"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 31 August 2013

Make sense of this if you can

So...this morning, before the UN Inspectors report their findings, the U S  has found the Syrian government did gas their own citizens.

The  Syrian   government said they did not.

The Russian  President   said it is "utter nonsense" to suggest the Syrian government wold gas their own  citizens.

He raises the question of how many Syrian residents would be killed by an  American  strike.

The Americans and the Russians have  battleships in the Gulf.

If the Americans fired off a missile in a particular direction, could the Russians intercept it?

Would that mean the Cold War had been ignited.?

 Israelis are said to be afraid  they would become the target of a Syrian attack. People are buying gas masks in preparation.

The British government has  rejected intervention in Syria. Remembering the war in Iraq based on false information. 

The French military is ready to intervene if the President decides they should. 

In Canada,  Cabinet Minister the Honorable John. Baird says that although the Prime Minister has said we will not  be militarily involved, we are in complete support of friends and allies. 

At this point it's not exactly clear which fiends and akkies he's referring to. 

This morning, two Canadian warships ,out in the open seas, on their way to Hawaii, bumped into each other. The Algonquin is coming home with significant damage and won't be sent back there again. 

The U.S. government  might be relieved to have  only  moral support  rom Canada for whatever action they decide they can take with moral impunity. 


Anonymous said...

Our Prime Minister reports that he is a ' reluctant convert ' to the cause. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

It is all tainted by the Bush legacy. The US is still paying for the Iraq War. I believed Colin Powell. Heck, Colin Powell believed Colin Powell. There is neither the money nor the will for another mess.

Anonymous said...

A pre-emptive strike might have worked. They've waited far too long & talked themselves into a box.

Anonymous said...

Syria is but one small part of a potential regional war that could dwarf the Balkans.

The various sects of Islam are at each others' throats in half a dozen countries, all the while being encouraged by the predominant Sunni and Shiite powers in Saudi Arabia and Iran.

Iraq itself seems on the brink of a religious war as dozens, and even hundreds, are slaughtered every day by suicide bombs. It's interesting to see Egypt disappear from the front pages to be replaced by Syrians gassing their own men, women and children.

The United States is powerless to intervene. What good will a few missiles do to end a civil war, besides kill more innocent men, women and children?

The west has little choice other than let the combatants kill each other until they lose the taste for this bloody futility.

Anonymous said...

The United States is no longer the World's policeman. Canada is no longer a country of peace-keepers viewed as an honest broker. Neither can make the choice between anarchy and atrocity for the Middle East.

Anonymous said...

On another note, it looks like we have another Sher at the Farmers Market.As the councilors and Farmers did all the work at the Corn roast, the market Chairperson took all the media exposure.Then she was heard at the end of the market ordering the stall operators around.The more things change.....

Anonymous said...

At least it wasn't on Peter McKay's watch. But the boss is still the PM. I guess he is not having a good day - again.

Anonymous said...

no winners here

Anonymous said...

Two Canadian warships collided yesterday during training exercises while en route to Hawaii. The destroyers were in the middle of towing exercises. They are both limping back to port in B.C.

A spokesman for Maritime Forces Pacific called the collision "an unfortunate accident" and "a rare event."

Why was our Pacific fleet headed to Hawaii? How will our west coast now be defended?

This is much more embarrassing then the Senate debacle and the repair bill will probably run into the millions.

Mr. Harper is having an even worse day then the one to which he awoke.

One could almost begin to feel sorry for him, but then, why?

This is just too ridiculous!

Anonymous said...

Bet ya someone was texting!!