A Chat about Destiny
Well, if you haven't noticed, the President-Elect did not take my advice about whom to hire for his key support positions. I still can't get around his consideration to retain Gates as Secretary of Defense, but that's certainly an indication that he is not considering Dennis Kucinich for that position. Perhaps, if he is truly Miracle Man, he will create a Department of Peace and appoint Kucinich to head that. Dream on.
Having noted in my last blog that Obama would be treading slop in this cesspool of an international scenario, I will expand the imagery back to antiquity, when the famous Greek philosopher Empedokles, in an effort to prove his divinity, which he advertised wherever he went, jumped into Mt. Aetna, that fuming volcano. Nobody ever heard of him again; however, one of his sandals remained at the point from which he jumped. Obama is diving into such a volcano, but if more than a shoe survives, we can relax. Yes, he could, we will affirm.
My central plea this time around, with what little I know about running the world's most powerful nation, is that countless additional lives not be sacrificed to Osama bin Laden. We laud ourselves about having advanced beyond our distant forbears, but I guarantee that the rite of human sacrifice is alive and well.
Because once that leader is slain by the Enemy, a quantity of wrath will be aroused the likes of which is unfathomable.
There is the infamous #2 guy, Ayman al Zaqiri, who's been at it for years, to rise up as the next Bastion of Evil.
Consider also that there are al Qaeda cells all over the world. Together they could kindle an unprecedented wildfire.
As I surfed the Web for thoughts this morning, I read that al Qaeda wanted McCain to win the recent election, "because of his stupidity and his policies"; last time around, however, Kerry was the favorite because he was soft on war.
Evolve so that a strongly liberal Democratic candidate for president won't shun an entire religious group because of the 9/11 association. Even though his father was a Muslim. Of course he couldn't emphasize that in the present climate. And McCain, that savant, referred recently to Pakistan as bordering on Iraq. And he's been to both places.
We have heard nothing that I know of about Sarah Palin since that interview last week of her in her kitchen, making dinner. Maybe pardoning a turkey yesterday--an omen of all the turkeys Bush plans to pardon before his term is completed?
And who am I to ask how a quagmire like the one on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan can be resolved?
I resorted to what theory I know and recalled that in the 80s the US was allied with both bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, gifting both with weaponry, and in the 90s there was a flirtation with the Taliban that was quickly broken off, but not before we had endowed them with arms also.
Question is, is there some sort of crisis or enemy that would envelope interests such disparate societies might share? What sort of monster might that be? Invasion by resuscitated dinosaurs and wooly mammoths? Russia seeking to become a superpower, a USSR again? That worked back in the 80s, with wide-reaching consequences, the end of a cold war that had existed all of my life up to then. Stranger things have happened.
Which enemy is more threatening--the present one or USSR redux?
I'm sure that experts have better ideas.
It occurs to me also that we share other basic traits with the Enemy: we all love our children and food. We both value family. As far as the humans they are willing to sacrifice, the numbers pale compared to the military we've lost in Iraq alone.
Outrageous thing to say, I know.
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