Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Rowena and I are leaving for her pre-op visit shortly.
We have to leave for town shortly. I have her carrier all fixed up with an old towel she likes. Ferrets are good travelers but nobody likes to go to the doctor. She is supposed to go in Friday for her operation if all goes well today. All this would be unnecessary if some dithering moron of a politician had not felt compelled to get their name on a piece of legislation by passing stupid laws that harm the animals. Spaying or neutering is a good idea but not when it has to be done so young that the ferrets get adrenal disease.
I haven't watched the news today so I don't know if Barak has ordered strikes on Syria yet to save face for himself. Hope not. It's a pointless evolution. The talking heads are going on and on about "destroying the Syrian Air Force" and how that will solve the chemical weapons business. I guess they have never heard of artillery delivered chemical munitions. People tend to forget that Syria is an Iranian proxy, and that Iran controls Hezbollah, who are the real crazies and bad boys of the Shiite world. Over and over again last night, the military analysts, retired types mostly, said "this is a really bad idea." But the blood thirsty news guys like Charles Kuralt are all for it.
We have a long history of intervention and not all of it ends happily. My own particular experiences of "intervention politics" , which I gained in 1982-1983 in Beirut, do not make me a proponent. But even back as far as 1918-1920, when we sent American troops into Russia to fight the Bolsheviks, it was a lousy idea.
I dug out one of my books on that little fiasco because I wanted a quote from it. Richard Goldhurst wrote The Midnight War, The American Intervention in Russia, 1918-1920. The last chapter has this to say:
" If nothing else, the Russian intervention is one of the classic examples of where war starts: in war rooms all over the world; warm, well appointed rooms where men can play politics and dwell on the certainty of result rather than the magnitude of catastrophe."