Since day one of the 9/11 bombing, the people of the United States and Western Europe have been subject to an amazing propaganda campaign concerning the presence of terrorists and their plans to destroy society. Three men who were close friends of those who bombed the London transit system in 2005 were cleared of any involvement in the bombings which means that after four years of investigation no one has ever been found who actually participated in the tragic events of those days. The three defendants hate the West and most probably would have participated in the actions of their friends, but believing is not the same as acting.
The verdicts represent a blow to Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command which devoted tens of thousands of police hours conducting an investigation that never found anyone. Most probably some who participated in planning the bombings are still alive and wandering the streets of England or some other locale. But, they are not in jail.
Western societies have to free themselves of the belief that every Muslim hides within his soul a desire to be suicide bomber or destroy Western nations. There are criminal groups in every society, so why should Muslims be any different than the rest of humankind?
Republic Senator Arlen Specter has left his party and joined the Democrats which will shortly ensure that President Obama has the necessary 60 votes in the Senate to push through his program without worrying about a filibuster. Naturally, Republicans decried Specter as a traitor or as one termed him, a “leftwinger” who has gone over to the other radicals in the Democratic Party. There is scant doubt that Specter’s moderate voting record was viewed by most Republicans as “liberal” if not “radical.” Republicans are trapped in the rhetoric of people like Rush Limbaugh even though most Americans have moved to the center, not the left.
Eventually, the Minnesota courts will allow Al Franken to assume the seat to which he was elected and thus provide the 60th vote for Democrats. Spector looked in the mirror and realized he would never win the Republican primary so he did the intelligent thing and became a Democrat. In essence, he joined America and left the yahoos of ignorance in the Republican party.
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We inhabit a world in which security and safety are constantly on the minds of people. A six year old child brings her lunch box to school which contains a plastic knife to be used for spreading peanut butter and immediately finds herself in the principal’s office charged with endangering the lives of fellow students with her plastic knife as well as brining in peanut butter which can cause another child to become sick. In Toronto schools the latest furor is over whether to allow the “starter pistol” which is used to begin track meets to remain in use. After all, the man who fires the starter pistol might point it at the crowd and begin a massacre of the entire area. In our quest for security, we focus on minor issues rather than focus on what really constitutes security and safety.
No one really worries about children without medical care, no one worries about unemployed mothers and fathers, no one worries about the elderly who lack sufficient income to live out the remaining years in dignity. Ah, but the starter pistol, that is the real concern of security. When will humans grow up and focus on what really matters in life?