Through Thick and Thin
I guess I struck a nerve with my last post, even better some of the people who took umbrage left comments. I mean, I always encourage dialogue. Unfortunately they didn’t actually make any points. Worse they apparently concluded that my observations about America’s response to 9/11 meant that I thought we shouldn’t have responded to it. Sounds like the same old “any criticism of the Bush Administration is tantamount to treason and surrender.” Boy, I wonder what will be the response when I post my “Bush, War President Not” post.
I should add that I didn’t disapprove of the USS New York site. Sites I disapprove of I usually won’t mention, and I certainly won’t link to them. I just don’t understand the point of building a warship out of the steel of the WTC. We are commemorating a terrible crime…because? And, um, sending troops to foreign lands is what inspired Al Qaeda’s creation in the first place, so the purpose of the USS New York is to inspire more attacks on America? I was especially creeped out by the “Never Forget” motto. We seem to have forgotten about capturing the man who was responsible for 9/11, and the terrible cost our 9/11 vengeance has wreaked both at home and abroad. It’s all very strange to me.
Moving right along, the economy is still in the news. I was talking with the Deli owner across the street. He says his business has dropped 40% in the past few months. I think more than anything else, this really hits home how severe this situation is. That’s basically catastrophic for a small business, and if it’s the same for millions of other small businesses, the damage that will do to the economy is almost incalculable. I expect we will start seeing small businesses fold big time the next few months, if not sooner. The next guy in the White House has got his work cut out for him.
Speaking of the economy, Alan Greenspan said something the other day that I thought was truly remarkable and really illustrates the mind set of the people who made this mess. Alan Greenspan was chairman of the federal reserve bank for nearly 20 years until 2007. In five hours of testimony before a Congressional committee, he only used the word “mistake” once and basically used a lot of weasel wording to avoid taking much, if any, responsibility for the current financial crisis, which he termed a “credit tsunami.” He also thinks the economy will come through it stronger than before because…”Investors, chastened, will be exceptionally cautious,” I’m sorry, but this problem was NOT cause by investors making unwise investments. This was caused by people like Alan Greenspan manipulating the system for their own benefit.
For those of us who live in the real world, where there is no bottom in sight for this ongoing economic collapse, here is a great list of what items will be valuable after the store shelves are empty. It was written by a fellow who lived through the Bosnian War, so he has some personal experience on the topic. It gives both insight into the human condition under these circumstances, and good advice about what sort of stuff people should be stockpiling: 100 Items to Disapear First.
Yesterday someone asked what I thought about an article that claimed that Bush’s response to 9/11 was just what Al-Qaeda wanted, and that Al-Qaea is hoping McCain will win and continue Bush’s policies thus bankrupting America both economically and militarily. I can only but agree, Bush has been practically a poster boy for Al Qaeda. As I pointed out in the last post, a military response to terrorist groups is the least likely way to defeat them, but playing with tanks and bombs appears to be the only game Bush knows. By responding to 9/11 as if it was an act of war and then launching a “war” in response to it, Bush gave Osama bin Laden more credibility and stature than he could ever have dreamt was possible. We turned a despicable criminal into almost a demigod by responding to him as if he was some sort of terrible threat to the USA. As I keep stating, we would all be better off if we had taken up the Taliban’s offers to turn Bin Laden over for trial.
In a final bit of mixed news, India has launched a Moon probe. I’m all in favour of space exploration and science, so it’s all good news from that perspective. And it’s a proud accomplishment for a nation, I salute all the people of India this day. The only fly in the ointment is that if India can deliver a payload to the Moon with a rocket, it also means they could deliver a nuclear weapon to anywhere on Earth. So this kind of illustrates a basic problem we as a world are ignoring, allowing WMD technology to spread without dealing with the underlaying issue of nuclear disarmament while pretending we can keep WMDs out of the “wrong” hands is a recipe for inevitable disaster. India may be a reasonably stable nation now, but anything is possible with the world’s economies going into free fall. The last big world wide depression was a big factor in certain unpleasant people assuming power in a number of countries, so the more countries that have this technology, the closer the day when it does fall into the wrong hands.
Have a great weekend everyone.
(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being use for profit, is a low resolution partial image, and arguably is an historically important image. Credit and copyright: ISRO. It’s the India Moon probe, Chandrayanaan-1 on its launchpad. God speed little Moon probe.)