Where to embark upon The Road Not Taken?  

rm_Kozlenok 52M
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7/17/2006 7:57 am

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Where to embark upon The Road Not Taken?

What to say? The Middle East is dominating the headlines despite the fact that the G8 summit is taking place in St. Petersburg, Russia. Here's what I fail to understand, and please, don't jump to conclusions that I am anti-muslim, anti-semite, or any other possiblities that I don't want to take the time to dwell on. The cradle of civilization started, pretty much, in the Middle East, and many of the ideas and advancements of the civilized world were first employed by the Persian Empire. So why is it, that with all that history, and all that time to evolve a civilization, that these lands continue to be the most uncivilized? Choosing violence over real dialogue and truth to power, is about as infantile as a people, or country, can get. It belies a lack of compassion for fellow human beings, at the expense of the intrinsic philosophical underpinning at the foundation of every human being that gives us the right to exist! Seriously though, I do believe it is a handful of zealots that are causing misery for the larger populace that is counter-intuitive to why democratic governments exist. Hezbollah, for example, is a pretty small faction supported mostly by Syria and Iran, but operating in Lebanon because it provides the most advantagous access to Israel, yet is not necessarily the voice or political viewpoint of the people of Lebanon, who are the ones that are being impacted the most by the actions of a small few. I feel for the Lebanese people. On the other hand, the Palestinians don't have nearly as much of my sympathy, though they do have some. Hamas was democratically voted into their government, despite the fact that Hamas was well known for enacting violence upon Israel, and in return inviting retaliation upon the Palestinians and their infrastructure/economy. Is Israel any better a country? Not really, they react to violence with more violence, escalating an otherwise out-of-control situation to new levels. Listen to what I told you to do, or I will punch you in the face. Yeah, real democratic. And the Americans? They just keep stirring the pot, agitating the situation, while speaking pleasantries and condemnations out of the other side of their mouth. Americans are hypocrites, and by that, I mean the government. If I refer to the American people as a whole, I'll refer to them as cattle. Moo! At least we aren't blowing each other up because we don't agree with each other. Oh wait, yes we have. Well, at least its rare here. I'm digressing, but I'm also making a point, if you read close enough to get the gyst. Watch Syriana if you want to get a more complete view.

So on to the G8 gathering in St. Petersburg. The west believes that Russia is backsliding on democratic reforms. I'm less inclined to agree with this point of view, though I am inclined to agree with it imperically. What the west needs to understand, and more importantly accept, is that Russia cannot be changed overnight. Putin has a approval rating of over 70% among Russian people, is doing what he knows is necessary to get from point A (the current state) to point Z (a strong economic social democracy), and those steps in-between require hard choices to accomplish that goal. America, for example, tends to forget its own history in regards to this very thing (as early as the 70's), in which we imposed the government's will upon the people, rather than the other way around. The classic line from V for Vendetta really does apply here, "People should not be afraid of their governments; governments should be afraid of their people." Frankly, the Russian government has to slog through hundreds of years of Russian history that speaks to corruption and greed, that it is understandable to some extent a need to backstep to accomplish an overall goal. Look at how far Russia has come since the revaluation of their currency, then think of where they will be in another decade. Russia is on the rise economically, and the real reason the west is not happy with Russia, is because Russia is well on its way to becoming a major economic force in the world, possibly to the extent that it will allow them to compete with the west, and I think that is the real reason for the outcry from which all this objectional argument originates. Leave Russia alone, they only doing what we in the west espouse is what we want democracies in the world to become, to become stronger and more robust. To reiterate, Putin over 70% approval rate, the objector Bush's or Blair's approval ratings? Enough said.

Ok, enough current events and politics. I could go on and on, but I won't bore you with it. That's enough to digest for one sitting. Chew it up, swallow it, choke on it, or spit it out. It's only one man's opinion, whether right or wrong, respect it and I'll respect yours. Take care.

BTW, is there a way to create a link in this blog? I can't seem to find it. What am I missing? Well here's the address to The Road Not Taken:


SirMounts 102M

7/27/2006 3:20 am

Well, I think essentially the same way, and do essentially the same things.
Good to meet you and ^5's, Kozlenok.

SirMounts 102M

7/25/2006 8:02 pm

Well, I agree with some of your thoughts, and disagree with others. But at least you have an understanding of history, and take the time to think about, and write about such things.
Welcome to blogging, Kozlenok.

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