All these Ethiopian Christians were beheaded last week in Libya by ISIS. Seen enough? Still apathetic? What about the Christians that were killed in Iraq, Syria, Kenya, Somalia, Yemen, and for that matter, what about the non-Christians. Japanese journalists, Yazidis,and Shiite Muslims? Anybody and everybody is fair game to ISIS. So far, the feeble efforts of the West and Arab nations to meet this foe head on is paltry, at best. Luke warm. This was the same exact reaction in the 1930s to Japanese and German fascism. It was not until it was too late, after Japan and Germany attacked sovereign nations that a slow and determined response was put forth. It should be noted, however, that the U.S. did very little to help China until Pearl Harbor. Back to the present, the "Clear and Present Danger" posed by the movement defining itself as the Islamic State has the potential to define the next decade. Another decade of war. By holding back an overwhelming response, the West and the Arab nations are allowing ISIS to gain momentum and to consolidate their assets. This is a foolhardy approach and will cost everyone dearly. It will perpetuate a war unnecessarily. It will also jeopardize the world economy. After the attacks all over Europe, Australia, the U.S. and Canada, not to mention the utter chaos in the Middle East, it is still beyond my imagination why our leaders can not come up with a plan. Are you kidding me? You can build an iphone but you can't stop people from crucifying each other? I dare you to go to the internet right now and google "ISIS killing Christians." The I double dare you to believe that you are safe. That is the way I see it, today, April 23rd, 2015.
Abraham Lincoln didn't wear Raybans, but if he did, he would of probably liked them. Two days ago the 150 year anniversary of his death came and went, unnoticed. I find it curious as our world is in such turmoil that we as a "people" ignore the obvious. We ignore our homeless, our economic situation, our borders, our constitution, our rights, and generally push forward ideas ignoring the present. Our society today is narcissistic and that is about it. Just that. Don't believe me? Just go to the mall and watch all the young people walking around looking at only their cellphones, which, they could do at home. Unfortunately, I, too, am a product of this society. For the last two days all I can think about is the upcoming release of the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. I wonder, as a people, can we awaken or is it too late? I never thought that I would wake up to the morning news program to learn about Christians being slaughtered all over the Middle East. I also never thought that we would just sit by and watch, either! But we are. Flying drones and bombing the "bad guys" is a effort in futility and the results simply speak for themselves. Just like Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago our country faces big problems. But, unlike then, now we just tend to ignore it and hope it will not interrupt our episode of "Breaking Bad." President Lincoln acknowledged that the United States had to change, today, we need to take this lesson and realize that from a "world perspective" we need to change again. Lincoln was very clear, politics is not morality, and that, morality must take precedence. "The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time," Abraham Lincoln. That's the way I see it, today, April 17th, 2015.
Cuba. I was 4 years old when Castro took over this Island. In the annals of the Cold War, the U.S. lost this battle to the Soviets. As we all know, a nuclear war almost started there under the Kennedy Administration and it was only by chance that a Russian sub commander refused orders from Moscow to nuke a U.S. carrier. Most people are unaware of this history, but facts are facts. Cuba has for the last 56 years been a thorn in U.S. Foreign policy. The biggest problem, of course, is communism. Then there is the family dictatorship of the Cuban government. After over half a century the Castro family still controls the island. The relationship between the two adversaries is lukewarm at best. In my opinion, an rarely do I ever agree with Mr. Obama, a "reset" of this relationship is needed. 50 plus years of sanctions have proven fruitless in forcing Cuba to come to its senses. So, why not try another tact? Look at Vietnam, for example. Still a communist run nation, and just like China, embracing capitalism. This is exactly what will happen in Cuba as millions of American invade under "tourist" visas. Yes, Cuba has not turned away from political and human rights violations. But, when money flows, so do ideas. And it is in this venue that we can hope for the best. Surely, it is time to allow Cuba to buy "smart phones" and to drive cars that were not made back in the 50s. So, lookout Cuba, the "yanks are coming" and they are bringing their credit cards! That's the way I see it, today, April 15th, 2015.
Well, it is official. Hillary Clinton wants to be President. Well, duh? Totally kool man, she launched her bid on Twitter, how cool is that? Wow, she must really be hip! WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? Quite frankly, if this is the best that the Democrats can do, then they deserve to loose the next election. Personally, I am against any family dynasty, be it the Clinton's or the Bush's, of getting hold of the executive branch of government, period! If this country is literally stupid enough to elect either one of these two families to the White House, then truly, "democracy is dead." When you wake up in morning and realize you have been had, i.e. electing Barack Hussein Obama aka Barry Soetoro, and then turn around and entertain the idea that Hillary would be a good President, you must of been smoking too much of that Seattle/Denver hashish. The same goes for Jeb Bush! Enough already! Wake up America, World War Three is at your front door. If you do not take notice it will barge straight into your living room. I really don't know how I am going to get through the next 21 months of the media B.S. as all the munchkins line up and declare they want to run the country. We are living in the Land of Oz. Maybe Hillary and Jeb baby really are aliens, or maybe, just maybe they are Zombies. Could of fooled me. Oh, and don't forget Bill Clinton, he is already chomping on his cigar just waiting to get back in the White House! So, with entertainment at its finest, we again start the "election process" of nimcompoops which will surely leave no stone unturned and most definitely bamboozle the electorate into another "false illusion" of democracy. So be it, as Forest Gump so aptly put it, "Stupid is as Stupid does." That's the way I see it, today, April 12th, 2015.
Seventy years ago, today, at a little known desert site in southern New Mexico, there was a big flash. Very big. A nuclear bomb was successfully detonated. A few months later, after losing thousands of American lives liberating the islands of the Pacific, the United States decided to nuke two cities in Japan, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This brought an end to the Japanese empire and its military dictatorship. What followed was the "cold war" between the Soviet Union and the U.S. Only MAD, mutually assured destruction, kept these two adversaries at bay. Today, seventy years later, the U.S., Russia, Britain, France, and China are trying to negotiate with Iran to prevent a Middle East nuke arms race. Unfortunately, for the world, the talks are failing. Iran, like North Korea, will meets its goal of achieving a nuclear weapon. In all likelihood the current war in this region will escalate and will lead to the use of these devastating weapons. There will be no winners, only losers. It is too bad that the "powers that be" perceive themselves as being helpless to prevent this inevitable scenario. They are not. But trying to negotiate with insanity appears to be. Khomeini, the founder of the religious Iranian terrorist state, said thirty years ago he was willing to see his entire nation burn in order to meet his goals. His predecessors have said the same. The "war" is not coming, it is "here." All that remains is whether or not it will be "conventional." I remember a quote from a long time ago, "An optimist is much more fun to be around, a pessimist is usually right." Let us pray and hope for the best, it may be too late to do anything else. That's the way I see it, today, April 5th, 2015.
"The purpose of my writing is twofold. First, to get things out of my head. Second, to show it to you."
Daniel D Scroggin
A freelance writer, flight instructor, and world traveler. Sharing his ideas, opinions, and adventures for your consumption.