Just when my faith in humanity was on the very edge of being restored by a majority (albeit a slim one) of British parliamentarians! The Brit politicians got up on their hind legs and turned down their own prime minister's request for guns, ammunition and body bags to bolster an American "punishment" war on Syria. They wanted more and better information about the reasons for going to war and what the warriors hoped to achieve.
They wanted confirmation that chemical attacks have actually taken place in Syria (though most are in agreement that the heinous act was, indeed, perpetrated), but more importantly, they wanted to be sure that any responsive attack would be aimed at the people who actually did the deed-and that the outcome of such an attack would be more than simply killing a bunch more people. Not surprisingly, they weren't keen on blindly accepting American "intelligence" reports, with debate centring on waiting for corroborating evidence being gathered by United Nations observers. Something about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction seemed to be stuck in their craws (which, of course, might explain why they were never found in Iraq).
Canada and Australia, meanwhile, have both declared themselves allies of the United States in its resolve to set Syria straight. .. but have both declined to offer any participation other than to stand behind their good American friends.
Far, far behind. I wonder if the Americans will appreciate the Brits' democratically established honesty.
And Germany, too, has come right out and clearly stepped back.
That leaves the Americans now standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their close friends, the French.
How ironic is that! I guess freedom fries will be French again. My guess is that there will be little more than a few perfunctory bombs dropped until the U.N. crew finds a way to confirm or deny the Syrian government's involvement in the sarin gas travesty.
A few people will be killed, and little will be accomplished.
And in other news that was important enough to push aside the Syrian abyss and the brink of war. .. Duck Dynasty has just been declared the most-watched program in cable television history, with a viewing audience four times that of Mad Men.
I'm not sure what distresses me more, that Duck Dynasty has taken over the coveted top spot from Deadliest Catch, that Deadliest Catch was purported to have been the previous recordholder powering our mass (but definitely not massive) popular intellect, or that anyone would bother to compare either of them to Mad Men as if there's enough relevance to be found there to take our minds off dead and dying children in some far-off exotic land.
And anyway, why did no one in any of the reports I heard mention Here Comes Honey Boo Boo-another show that has my thumb twitching excitedly (even though my thumb can't stand the stuff) when I accidentally fall into one of the many reality gaps that have taken hold of most of my television's cable bandwidth? Has the over-indulged little twerp fallen out of favour? Is her disrespectful blather no longer considered "cute"? Should my distress actually be anchored in the fact that any of these shows can be mentioned alongside Syria? Somehow, I find myself pining for the days of I Love Lucy.
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