HISTORY IS ALSO SOMETIMES ABOUT UNDERSTANDING
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Well, it was not a good week for tolerance in America. Charlottesville is a symbol of this nation’s attempt to decide what to remember and what to forget. It was Skokie, Illinois for black Americans. I wish, however, that the subject of the statue could have been judged on his own merits. Despite leading the army of a nation which practiced slavery and was defeated and restored to the Union, Robert E. Lee was a great American who contributed perhaps more in peace than he ever did in war. Sometimes history is not about choosing what to love and what to hate. Sometimes history is about understanding.
It was not a good week, either, for Donald Trump’s approval rating, which sank to 36%. I did some research and in the last 37 years, two Democratic and two Republican presidents have received lower marks. Yep, check that out here.
North Korea has apparently decided to test American’s gunboat diplomacy by targeting the waters off Guam, a West Pacific island of some 160,000, seven thousand of whom are American military personnel.
The 210 sq mi (544 km²) island was settled 4,000 years ago and then colonized by, successively, the Spanish, the Americans, the Japanese and then the Americans, who own it now. It is about 2,000 miles/3218 km from North Korea.
The Pentagon has said that the US can shoot those missiles down. One Guamanian interviewed on National Public Radio was philosophical about it. Citing her land’s colonial history, she said she and her neighbors refuse to get upset by things they can do nothing about. Apparently many of them are turning a deaf ear to the saber rattling.
I hope all those impacted do not turn one to diplomacy. There is very little margin for error in this kind of brinksmanship and wars have been started with far less provocation.
On that note, then, gang, have a great week and thanks for the ear.
FROM THE SHORES OF THE AZOV SEA
Hi Rusty from the shores of the most gentle and warm sea of Ukraine, the Azov Sea:
Whatever time of day or night, the water greets with its pleasant temperature. It is a real treasure for Ukraine to have this little, locked in land and so very obedient little sea.
Another addition is a medical clays of the neighboring on Arabat Arrow. Which is also a so-called “salt lake.” A favorite recreation site, it is a fun place for kids especially to get dirty, when at last they are allowed to do so. Smiling.
Several kilometers away, the Crimean Peninsula seems quiet. Lots of seagulls remind me of the famous American novel by Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Be good and stay safe, my cousin. Olya
Olya Bereza, who was born in the Soviet Union, now lives in Ukraine and is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. She is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments on this please go here.
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