Well, looks like the pundits are getting to work jawboning the Cuba situation to death. I'll just let it go for now. As Jan indicated once, Cubans are going to have quite a time holding on to a vision of equality. Everywhere else in the Caribbean the rich have won and are trampling on everybody else. Look at Puerto Rico!
And in Europe, look at Greece! How could this even happen? Is the deal that if you are Greek you don't deserve anything and you must suffer? That way the Germans can feel superior, not that they don't always feel superior anyway.
Reading Blumenthal on Gaza does not help my mental equilibrium. I'm still dragging my way through the book, gasping and exclaiming as I go. It's terrifying, a vision of hell that Blumenthal experienced right along with the Gazans. Israel lost in Lebanon; they lost in this last action too, even after killing so many and destroying the lives of survivors. Bombing the U.N. schools was the final straw for many, including Obama, who up to then had apparently backed up Israel 100%. Out of fear Israelis handed their country over to their worst people, natural born killers and religious fundamentalist maniacs.
Come to think of it, our military has lost all the wars it's engaged in since WW II, or was fought to a draw at best, starting with the Korean War, except for quashing dangerous foes like Grenada and Panama. They have not done well against serious enemies, or even against ill-equipped peasant armies and tribal warriors. Look at Iraq today, Afghanistan today. Look at the convulsions throughout the Middle East. Our military has not done much good in those places, or we could even say no good at all, just making a bad situation worse. If anyone can come up with positives, I'd like to know what they are.
Anyway, whatever happened to Cindy Sheehan? Why is the peace movement dead, as Medea Benjamin asks.
Meh. At least we seem to have stopped Borden. He wasn't at the park yesterday, and he isn't there today. As I saw when driving by yesterday afternoon, there were fair numbers of parents and kids using the play equipment. It's a small victory, but it's a very satisfying one. And not a shot has been fired. Not so far, anyway.