Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Things I Don't Care About

- I don't care about Syria. I don't care if they blast each other to kingdom come. I'm sorry for the innocent bystanders, mainly the children, but if the people there are determined to annihilate one another, I don't think there is a damn thing we can do about it. We talk about how we must stop the brutal genocide that is happening there. It's our moral duty - but of course, our moral duty has more to do with oil and other geopolitical considerations than it does with people. Else why have we stood without lifting a finger as African country after African country wiped out whole populations of their people? Where was our moral duty then?

We have no clue who the various factions of rebels in Syria are, despite John McCain's faith in "his guy". But his guy appears to be no more likely to emerge as the ultimate winner than any one of several other rebel groups, some of whom are allied with Al Qaida, others with Hezbollah.

To tell you the truth, I don't care about the rest of the Middle East either except Israel. It would be different if I thought we could have a serious impact but I don't think we can. They don't like us and they'll never like us. We could help "Faction A" prevail in Syria and as soon as they'd consolidated their power, they'd start hating us again. Like Afghanistan. We provided weapons in their war with Russia. Afterwards, they protected Osama bin Laden, and then turned those same weapons on us.

If they don't like us, well, I don't much like them either. We sacrificed our children and our economy for Iraq. Did we create a democratic society there? Not so's you'd notice.

To make it even worse, we're being overtaken once again by a cold war mentality. We threaten to impose a no-fly zone; Russia threatens to send anti-aircraft missiles. War in Syria would be two wars at once - involvement in a civil war and a proxy war with another super-power. Isn't that how Vietnam began?

So, I say we get the hell out of the Middle East. Spend the money we're spending on war now on quickly developing alternative sources of energy so we don't need their oil. Let them duke it out on their own. Screw'em.

 - I don't care if the IRS targeted Tea Party groups and made life inconvenient for them -though you notice they all got their tax exempt status in the end. This is the difference between Democrats and Republicans. Democrats talk a good game but they always pull their punches. They just don't have the stomach for going for the throat like Republicans. I don't care because I don't even think there should be such a designation as a 501(c)4. They are a farce. Does anyone seriously believe Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS was designed to be an "educational" organization and not a blatantly political one? Ditto, many others, on the Democratic side as well. 

- I don't care if I never hear another word about Jodi Arias!

- I don't care what you think your Bible says about gay sex and/or marriage. Your Bible is only applicable to you, it doesn't get to dictate to the entire country.

- I don't care that the sequester caused delays for important people who fly. They should have to suffer at least a little for the hardships they imposed on other people. If we were going to re-visit the sequester consequences, it should have been in Head Start, food stamps, cancer research and treatment and the like, not whether Senators had to spend an extra hour in an airport.

- I don't care how much reverence anti-choicers say they feel for fetuses. Until they follow that up with an equal amount of reverence for the children who are already born, I don't believe them.