Don’t do it, sir…A Canadian plea to stay out of Syria

Readers of this space know that this Canuck is an admirer of President Obama. An easy call even if the President did not possess his many admirable qualities, given the sad state of his opposition, with knee-jerk abysmalism, and an always tried, never true policy of ‘well, shit, we’re not him’ its ragged, pathetic battle cry.… [Read more]

Syrian involvement—is it a good idea?

The first thing I want to do is list our foreign policy successes in the Middle East over the last 20 years.

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It’s time to ‘Leave Fort Apache to the Indians.’

All who serve this nation overseas do not wear uniforms. State Department Foreign Service officer Anne Smedinghoff, 25, was one of five Americans killed by a car bomb blast in Afghanistan Saturday.

She served her nation with distinction.

Not all who give their lives are trained warriors. The four U.S. soldiers who also made the ultimate sacrifice in the attack were likely well armed.… [Read more]

No More Trouble

The inimitable Bob Marley said it best: “We don’t need trouble, what we need is love.” This week’s “Say It In Song” pick feels appropriate in light of recent news about chemical weapons in Syria and threats from North Korea directed towards military bases. At least there was some talk of peace this week, even it was purely symbolic.… [Read more]

Ball of Confusion

Today’s “Say It In Song” post is an oldie but goodie from The Temptations.

“…Just a Ball of Confusion Oh yeah, that’s what the world is today…”

With uprisings, voter suppression efforts, the threat of war, racial and ethnic tensions, and a widening wealth gap between the haves and have-nots it seems “ball of confusion” is an accurate description.… [Read more]

Oh Ye Hypocrites

In an ongoing effort to bring a semblance of armistice in the region the United Nations is sponsoring a conference to establish a nuclear-free Middle East. The conference which is scheduled to take place the end of this year or beginning of 2013 in Finland is to be attended by all states in the region. All states, except for Israel of course.… [Read more]

The Colonies are Uprising

All over the world, from Morocco to Indonesia, the Muslim world is protesting and rioting in the wake of a disturbing anti-Muslim film, produced by the misguided, for who knows what reason. When you look at the problem it sounds so simple, so unbelievable to the average American: people rioting, killing and storming American embassies because someone disrespected the prophet Muhammad.… [Read more]

Dispatches From the Homefront: Good Lil’ Army Wife Speaks Out

NOTE:  Poet e.e. cummings had an alter ego, a cockroach which would bang out poems at night on cummings’ typewriter.  At the risk of being diagnosed with delusions of grandeur, I must defer this week to my own alter ego, “Good Lil’ Army Wife.”  Don’t let the name fool you. If you haven’t been a military spouse, her rants may not be your cup of tea.[Read more]

A World Without War. Is it Desirable? Is it Feasible? YES! If only we ask questions…

“In the title of my talk on a world without war, I have posed two questions: is it desirable? And, is it feasible? After the many millions of lives lost in the two World Wars of the last century, a world without war is assuredly most desirable…not only is a war-free world desirable; it is now necessary, it is essential, if humankind is to survive…humankind has acquired the technical means to destroy its own species and to accomplish this, deliberately or inadvertently, in a single action.… [Read more]

Memorial Day

May all of us remember…

.Peace to us all…[Read more]