Sunday soapbox

Sunday’s soapbox is yours to use as you will – within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. You’re welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

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Science describes accurately from outside. poetry describes accurately from inside. Science explicates, poetry implicates, both celebrate what they describe. – Ursula K. Le Guin

One Response to Sunday soapbox

  1. Andrei says:

    The attack on Syria yesterday has had me thinking

    One striiking thing about it is it seems to have been toally symbolic and very little damage has been done in Syria – the “fog of war” thing is highly operant obviously

    But the thing that grabs me is the difference backgrounds of the major players – Donald Trump, Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron all of whom had highly priveldged childhoods and Vladimir Putin who did not

    VVP grew up in a poor part of Leningrad, a city still devasted by WW2 where 1.5 million people died, including two of his elder siblings who he of course never met and who now lie in a mass grave which he still visits regularly

    One of his anecdotes from his childhood in the mean streets of immediate post war Leningrad involves an encounter with a rat which he inadvertantly cornered which fought for its life and injured him in its determination to escape

    And the lesson he says he learned from this is to always give your opponant an escape route, a way out.

    The Russian Federation laid down the law prior to the attck what the consequences would be if Russian citizens or materials were hit and in this attack anywhere this could happen was scrupulously avoided severly limiting the targets to things of low value or none whatsoever

    And I wonder if this latest attack on Syria was a highly managed piece of theatre which allows the aforentioned Trump, May and Macron all of whom are struggling with domestic issues in their respective homelands to appear tough domestically while acheiving nothing at all – that VVP in his wisdom gave the Western “rats” who had cornered themselves with their bellicosty an escape route by providing a very expensive fireworks show over the skies of Syria

    Meantime the OPCW is working to establish the truth of what really happened in Douma though it is doubtful that when their report is issued it will receive wide coverage in the Western media

    We do live in interesting times

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