November 11, 2004
Unless you live in a cave (actually even Osama has probably heard by now) Yassir Arafat is dead. And while normal folks around the world maybe sighing in relief I'd like everyone to stop and think for a minute...Why did every world leader for the past 15 years continue to at least pay lip-service to a madman? The answer seems very clear...While he may not have been the most peaceful man in the mid-east he did keep many of the most violent in check. Why didn't the Isreali's take him out years ago? For the same reason that Gotti was the last Don the Feds took out in New York...Arafat had put himself in charge of an entire movement. Every two bit terrorist either looked up to him or feared him. So be prepared for exactly what the brightest leaders of countries around the world always knew...Without Arafat, all out war will ensue...and not just between Isreal and Terrorist but within the terrorist ranks. Beruit revisited. Colin Powell and the White House need to keep Isreal from invading Gaza and the West Bank once the violence begins. It was a similar invasion in 1982 that started a new round of trouble that still burns today. With the current situation...U.S. Troops bogged down in Iraq and most of the NATO allies reluctant to go into the region...any full scale invasion of the west bank (and God forbid bordering areas of Syria, Lebenon, Jordan, or Egypt) could spark the one thing that we've all always feared WWIII in the mid-east. With a little patience and good diplomancy Powell could appear at Arafat's funeral and work with Sharon and former PM Mahmoud Abbas to consolidate power and bring the peace that Arafat walked away from years ago. Support Abbas (a moderate) and help him bring control to Gaza and the West Bank and we may just see what even Clinton couldn't accomplish...Peace. We'll still have to fight Jihadist that advocate the destruction of Isreal but their support throughout the muslim world would be seriously undermined by a true Palestinian state that makes peace with Isreal and begins a healing process that is long overdo...Of cousre that's just my opinion...I could be wrong...
November 10, 2004
I not sure what scares me more...massive numbers of votes may have been lost...or that Keith Olbermann is the only national figure in a "liberal media" that's talking about?
I'm not so sure that we've come all that far. I'm in the process of reading "John Adams" by David McCullough and I've got to say that many of the same issues we face today have been faced by the our Nation time and again since its inception. Morality, reason, and direction of the country are things that were debated and revisited over and over again by the both the first and second Continental Congress. On just about every issue future President Adams would speak at length. While I'll spare you the quotes I sill say that I firmly believe the days of true statesmen maybe gone. Just reading the thoughts and phrases used by Adams speaks to a great sense of hope and urgency that you rarely hear from today's politicians. In fact, most of his greatest speeches were completely off-the-cuff. No focus groups, no vetting, no nuanced pre-tested ten word lines. Only his heart, mind, and an honest gut check. While Bush gave a rousing speech at the RNC and Kerry stood tall at the Debates neither of them really inspiried me. In fact the only speech I've seen in the last 4 years that made me focus, cry, laugh, move to action, or feel any real emotion at all have been made by Jeb Bartlett (POTUS on "The West Wing" on NBC). Actually I take that back...Barack Obama really had me paying attention to the t.v. I guess the whole point of this is that I want someone to inspire me the way that Reagan and Clinton did from time to time. I didn't get it from Kerry and Bush really tried but fell well short. So for now I'll have to settle for Adams and Jefferson but lucky for me most of the things them spoke about then ring very true today.