Sunday, July 30, 2006

World On Fire.....

In more way than one. The US has been baking pretty much across the board temperatures in the 90s and in triple digits at a lot of places.
The mideast is on fire too (as I am sure you who have been following the latest news know). And like every other screwup of this administration their gamble on this might fail too.

Tom Friedman (who I sometimes critcize) said it right on Meet The Press today. It went along the lines.. "America used to be about exporting hope, these days it is about exporting fear".

He also made a good point about pointing out that Muslims in the mideast have to do something more than just hating others more than they love their kids. He mentioned India as being the 2nd most populous Muslim nation in the world (in terms of numbers) and how different they have reacted to the dastardly acts carried out by some Muslim extremists in the recent Mumbai blasts. He talked about the measured response by everyone there. The point he made was "India has a muslim president, one of the biggest software cos was found by a muslim, leading Bollywood figures are muslim". His point was that they have a stake in the system and a chance to make something of their lives. I think his larger point was that there are alternatives to violence and hatred.

Our media has been going on with wall to wall coverage about this new conflict with Iraq now slipping in to the "forgotten war" category especially where our TV is concerned. From the Frank Rich piece in the Sunday times..

CNN will surely remind us today that it is Day 19 of the Israel-Hezbollah war — now branded as Crisis in the Middle East — but you won’t catch anyone saying it’s Day 1,229 of the war in Iraq. On the Big Three networks’ evening newscasts, the time devoted to Iraq has fallen 60 percent between 2003 and this spring, as clocked by the television monitor, the Tyndall Report. On Thursday, Brian Williams of NBC read aloud a “shame on you” e-mail complaint from the parents of two military sons anguished that his broadcast had so little news about the war.

Wait.. Afghanistan was the forgotten war when Iraq came along. Sorry Afghanis.. you are subject to the fickleness of American(esp the ones who would like to cover up their failures) memory..yet again.

The neocon drumbeat of war goes on, they think they can start a new one to help us forget the complete mess of the the last one. But that is not gonna happen, the American people are waking up to what has happened. I hope they care enough to vote these morons out in November. It's very simple.. If you like where this country is headed, then vote Republican if not vote Democratic.

I did do other stuff this weekend. Went to a Democratic party meetup in Wilmington, met some of the candidates running for statewide office and national office. It was fun will write up about it. Also cooked (Red Bell Pepper Chutney and Daal Crepes), spent some time planting, clearing up the yard. Worked out, we inherited a gym from the previous owners of our home, so it's being put to good use.

And lest I forget the title of the post comes from the enchanting, amazing and talented singer songwriter Sarah Maclachlan (I have a bit of a crush on her..ever since I heard "building a mystery"...). I saw this video some time back and it made me choke up, it just seems apt on a day like this to watch it, if for no other reason than to know that change can be made thru peaceful means, violence is not always the only answer. And it does not take that many $$. Watch it if you have a few minutes ..

Lyrics below..

The worlds on fire its more then I can handle
Ill tap into the water try and bring my share
Try to bring more, more then I can handle
Bring it to the table
Bring what I am able

Hearts are worn in these dark ages
Youre not alone in these stories pages
The light has fallen amongst the living and the dying
And Ill try to hold it in
Yeah Ill try to hold it in

I watch the heavens but I find no calling
Something I can do to change whats coming
Stay close to me while the skys falling
I dont wanna be left alone dont wanna be alone

Hearts break hearts mend love still hurts
Visions clash planes crash still theres talk of
saving souls still colds closing in on us

We part the veil on our killer sun
Stray from the straight line on this short run
The more we take the less we become
The fortune of one man means less for some


Aditi said...

ohh me first..=)
Sounds like a great weekend.. no recipe this time?

Keshi said...

**He also made a good point about pointing out that Muslims in the mideast have to do something more than just hating others more than they love their kids.

Spot on!


karmic_jay said...

@Aditi.. probably tomorrow. Was too tired to write.

@Keshi.. Yep wonder when they will wake up to that?

Ameet said...

US news media always picks on one hot issue and blows it out of proportion. Whatever happened to fair & balanced?

I was in your neck of the woods this weekend. Delaware needs better road signs.

Teri said...

This isn't the first time the Us has forgette about Afghanistan. Back in the 70's, during the cold war, the US pledged all sorts of support to keep the Afghani's from The Soviet Union's influence. When the spread of communism was not so much of a threat, the US just abandoned their pledges. No wonder so much of the rest of the world hates us. We do shit like that all the time.

Id it is said...

Thanks for sharing! Those numbers on the video makes me realize there's so much more I can do...

karmic_jay said...

@Ameet.. will pass on your comments to the appropriate authorities.

@Teri.. Tragic isn't it?

@Id it is.. thanks

MoDigli said...

I'm ready for a big democratic win this November, too. We are in desperate need of some changes.

I enjoyed the Sarah McLaughlin song/video, too. Very inspirational.

surajsharma said...

oh man! i've seen this video it's AMAZING!!! I love mclachlan!!