Monday, July 31, 2006

Dumber Than The Average Bear: The Root Causes Of Stupidity, Etc.

A man is being torn to shreds by a grizzly bear. An armed park ranger looks on while refusing to intervene. When asked why, the ranger states that he thinks the root causes of bear attacks on humans need to first be addressed. People need to understand that bears are dangerous wild animals, and should not be fed or approached. While the ranger is busy explaining this, the attack victim has just had his carotid artery torn open.

The refusal by the US to push a cease-fire thus far in the Israel-Lebanon conflict - under the pretense that the root causes of that conflict must first be addresed - is shameful and immoral. Never was that clearer than this weekend, when a single Israeli bomb took out dozens of Lebanese children at once. Even Israel thought that was too much and ceased bombing - for a time.

Indeed, the root causes of any problem need to be addressed, but in the meantime you do need to treat the symptoms. You don't know why you're getting headaches, but you still know you need that aspirin to alleviate them. It's just common sense. But I do realize politics and common sense can't exist in the same place at the same time.

Only now, after weeks of bombing and pressure from the UN and our allies has the US even been willing to say the words "cease-fire." Lebanon, Syria and Iran may not have been doing enough to stop Hezbollah, but the US hasn't been doing enough to stop the bombs coming from the "good guys," which are just as deadly as any terrorist's bombs.

The US's unquestioning allegiance to Israel hasn't made us any friends, and I dare say our refusal do anything in the current conflict (granted, it is not our conflict) has strained some of our existing friendships. We are the park ranger, and we've made a big booboo.


PART II: DEFRAGMENTATION

A new post is up over on Fragmentia 13, and will likely be the last of its kind. At least, in its present form.

Instead of doing a weekly post on a second site, I'm going to do occasional F13 posts here on BogsBlog. Scant readership (of F13) and increasing demands on my time make this a sensible direction for me.

I invite you to read the F13 archives for any "bite-sized slices of life" you may have missed. Some of them are quite tasty!

Here's a morsel for today:

All The Rage Down Under
What is it about malfunctioning American phones that drives Australian actors into a rage?

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have not seen any news reports of a Grizzly Bear attack.

PC is for DHIMMI's said...

Your anti-semitism is noted the death of lebanese civilians is the sole responsibility of the Hezbollah terrorists and by using civilians as shields is a war crime and must be treated as such..

GO Israel.....Nuke IRAN

Pete Bogs said...

anti-semitic I am not, but nice try there... Hezbollah must be brilliant, in your view, to know exactly which non-military targets Israel will strike and ensuring plenty of civilians are on hand when the missiles land...

PC is for DHIMMI's said...

The fact they won't let civilians leave and force them to store weapons and house troops...is of no concern to you? And there is video showing rockets being launched from that site is also of no concern to you?....Yeah Anti-Semetic fits you like a glove..make more excuses for terrorism you seem to be quite good at it.......

fatty ~ said...

its the misspelling of words like 'colour' that are enough to drive me up the wall... so to speak!

Pete Bogs said...

and "semitic," for that matter...

LadyM said...

Why are people so quick to throw around the anti-Semite label whenever someone doesn't completely agree with Israel's actions?

Pete Bogs said...

lady m - exactly... I don't care if they are Zoroastrians in Israel; I'm criticizing their actions, not their faith...

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

but what is the US doing about voodoo and santaria!
Losers!

/grrrrrr

Jack K. said...

Pete, I suspect that Hezbollah operates from civilian neighborhoods thereby making the neighborhood a handy target. It allows them to get extra benefit from their actions. Make an effort to kill Israelis, their sworn enemy and the propaganda from the results of the retaliation.

Now as to why Israel would ratchet up this kind of response to the capture of two of their soldiers is another story.

How should we respond to a threat from someone who has publicly pronounced an all out effort to annihilate us?

Is there any truth to the charge that this is all the doings of Iran? I wonder.

I also wonder if oil could be at the center of it all?

War is hell and unnecessary. We can learn to live together. Perhaps we will some day.

K9 said...

/bark bark bark

thank. you. jack.

/grrrrrrrr

Pete Bogs said...

jack - I imagine that's correct... but just because Hezbollah are scumbags doesn't make it ok to kill civilians... I know I am preaching to the converted here... I wouldn't put anything past them; still, it is Israeli shells that are killing Lebanese civilians, whoever may benefit from it...

Anonymous said...

Fuck the world! Humans will eventualy die out. Dont be anti-semites, instead be anti-sapien. Drosera will inherit the earth and all of sapiens earthy possesions.


The bombs are coming.

Pete Bogs said...

anon - thanks for your clarity...