"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Saturday, 10 January 2015

History Repeats Itself

 I  found myself thinking about American Senator Joseph McCarthy recently.

His story has been re-visited a few times. I was surprised to find his activities were so long ago;Sixty years .

If you live long enough  stuff does tend  to revolve. McCarthy's witch hunt continued was publicly funded and allowed to continue  he accused the military was harboring communists. Then Republican President Dwight D.Eisenhower finally brought it to a halt but not before he had destroyed many lives. Many others took their own lives? Most of them writers and entertainers .

McCarthy was forty-nine when he died.

The atrocity in Paris probably made me think of him.

The entire world seems to be shaking a fist in defiance of extremism.

The gunmen in Paris apparently number three. Two brothers of Algerian extraction and a twenty-year old are being sought according to current broadcasts.

Very little has been reported about the individual who shot the soldier on Parliament Hill. Except for reference to connections to extremism.

Somehow the thought  of the IRA raising funds in the U.S.A for arms and ammunition  for terrorist attacks in England comes to mind. Don 't recall anyone, including the British government making
anything of that. Irish mothers decided those atrocities had to end.

France is no stranger to terrorist attacks. When French Indo China (Vietnam) was trying to take back it's country from France ,it was a long and bloody struggle. Algeria was a repeat.

French warned the Americans about not going into Iraq.The Americans did it anyway. They mocked France for being cowardly.

Now they are the ones having a hard time getting out

We all know the wise saying ,if we don't learn from the mistakes of th past ,we are doomed to repeat them.
That we are.


Anonymous said...

When history ceases to be taught in the schools of any country, they are probably going to see some serious problems. That has happened in the States and is now occurring in Canada.
To your concluding wise saying, I would add my own
"A little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing "

Anonymous said...

The French are also looking for a woman in connection with the 2nd attack. Photos show her training with a cross bow.

Anonymous said...

No, 13:50. It appears now that she was not even in the country.