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In World War II, about 1,700 American civilians
died. Does this mean more civilians should have died during World War
II in order for the American soldiers to be vindicated for the people
who they had to kill during that war? It cannot be estimated how many
civilians were killed by Americans in the carpet bombing of Germany
during World War II. Would it have been more fair to let Germany have a
go at New York and kill more civilians to make the fighting more even,
make the killing fair? Must the fighters kill the same amount of
civilians each to really be fair? Must they?
Does that kind of thinking mean America was wrong
to be fighting World War II because they killed more civilians through
the bombings? More German civilians were killed than American
In my opinion, above is the way most of American
media reported the Israel-Gaza conflict - Israel-Palestine conflict. It
was as if Israel was being unfair somehow by having the equipment, a
war machine known as the Iron Dome. Its job was to stop missiles in
mid-air, shot by Hamas exploding them before they hit the ground, most
likely killing many Israelis. The only thing saving Israel was the Iron
Dome; and for that, it really does seem to me they have been, let me
say, somehow punished for having that very piece of war equipment.
Seems to put it in plain English. Seems some thought Israel should have
had more civilians killed. You know, to make the war fair. Question.
When has war ever been fair? War is like two beasts fighting to the
death. War is never fair to civilians, which is a sorrow and a pity.
Nadine Hood Overstreet
Americans can rest a bit easier for the next few
weeks while Congress. Hopefully, they won't do any more damage while
they vacation. Or, as Will Rogers said, "This country has come to
feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of
America and the rest of the world are facing an
increasing number of major crises, and Washington has assumed a
reactionary strategy in light of mid-term elections. Polls and politics
are driving Washington's ever-changing reactions to conflicts at home
Charley Reese, retired columnist with the Orlando
Sentinel, penned these words first in 1985, and then subsequently a few
times more over the next two decades with minor changes:
"Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems
and then campaign against them. Have you ever wondered why, if both the
Democrats and Republicans are against deficits, we have deficits? Have
you ever wondered why if all politicians are against inflation and high
taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?"
Reese contended our problems are due "100
percent" to 545 people in Washington who not only created our
problems, but also continually exacerbate them with more laws,
regulations, policies, and bureaucracies. Those 545 people are 435
members of the U.S. House, 100 senators, nine justices on the Supreme
Court, and one president.
President Obama and his administration have
created more crises and scandals than any of his predecessors, all of
which President Obama has either dismissed as phony or not his fault.
Yet, he has remained true to Rahm Emmanuel's stratagem: "You never
let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it's an
opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."
And so, Washington, led by President Obama, who
prefers to lead from behind, continues to dig deeper holes in the
economy, environment, education, and foreign affairs, et al. The 545
have all played more than enough political games that have weakened
America and destabilized the world's balance of power to the verge of
apocalypse. President Obama continues to insist we're living in the
21st Century now and the modern world solves problems through dialogue
and diplomacy, not through military confrontations. Nevertheless, the
rest of the world is being brutalized by military actions, wars and
rumors of wars.
Supporters of President Obama and political elite
establishment representatives in both parties reject any criticism of
our "leaders" in Washington usually retorting, "Well,
what would you do? What's your solution?" And, when critics offer
solutions, their offers are rejected out of hand, and they're vilified
as extremists who refuse to compromise with those who are trying to get
If American voters don't begin to oust
establishment politicians of both parties in Washington, and elect
representatives who will make real changes like reducing the size and
scope of the federal government, eliminating annual deficits and
reducing the debt, restructuring the tax code to engender a positive
environment for businesses to grow, and spreading out the tax burden
from 47 percent of us to at least 80 percent if not 100 percent of
us...I fear America will experience a catastrophic economic implosion
from our own self-imposed indulgencies.
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