Did you hear about the Texas teacher who was helping one of her
kindergarten students put on his cowboy boots?
asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling and
him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go
on. Finally, when the
second boot was on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost cried
when the little boy said, "Teacher,
they're on the wrong feet." She
looked and sure enough, they were.
It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than
it was putting them on.
She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots
off, then back on the
He then announced, "These aren't my boots."
She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face
and scream, "Why
didn't you say so?" like she wanted to. Once again she struggled to
help him pull the ill-fitting
boots off his little feet.
No sooner had they gotten the boots off when he said, "They're my
My Mom made me wear 'em."
Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry. But, she mustered up
the grace and courage
she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again.
Helping him into his coat, she asked, "Now, where are your mittens?"
said, "I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots."
Her trial starts next month.
Once you have finished laughing about the sad state of affairs in the "Iraqi classroom" we have tried to be the teacher
of, the Iraqi "nation" is much too fractious and divided to really become a peaceful place for a long time.... look at what
happened in Lebanon, Bosnia and now Afghanistan. My best guess on this entire "Arab versus 'us' " situation is that
we will have to keep exerting some threat to Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the "Arab countries" (including non-Arab
terrorist supporting regimes like North Korea and Somalia) for a long time while also offering some rewards for them. This
is simply a counterbalancing force we are going to exert since they have threatened us for a long time both with economic
and more violent actions on their part. A classical "carrot and stick" approach.
As their populations begin to experience and learn from the outside world more and the information available flows in
from there, and as their populations and societies become more educated and less repressed by their respective governments,
there will grow a greater understanding (note I do not use the word "appreciation") of what they are becoming. It will
take at least 2 generations (40-50 years) before they will truly embrace a democratic society and throw off the yolks of theocracy,
monarchy and dictatorships. Of course that means we will have to remain a strong and controlling interest in the worst
of those countries until their populations catch up with the program. We would never remain there as "conquerors",
but only as "stabilizers", "guides" and "teachers".
I have talked with a number of people from around the world, including the directly affected countries. The only
way we will ultimately succeed is to keep the clan chiefs, would-be dictators, imams, ayatollahs and other religious
leaders from usurping the leadership in these restive, uncivilized or destabilized areas. A definite part of this
picture HAS to be finding or forcing a lasting peace between Israel and the rest of those countries. WMDs are going
to be part of it too. They do need elimination BUT not before Israel can guarantee its own security and the new democratic
governments have some authority that is conferred from the peoples of those countries.
The Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, PLF, Al-Queda and all the rest will HAVE to be permanently disposed of... and most probably
in a very UNpretty fashion too. Those die-hards will need to be "terminated with extreme prejudice". In the situation
that we have already been committed to and that GWB has undertaken, it's like the little boy who grabbed a tiger
by the tail. Now, he can't let go. If he does he will be eaten. I was never a supporter of GWB and won't
be in the future. But this one action of his I do agree with, even though I believe he has done it for the wrong reasons
and will ultimately take advantage of it.
I view our world situation as being virtually in the same state as it was in the middle of the 1930s. We and the
European countries made fatal mistakes of appeasement and isolationism then when faced with the specter of Adolph Hitler and
company. That lack of decisiveness and our collective temerity directly lead to WW2 and the Holocaust. Now, we
are in the same threat level. At least when a majority of the countries who make up the so-called "United
Nations" lack the spine to call a spade a spade, we have the capability and determination to deal with it while it is still
"in its infancy" and able to be nipped in the bud.
I would bet dollars to donuts that GWB II had a sitdown with his dad, GHWB sometime before this all was decided and the
senior Bush told his son "Look I made several mistakes that I don't want you to repeat. First, I should never have waited
around that long before pushing for military action in the U.N. If the other countries were not ready to make hard decisions,
then I should have gone it alone or with just a few close allies. Also, I should never have left Saddam in power.
We should have cleaned out the chicken coop of those wolves and rebuilt it starting in 1990 or '91. If the other countries
were unwilling to make those committments, the U.N. should have become an irrelevant institution then and we should have
removed ourselves from it and set up a replacement organization to deal with those questions." That is what I think
is the gist of this "father-to-son" talk would have been. He also may have apologized to his son for passing the problem
inadvertently down to him for a solution.
As a means of giving you my overall perspective, I am for a pure form of democracy, a strict Consitutionalist, and NOT
a militant person. But I am a Maccabbean in my responses to external threats and defense reflexes. Also I have
been of the opinion for almost 50 years that with the planet being a single global environment, there was NO way that individual
countries, economies, legal systems, ethnicity, racialism, and cultures could maintain individuality. In the early years,
we did not have the word "globalism" coined. But that is what I concluded would have to happen over the long haul.
And that would imply a "world government" at some point in the evolution of civilization. Now what forces would be present
and how would this government come into existence, that I did not know. But from the 18th naturalist and philosopher,
Thomas Malthus, the certainty of this evolution was all but guaranteed. He predicted that after civilization grew to
a maximum size that the space and raw resources could support, there would be an ever-increasing deathrate due to many causes,
such as war, famine, plague, and our own poisonous byproducts. It has all been playing out before us at least through
the last 150 years. The ONLY solution to survive this inevitable biological law that applies to ALL species, is
to be able to plan and control our civilization so that we prevent our world population from outstripping the earth's natural
resources that it subsists on. And a single goverment is the only instrument that I can see that can erase national
boundaries and give everyone a new point of view. The world's peoples need to think in terms of "us", not "us versus
them". Group distinctions have got to go.
Religion too has to be taken out of any governance equation. It has too long a history as the cause of wars
and more deaths than any other reasons. I would also like to see religion fall by the wayside because it is
my opinion that religion is the antithesis of education, logical thinking, common sense reasoning, and real
knowledge. And it can and is too subject to becoming the tool of those seeking power over others through superstitious
behavior, guilt-casting, promises of afterlives, and fear-mongering.
If people did accept that there were better ways to explore their world and the universe than to look into the printed
pages of religious texts written centuries ago by people living in the dark ages, then religion would lose its power and people
would truly become educated and relatively immune from tyranny. They could be more readily taught a strong work ethic
and a set of universally accepted moral and ethical values. They would also become more global in their attitudes and
that is the key, IMHO (in my humble opinion). Just as there is a teaching of neo-Naziism from one generation to another,
and a cycle of violence that has lost its beginning and has no natural end, there is also an endless cycle of ignorance
that is passed on from one generation to another through the institution of religion. If that cycle is finally broken,
the world will have a real chance to become a peaceful and global community. Without those steps, we will be condemned
to endlessly relive the mistakes of our past.