The World Is Falling Apart Again
Look around, you don't have to look far or long to see it.
Having a dedicated old Cold War Soviet warrior as the latest in a long line of Russian dictators doesn't bode well for the cause of freedom in the new millenium.
Having an inherited Syrian throne of power occupied by an intelligent mad man willing to obliterate whole towns indiscriminately, and world powers doing nothing concrete in the face of opposition from said Mr. Putin, doesn't suggest any good outcome I can foresee.
Having more brutal violence in the Central African Repubic as Muslims and Christians seemingly feel free to slaughter each other in the name of 'survival of the fittest" is just another evidence that mutual tolerance is so much harder to find now.
Having another young dictator-by-inheritance who apparently thinks little of executing his own uncle to preserve his control over a massive, nuclear-armed military bent on national reunification, doesn't strike me as a harbinger of benevolence, forebearance, and brotherhood.
Having expanding networks of terrorist cells which not only have no qualms about indiscriminate suicidal bombings, but even think that such suicides will give them joy in eternity (not to mention supposedly devout Shia and Sunni believers who can hate each other enough to kill with supposedly righteous abandon) doesn't strike me as having a pacifying influence in their part of the world.
Having Old fashioned global arguments over who owns which parts of the world, and foregoing over 65 years of dedication to peace in order to gear up for hostilities between traditional empires, doesn't strike me as a modern society moving fearlessly toward preservation of regional peace..
Having rules arbitrarily imposed by one nation limiting where other nation's commercial and national planes can fly, seems to me a form of aggression by another name, while raising the risk of mutual miscalculations with potentially fatal outcomes.
Having supposedly accomplished nations endlessly pouring their citizens' taxes and fees into already massive military hardware while sending military forces to one hot spot after another to contain and disrupt local disputes while making them worse before abandoning the efforts, somehow seems unwise and foolish. [Somehow an older term "Paper Tiger" comes to mind.]
Having almost everyone spying on everyone for commercial and financial advantage, not to mention hoped for strategic advantages, seems destined to put everyone on edge until some crackpot says "a plague on all of you" and does something irretrievably stupid to all of us.
Having things the way they are seems to threaten any real possibility of getting things the way they should be before it becomes time to duck and cover for real.
Someone once jokingly said that "After the next world war there will be only three survivors, one Chinese and two cockroaches" meaning there will not be any "Workers of The World" to unite, nor any capitalists to argue over who will sell the rope that hangs them.
If we ever lose our sense of humor, it may be because we take all these things seriously....as we should.. But then we will still have to wait until after The Oscars to even consider such serious matters as these. (At least the football season is over, baseball season hasn't started yet, this year's election is keeping politicians out of Washington DC fund raising, and in New York City a hamstrung United Nations' delegates are still hosting jovial receptions!)
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