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Sunday, August 3, 2014
LET THESE DIE THAT GENERATIONS MIGHT LIVE
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, I had intended to take a break from the world-saving rhetoric by waxing poetic about a very special place I’m considering as a new home come next spring or summer. It looks like that will need to wait until next week though. Some of you have asked what I really think it will take to bring peace to Gaza.
I think it will take a major shift in attitude on the part of those who bear witness. The Hamas ~ in its strategy ~ is an echo of the Irgun. As dedicated to the creation of a nation for its people as the Israelis were to theirs, their tactics are at least as pragmatic. Their philosophy is as simple and hardly historically unprecedented. Their “human shields” die so that generations might live.
The irony here is rich. The war for Israeli independence was fought by teenagers because there were not enough adult Holocaust survivors or Sabras to do the job alone. Jewish “kids” and young adults from all over the world journeyed to Ysroel prepared to die for a land they had never seen and a dream that has eluded them since the Diaspora.
If any nation on the face of this earth should understand the passion for a homeland and all that such passion embraces, it is Israel. Hamas does not want peace. It wants victory at any cost. I doubt, however, that Hamas speaks for all it claims to represent. It is hard to argue with someone who also holds a gun or a bayonet, regardless of the uniform they wear or the doctrine they espouse.
I remember the surgical precision of Entebbe and more recently, the drone strikes in the War on Terrorism. The killing of civilians and Hamas soldiers will not stop the killing. Taking out the ones who order the killing will. Let THESE die that generations might live.
Since I was asked.
Thanks for the ear, gang. Have a great week, eh?
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This week marks the American atomic bombing of two cities in Japan in order to end the War in the Pacific. It is worth noting that not since then has any nation exercised this option. I am glad because here is what it is like to be Ground Zero. When time stood still – a Hiroshima survivor’s story
In view of the spate of aerial disasters lately, this seems a fair question to ask. Which is the most deadly airline to fly with?
AUSTRALIA & OCEANA
WAR ON TERROR
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For the first time in 15 years, Canadian crime rates have not risen. For a list of the Dominion’s safest cities, yuppers, please go here. See also: Canada’s Most And Least Safe Cities
I guess if we really need to be good at something, this is as good as anything, right? Uh Huh. Canada Sets Oyster-Shucking Record
FROM YOU GUYS
We didn’t realize it, but our college buddy, the outdoor writer and political commentator Meade Fischer, has been creatively busy on YouTube. If you like a little satire and humour with an edge, you’ll totally love these. Meade Fischer on YouTube.
She’s Canadian. He’s American. Here’s what we look like from a puma’s perspective.
Sam: Felina, you’ve either been up way too late or that insomniac rooster down in the valley is up before the bats and the owls punch out.
Felina: Good morning, mate of my three lifetimes and I am sorry if I awakened you.
Sam: Sweetheart, in the 175 years or so all told you and me have been hangin’ out together connubially, it’s not really sleep for me when you’re not there with me.
Felina: Oh Samuel, that is so sweet. And I know, Dear.
Sam: You’ve been watching what’s been going on beyond the valley, haven’t you, Lass?
Felina: Yes. There are cats in Gaza too.
Sam: Except it’s not the cats in Gaza you’re studying on.
Felina: It is not the cats in Gaza who are fighting.
Sam: No, Sweetheart. But your other favorite species is.
Felina: They are killing themselves over a piece of hot, arid, parched land less than a tenth our hunting range and about the size of the American state of New Jersey.
Sam: Aye, Felina, they are. And they have been doing it for a very, very, very long time. Doesn’t that suggest something to you?
Felina: Be careful, Samuel. I am Canadian. I am not stupid.
Sam: Sweetheart, I know that. But it’s also not going to help if you get so angry you can’t tell friend from foe either. Roughly translated, oh sun and moon of my life, I’m one of the good guys. So you might try backing off the hammer just a little.
Felina: Samuel, I just wonder sometimes if at the root of all this violence is not something so primal that it is beyond human solution.
Sam: When any species has been so up against it that the only time they are not afraid is when they are killing one another. Like the human soldier so terror-stricken so often that whenever he is afraid, he reaches for a weapon.
Felina: Yes. Thank you.
Sam: Not a problem. But if that is true, Sweetheart, then watching it happen is not going to do any good either. Let their own kind bear witness to this opera of slaughter and mayhem. Not all dogs go to Heaven and not all species survive. And the one sweet note in all that cacophony is that while they are busy annihilating each other, they are too busy to murder us.
Felina: I could not have expressed it better myself, mate mine.
Sam: Sure you could have, Lass. I just got there first. And on that note, then, Felina?
Felina: On that note, Gentle Readers, until next week, then, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.
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It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.
This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.
Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
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It kind of surprised me that people eat these things but apparently the practice needs to stop. Pangolins are being eaten into extinction
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Thank you very much. Until next week, then, take care, stay well and Godspeed. Rusty