dedalus Posted August 26, 2013 Share Posted August 26, 2013 When I saw the photos and images, the actual handheld vidos, the arising, almost cloudlike expanding pillar of smoke, I remember thinking “Dear God, “some bad things, ”some very bad things are bound to happen”. Well, I was right about that. What I couldn't quite understand was why so many Americans were paralyzed and in shock, as it were. Get a grip! But this never happens in the US of A. Get a life. Take a look around this dying planet we live upon and tell me why, in seven words or less, why should you be different? This does not take away from the pain, the near-total shock nd anger of suddenly missing wives and husbands, children, friends, and lovers. Nothing can ever repair that damage. But we must liveand understand that we exist in this fragile world togther, threatened by climate change, by bombs and terrorists, by every single goddam thing, and that flag-waving nationalist wars are really a thing of the past, and no need for wild swipes at Iraq. We live in a fragile stage of frozen freedom set up in the defense of freedom and policed by a shower of idiots, who make J. Edgar Hoover look good. Temporarily, as in Prohibition times, the red-faced special agents run around arresting innocents, our friends, sometimes ourselves, maintaining we cannot be patriots. At the American Embassy I was blandly asked if I supported the US Constitution and I replied I didn’t have to, as a citizen of a different sovereign nation. This went down like starchy glue. And then they wanted to know if I’d been a member of a terrorist organization, as if the ‘Minute Men’ near Boston had never existed, and I said ‘No’, because … how on earth could they ever begin to prove it and so they grudgingly let me in. America, the Yanks, our best frinds in the world, but this fff shit is what you get. Never mind, once you get in, the people are brilliant, one of my favourite countries in the world. Not France, not Switzerland nor Bavaria? Shut up for now. This is important. And so it came about, you do what you do, and you can’t help notice the changes. People don’t talk as they used to do and there are no longer any lengthy diatribes and the TV keeps the party alive until people look at their watches at nine and jump in their cars and go home. When you live in a certain place, be kind and soft, but speak your mind; and when you visit another land, be kind, but keep your mouth shut tight within your face until the light of the morning sun arises and falls in its warmth and gentle blessing, and it’s time to get up, go, and get along. Quote Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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