Not every problem has a solution, sometimes we have to make the best of what we have, play the cards we were dealt, so to speak, and live our lives.
This rant was brought to you by the latest "discussion" we have been having on this thread. (Go to comments)
I am going to take a look at just todays news stories and explain what I mean using them as an example.
Car Bomb found in London.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the incident reminds us that Britain faces "a serious and continuous threat" and the public "need to be alert" at all times.
Mr Brown confirmed that Home Secretary Jacqui Smith will chair a Cobra meeting and then report to Cabinet.
A police source said: "The indications that we have got so far are that it was certainly a big device."
Then we have this report on a different article about this incident.
A car bomb left in London's West End would have caused "significant injury or loss of life" if it had not been defused by police.
The explosive device, consisting of gas cyclinders and nails, was discovered at 2am outside a packed nightclub in The Haymarket, near Piccadilly Circus.
Moving right along we see more about Iraq.
We also see headlines like this: "US voices concern over 350 people 'disappeared' in Sri Lanka ".
COLOMBO (AFP) - The United States has voiced concern about the fate of 355 Sri Lankans who "disappeared" in recent months amid an escalation of the island's ethnic conflict, the government here said Friday.
We have problems in Lebanon. More problems in Lebanon.
These are just a few examples of the news from one day, and I didn't even show Israel's news, Syria, North Korea, Iran or News of al-Qaeda or other terrorist groups.
The point is, there are bad people in the world, there are good people who think appeasing these bad people will make them "like us", there are good people that think the world won't be better unless the bad people are dead.
So many types of people, so many offered solutions, so many decades of this Merry Go Round and although over the centuries we have seen progress, we still have people asking questions like this: (From the comments section)
That's great that you're an edicated guy. I look forward to your thoughts on how we could achieve the jpeace dividend. Please don't bother to tell us what won't work (UDN, etc), but rather what will work.
Guess what? Progress is slow going business and we may not be alive to achieve "jpeace" in our lifetime, hell it may not even be achieved in our grandchildrens lifetime, and yet, some people still think there is some secret formula that will obtain world peace, but lets not forget it has to happen "fast" because those same people do not have the attention span for anything that takes too long or gets too tough or is too bloody.
Like children, people demand what they want, yet throw little hissy fits when it cannot be accomplished in a "timely manner", or a better analogy would be, a kid wants a speacial toy for christmas, yet wants to piss and moan and throw a temper tantrum if Dad has to work overtime to get that toy.
Utopia doesn't exist and it isn't going to. It is fiction.
I am not cynical, these are simply facts that a person who lives in reality instead of denial, instinctively understand.
The reason I say this is because human nature somehow creates people that are peaceful born sometimes on the same day as a mass murderer starts his life.
We have bad and we have good and we have a population that is still growing and expanding, therefore, more bad and more good.
Unless someone has some secret pill that prevents anyone from growing up bad..... WE WILL NEVER GET PERFECTION.
Deal with it.
Sometimes dealing with one problem will create ten more and we have to make a judgement call on whether it is worth it or not.
Lets take Iraq as an example.
Some people believe going to Iraq, toppling Saddam and helping those 12 million people that were so proud to vote in their first election, was a mistake.
Whether I agree with them or not, THAT is an intellectually honest argument.
Then we have those that will take it a step farther and claim the "reason" they disagree with our actions in iraq is because we are losing fine brave soldiers.
THAT is an intellectually dishonest argument because our brave soldiers VOLUTEER, enlist and REenlist time and again because they DO feel the Iraqi's are worth it and that they deserve the freedom they showed they wanted in those same elections.
If one cannot be honest enough to simply say I disagree without adding a strawman (claiming they are concerned for the soldiers instead of admitting they simply do not agree and leaving it at that) then how on earth are we to obtain progress, of any sort.
Then we have Bush Derangement Syndrome, many wave that away, but it is a factor here in what is happening today.
If it rains it is Bush's fault, if there is a draught, it is Bush's fault. Those peple simply need a shrink, but unfortunately, we have a few of those people as ELECTED OFFICIALS.
For the record, I came out just as strongly against Ken Starr when he and others had what I call "Clinton Derangement Syndrome"... where everything was Clinton's fault.
Lets move along to Darfur, the same people that would claim they think it is wrong to help the Iraqi's because it is taking too long and is too hard of a fight, clamour for us to go into Darfur and fix all their problems, ignoring the fact that it will be just as hard and the fight will be just as bloody.
Hypocritical to say the least.
The fact is, we cannot even agree in our own country between ourselves, so how on earth does anyone expect a "quick" solution to problems around the globe?
Progress takes time on any issue and those that do not have the patience to see years or even decades used to find such a solution, have no business debating the problem to begin with, they are no better than children that want there toy NOW whether the parent can afford it or not.
Utopia doesn't exist, it never has and it never will, but that does not mean that we cannot try to "improve" or "progress", it just means that we must understand that the improvements may not be huge in the short term, but in the longterm they may be overwhelmingly grand, and NEWSFLASH, they make take time to accomplish.
Right Truth shows us that Tony Blair is moving to Jerusalem and I wish him the best of luck in his new position, but I truly hope everyone understands that centuries of problems are not going to be fixed overnight and mistakes are going to be made and these things are like learning to walk, one step at a time, with many falls in between.
One last thing: Safety and Security: We have people that demand our government keep us safe, then throw a temper tantrum about the tools implemented to keep them safe, again, intellectual dishonesty.
Parents out there: Have you ever had to sacrifice something you wanted to be able to afford something your child needed? If so, then you understand that one must pick priorities, one must sacrifice what they call civil liberties to obtain certain safeties.
One example is Airport Security, we demand that our airports be safe and yet many complain, loudly, about the fact that people that make airline reservations are "assessed" by our government... how assinine.
I fly alot for my business and I EXPECT TO BE ASSESSED, I also have the right to expect the guy next to me on the plane to be assessed.
What annoys me the most about this subject on airline security is many that I hear bitching about their "civil liberties" are repeating what they saw on a liberal blog, but they never even fly, and yet they think a civil liberty that they never take advantage of anyway trumps MY right to be safe?
How backwards is this?
Politics should never trump safety or National Seciurity.
Okay, rant over and back to scheduled programming on the next post...
Tracked back by:
News that makes you go "huh?" from Right Truth...
Olmert to Israeli Citizens: You're On Your Own from The American Israeli Patriot...
Iranian "Moralization Campaign" Picks Up Steam from The American Israeli Patriot...
Iran "Fuel Ration Protest" Update from The American Israeli Patriot...
Saudi Snub from The American Israeli Patriot...
Please visit these links above because whether you want to believe it or not, this news is the REALITY of the world we live in and before we can help be part of the solution we need to recognize the problems first. Otherwise, you are just getting in the way.