As a kid I used to daydream about being struck by lightening. After recovery, I noticed lumps beginning to grow just below each arm. Shortly thereafter, I had a second set of arms. I was a boy with four arms, equal in strength and dexterity. It gave me the advantage to protect and defend. With my added strength, I could be the hero in every situation, defending the weak and strongly defending any just cause.
I did not get hit by lightening nor grow four arms, but my desire to be the hero and defend the weak and any just cause did grow deep within me. There have been a few times that I have faced insurmountable odds to defend or protect. There are times now, where I face agreat deal of frustration and angst because those that need defending and all those just causes are not so clear anymore.
Any policeman can tell you stories of rescuing a damsel in distress in a domestic disturbance call only to be attacked by her when the cuffs are put on the male householder. It's the worst kind of call to respond to.
The Downing Street memos put forth what many of us believed all along. Bush and Blair fabricated excuses to invade Iraq.
U.S. aircraft patrolling the southern no-fly zone were dropping a lot more bombs in the hope of provoking a reaction that would give the allies an excuse to carry out a full-scale bombing campaign, an air war, the first stage of the conflict.
British government figures for the number of bombs dropped on southern Iraq in 2002 show that although virtually none were used in March and April, an average of 10 tons a month were dropped between May and August.
But these initial 'spikes of activity' didn't have the desired effect. The Iraqis didn't retaliate. They didn't provide the excuse Bush and Blair needed. So at the end of August, the allies dramatically intensified the bombing into what was effectively the initial air war.
The number of bombs dropped on southern Iraq by allied aircraft shot up to 54.6 tons in September alone, with the increased rates continuing into 2003. (Michael Smith, Sunday Times of London.)
I saw a bumper sticker recently that said, "I love my Country. I fear my Government".
For me, it's neither left nor right, male or female. AND ...I don't like it. Black and white does make life so much more easy to handle. The grey areas suck.
Makes me think of John Lennon's hiatus; I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round I really love to watch them roll No longer riding on the merry-go-round I just had to let it go.............


Rowan said…
curious, what got you thinking of this today? Someone needing help right now?
Tim said…
Well, Rowan. I guess it's just my way of trying to come to terms with what's going on in the world today.
Politics and the war in Iraq is a hot topic right now. People often hold fast to their ideologies in hard times as a means to security. Even if it leads to death and destruction. I am caught between silence and being socially engaged in my opposition to us being there.