The Times Indeed
Brief thoughts on some current events. What’s that the Buddhists say? Something along the lines of “If you don’t understand what is going on, the world is as it is. If you do understand what is going on, the world is as it is.” Nonetheless until I achieve enlightenment, I’m still trying to figure out what the heck is going on. Even worse, I’m going to keep blogging about it. I’ll even include some predictions, someone has to do it, why not me?
The Pentagon announces a successful missile interception. Aside from the fact that there are any number of off-the-shelf countermeasures that could be used to foil a missile defense, great. In other words, Missile defense is welfare for aerospace contractors. It’s Maginot Line thinking, look how well that worked. And remember, the people manning the missile defense are the same people who ran around like chickens with their heads cut off while hijackers crashed jets into buildings. I don’t feel any safer.
Iran Defies UN
Yeah, like certain other countries don’t ignore the UN when it is in their interest to do so? Iran getting the bomb won’t be the end of the world, not like there’s any evidence they are even trying. Iran is actually big enough to defend itself without the bomb. The Romans were not able to defeat the Iranians, I think they’ll be around a lot longer than Bush one way or the other. I’d prefer the peaceful way but I think Bush is going to attack Iran.
Mexican Election Crisis
Yikes, what a distressing situation. I haven’t followed it enough to have firm opinions. Does show a weakness of having people a “winner take all” vote for High Office. In parliamentary elections where everyone votes for their party, everyone gets their fair share in Parliament. Even minor parties. I hope this Mexican situation resolves without getting worse. It should be noted that that country after country in Latin America has slipped out of American influence while Bush was obsessing over the Middle east. Could Mexico be next?
The Pentagon has had a blinding flash of the obvious. Yes, it’s now official: Iraq is a bloody mess. Do’h. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. We destroyed every civil institution in Iraq, and replaced it with a handful of quislings shouting orders from our Crusader Fortresses. Chaos was the only possible result. I don’t know if the military wants out of Iraq, or is laying the groundwork for justifying more violence. It would take a million troops to pacify Iraq at this point, or violence on an almost unimaginable scale. My prediction: continuing bad news from Iraq.
The SMART-1 spacecraft will be deliberately crashed into the Moon this weekend. Basically the SMART-1 was to test a new type of spacecraft propulsion, the ion drive. The test was successful. Now they are going to crash it into the Moon so they can analyze the debris for clues about what the Moon is made of. Many future spacecraft are going to be deliberately crashed into the Moon to look for water. Science marches on. Ultimately maybe this will be the biggest story of the day, I can only hope.
“Things are not what they appear to be: nor are they otherwise.”
— Surangama Sutra