Going to stop quarreling with my friends on Facebook for a while and take the cat to board. We are on our way again tomorrow. It is brutally humid here, but I am all packed!
More: Below I mentioned a Palestinian I knew who came to the U.S. to study and stayed here instead of going back. Talking over things at lunch with Terry, I asked him if he remembered one of his high school classmates, an Israeli who was in a high school study abroad program. He had lost touch with him. He was quite the guy--fun, adventurous, had a great motorcycle--wondering what might have happened to him, I looked up his name, an unusual one, and to my surprise found that he now lived in Berkeley. I remember him saying he did not want to go back to Israel and did not want to be in the military.
They did not use white phosphorus this time, but they are using some kind of horrific bomb that spews shrapnel that cuts people to pieces.
What is so infuriating to me is that you could turn the clock back to the 80's and realize that, belying all the feel-good rhetoric, we have regressed everywhere when it comes to social justice. A lot of us had great hopes with Clinton. Then we had great hopes with Obama. But the trend is so clearly downward that I don't see how the greatest optimist in the world could imagine ever seeing the kind of improvements that would make a difference to ordinary people. We've run out of money. It's disappeared. We threw it away and not just the rich, either, but all of us. There is no longer the capital to repair our infrastructure, educate everyone and provide good health services.
And now another round of the Cold War! Just what we need!
As a couple of old people who will be pretty well shot in a few years, we have decided to at least get a look at the things we want to see before it's too late. It would be egomania to think we can make much of a difference in this sorry world.