Synopsis of Absurdity
As I write this blog post, I have neither joy nor happiness in my heart. I sit and watch the rain fall over the Gulf of Mexico and at times, the gulf disappears totally as the heavy clouds release their moderate downpours. I wish my heart could open up and drop my affliction.
It is not a disease or sickness that is troubling me currently. It is something that I cannot receive treatment for nor can I cure with a prescription……….it goes much deeper than that and as the days go by, the symptoms become worse and I know it will ultimately cause death. So you may ask “Is it cancer, HIV, heart ailment, etc.?” I answer “No, it is none of those maladies.”
The United States of America Will Soon Wage War on Syria
Medicine and technology have cured many of the legacy illnesses of the past. Patients can now have something “cut off or cut out” or undergo a series of procedures that, with various advanced pharmaceuticals, often provides a treatment catholicon and cure. I ask you friend, “How do you “cut out or off” that which is a part of you………of which you have no control?”
What Does A Cause “Cost”?
I am an American. I love my country and I am deeply patriotic. I have travelled around the world (except Australia) and while there are beautiful places and beautiful people around our globe, it is always such a joy for me to arrive in the USA. My country is not perfect; none truly are or will ever be but I love my country. I believe it is for this reason that my heart is so heavy.
It truly worries me, and always has, that my country is acting as the “worldwide police”. We are a country of intelligent, rational and determined individuals however, there are times when the “cooler heads should prevail”; and I feel that this is one of those times. It is not my responsibility, nor the duty of my country, to hurry into yet another war. Civil conflicts must be worked out by those “insiders” involved and the “outsiders” have absolutely no business attempting to impose their ‘will’ upon those who are genuinely involved in the conflict.
The American people have endured over a decade of war in a region that did not need; did not want the USA there to begin with. The lies of the Bush administration painted a clear “enemy” for Americans to hate in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. My country bought the pack of lies and Bush’s claims of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WDM) that “could be used against the US or our allies (Israel) in the region”. The WMD claims turned out to be lies and meanwhile, the US is still bogged down in a conflict that Russia gave up on and ceased to occupy after a decade of shame.
Oh, by the way, war has its costs; monetary and human costs. The US quantifies the human attrition in very “matter of fact” Personnel Injured or Killed Charts produced by the US Department of Defense. The numbers; well the numbers speak for themselves regarding a conflict that has not and will not (certainly anytime soon) be brought to a close.
What Is A Cause “Worth”?
“We will not rest until terrorist groups of global reach have been found, have been stopped, and have been defeated.”
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH NOVEMBER 6, 2001
An objective is what defines the scope of a project, operation, mission, etc. Without a clear objective, no one knows when the work is complete and when the workers can go home (a little construction analogy). Ok, a quick question for everyone reading this blog…….please answer this:
What was / is the objective for the “War on Terror”?
The costs of war and conflict for humanity is very high. The US knows because we have paid and will continue to pay in the coming decades. I do not believe the costs were justified for Russia in Afghanistan, the USA in Iraq / Afghanistan or the US involvement in Syria. Every conflict event the US has been involved in since World War II has only cost lives and a huge amount of money; money that could be spent on things the USA really needs like education, medical insurance coverage, immigration reform………..need I go on?
Sons of Gynarchy
Some members of our government actually “think and speak” with reason and sanity. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) has asked that Congress and Washington as a whole meet to discuss, debate and choose a prudent course of action.
She is simply asking for some time (which we have) in order to discuss such an important matter; together as one unified government. This seems to be the sense of reason and voice in the wilderness…………she only asks that “cooler heads should prevail” and I totally agree with her; I do not agree that this issue is any of our business in the first place however, I believe such conversations, backed with evidence, might change the minds of those who are blindly leading the battle cry.
Only time will tell but either way, history will record this decision as pivotal. I sincerely hope the “cooler heads prevail” and things can be peacefully resolved. If not, in the near future, innocent people will lose their homes, neighbors, friends, family members and even their lives and for that I feel a dismal sadness.
As I write this blog post, I have neither joy nor happiness in my heart. I sit and watch the rain fall over the Gulf of Mexico and at times, the gulf disappears totally as tears fill my eyes and run down my cheeks for what I know tomorrow brings.
I dedicate this post to the men, women and children of Syria and the US who will suffer loss in the near future.