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Greater Middle East

Greater Middle East (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isn’t it interesting how the political beast we feed bites us?

If we were to feed so altruistically and steadily an animal from the wild, they would certainly come to expect us to feed them, and  would probably become dependent on us for the food, but would be far less likely to bite us, as long as we were providing the handouts.

However, on the political front, it frequently turns out that the beast we feed turns and rends us for our troubles.  This isn’t even a new phenomenon.  It’s quite old in the repeating patterns of ask, take, demand, take, and then the taker finally destroys the giver.

Perhaps the taker sees the giver as weak, because they are willing to give.  Or when the demands for more sustenance exceed the ability of the giver to provide, the taker, having gotten fat on what they had been provided, and having weakened the giver by having taken so much, sees an opportunity to take the rest, and damn the future.

Whatever the reason, the patterns are there.  As recently as World War I there were angry plotters, who, having been fed and taken as much as could be given, thought to send a further message of revolt to those they felt should stand with them, and shot and killed the son of The Archduke of Ferdinand, thus starting the chain of events that led to WWI.

The son of The Archduke had been one to try always to help those less fortunate.  How ironic that he should be the one targeted.  Or perhaps it was because he had been to the areas where the help was needed, that he was recognizeable to the plotters of his eventual death.  They cared nothing for his altruism, his heart, his intents. Only that he was a political target that would gain them notoriety.

Here we are again, watching the same type of behavior.  President Obama, having held out the hand of friendship and sent financial aid to those who asked, is now seeing his hand come back a bloody stump, the image of one of his Ambassadors, having been beaten and killed, being dragged through their streets, stamped indelibly in the hearts and minds of all of his constituents.  And to make it worse, the Ambassador was one to always want to help those in whose county he resided.

What to do, what to do?  Their betrayal must sting mightily.  It certainly does to the Ambassadors family.

And thus we see that the old English saying about Not paying the Dane geld is still relevant today.  Not the Danes who are asking and demanding now, but the Middle East, and Near Asia, and Africa who constantly tell us to go away and yet demand that we send them aid at the same time.  According to them, we owe them because we have been “Stealing” their oil.

This stealing is defined as, we don’t pay them enough for the oil we take out of their ground.  Our (foreign) companies provided the equipment and the expertise, and their people benefit by enjoying the economic benefit of the increased infrastructure, which the companies built, and the increased income from the purchase of the oil fields, and the increased income from the pay given to the workers; all of which has made it possible for the unhappy wretches to arm themselves and turn and rend their benefactors.

Never mind that it is their own government peoples who have made policies that restrict the proper development of their people.  Never mind that it is their people who have been corrupt and deceitful and withheld that which would have most benefited others around them.  No, They must always see the foreign element as the real reason for their dissatisfaction with life.  And that foreign element just happens all too frequently to be the U.S.A.

Why?  Because we’re bigger and appear to be strong enough to take the hit and keep on giving; and mostly because it redirects the energy of the base of people they want to control away from their own evil activities, and toward those who are two far away to be able to effect the political climate.

We can inject some cash into an economy, but ultimately, we can’t decide it’s course.  It might be wise to observe another old maxim here.  By their acts ye shall know them.  Perhaps, if we stood back a bit, and observed the overall history of the region,  going back several centuries, we might get a clue as to why we shouldn’t bother with them.  They have a long standing tradition of  destroying that which they have been given charge of.  Perhaps, it isn’t just an individual problem, but one of culture and heritage.

The choices now are fewer.  We can bring everyone home and Hope that they stay on their side of the pond (that didn’t work before) or we can take a more assertive stance and demand concessions for the aid and the commerce they get.  We can back these demands up by building new oil refineries here, by opening up the availability of oil fields here, by increasing our own output of fossil fuels and other fuel sources here.  We can let them know that we do not need them.

Will they still want to dance?

Let’s see how the chips fall out then.

 

 

 

Colorado River Abstract

 

Before I get started I would like to express my most sincere regards and condolences to the survivors of the recent Colorado Theater Massacre, and to the families of the deceased.  How horrible for you all.   How horrible for us all, for we are your neighbors and friends, and compatriots.  Your loss may not affect us as deeply as it does you, but your loss affects us too.  We are moved at your sorrows.

In the midst of all this sorrow, we see again a renewed push to remove our right to bear arms; for this is what has been blamed for the atrocity that was just perpetuated.  It seems as if those who would dis-arm us all, remove from us the ability to protect ourselves, sit and wait for just such actions as this madman has conducted, to pounce and blame and point fingers at the weapon used, and not at the attitude of the man behind them.

If we let this illogic stand, then once this weapon has been removed from the scene the next time someone concocts some mass murder with some other device, perhaps instead of going after the device, the government would go after those who have the same type of education, or the same IQ, or the same type of job as the murderer.  You could, after all, argue Just as effectively and illogically that the person who commits this crime does so because they have been taught how, or because they have the requisite amount of intelligence to pull it off, or because they are unhappy in that particular line of work.

It is not the availability of weapons that cause people to kill.  It is their attitude,  their lack of empathy for their fellow human beings, or their disregard for the well-being of others that allows them to commit murder.  Their enormous egos and a distinct lack of compassion.  It is selfishness that is at the root.  Not guns.

How, dear government, are you going to legislate that out of people?

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