Sozadeeis a state of mind. It was discovered (or founded) many years ago on a hot August afternoon's sail out of Newport Beach. There was no wind (at least any stronger than the current) and a burning, glaring sun. The limp sails afforded no shade. All aboard knew the outboard was questionable. The ice on the beer was melting and discussion was skirting the issue of sunstroke. Suddenly, the word "Sozadee" was uttered, the breeze returned, and all was well.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Happy (Happier) New Year!
The dawning of a new year, and soon, the sunset of an eraerror.
I’ve been walking my dogs in this hoodie sweat shirt for over a year now. Other walkers, encountered, used to split 50/50 between congratulating me on it and asking me what the numbers meant.
Since sometime last midsummer, no one has asked me what the numbers mean. No one.
Most people want to look ahead; hopeful for competent leadership, faithful in our unique Constitution, and confident in our economic comeback. Most want to look toward dawns and sunrises as opposed to twilights and sunsets. I like dawns. I’m somewhat hopeful, faithful and confident. And I agree with the people who wear shirts which say, “Yes, We did.” I totally like Barack Obama. I totally can get fired up and ready to go!
But I also respect sunsets. I will not forget the last eight years. Neither will I forgive. Forgiveness is for Christians.
The Israelis and the Palestinians May Deserve Each Other
But that's not the point.
The point is that it didn't have to happen this way.
In my mind, the Israelis have never been good neighbors; they have always been land grabbers. And the Palestinians have rarely had realistic political leadership; their demand for the so-called 'historical right of return' would be hysterical if it had not led to as much tragedy as it has.
But the real point, is what has America done about the fact that Palestinians and Israelis need their heads butted together?
In the last eight years, the answer has been "not much", as former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski clarifies on Morning Joe. This clip of Zbig punking Scarborough is rendered all the more meaningful in that it occurs in the presence of Brzezinski's daughter, Mika Brzezinski who had to have been rolling her eyes as the commercial cut in!