World Leaders into making a sound decision to handle all of this.
If you are atheistic...or Buddhist like me...this might be the time for quiet reflection...metta...spreading your love and light. Practising compassion and making whatever difference you can make in your world.
It is all we can do.
Took advantage of the sunny 98 degree temperatures today to finish spray painting a recently bought metal ivy-trimmed three-tiered rack for my bath-towels. Drying time...minutes :) Basked a bit...and have that new layer of tanned glow. The heat index puts it at 105 degrees...but it is a dry heat today and is reminiscent of Arizona summers. Also enjoying my Kindle and a crystal goblet of sweet tea.
This week's read: A new release by Christina Baker Kline- Orphan Train.
A fictional account of a factual event occurring in the United States from 1854-1929 this story follows the lives of several of the Orphans who were transported from the East Coast to the Mid-Western States. Some to arrive greeted by loving parents and given the lives they dreamed of...others arriving to realize they were destine to a childhood of labor. Free household and field help. A wonderful mix of fact and fiction. Informative and entertaining. Well worth the read!
Be prepared to laugh...and to cry.
Have a lovely holiday weekend and remember...as Ghandi advised
"Be the CHANGE you wish to see in the World."