No Ordinary Princess

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Friday, July 07, 2006

Simple Logic

I listen with interest to the most recent turns in the Middle and Far East. Israel has returned to Gaza, apparently seeking to secure the areas from which Palestinians can launch rockets into Israel. Meanwhile, a little to the right, North Korea is testing missiles, including missiles purportedly capable of reaching the American mainland.

It's all such a male mentality, the aggression and the posing. The strategy of the chess match eludes me, though it seems to me the game is getting more intense and dangerous. Why do boys always have to have the biggest, most colorful marble? (Now I'm showing my age.) And that marble would trade hands regularly, being worth the risk, if you thought you had the shot. Being a terribly valuable marble (usually a shooter), perhaps imbued with magical powers, it was sure to bring in quite a haul if wagered properly. But, lose such a gem!

We can continue to play the game of the swelling cajones, continually challenging others about whose are biggest. In that case, I wonder if the world as we know it will outlive me.

It seems to me very simple to resolve, really. Parenting 101. If everyone can't have some then NOBODY has any! Share it or lose it. If other countries, especially those "emerging from the Third World" "evolve" or "develop" enough to create the technology then they should be able to do as they choose with that technology. Plain and simple. They've earned it, just the way France and Russia and Israel and India have.

Oh, but the "emerging" nations aren't in The Good Old Boys' Club? Not part of The In Crowd? "New money?" Not quite good enough for that country club membership? Well, if one can't have, nobody can have. If nuclear weapons cannot become the property of every nation possessing the creativity, resources and desire (WHY?) to develop them, the only fair thing is for all nations to destroy their nuclear stockpiles, never develop nuclear weapons again and ensure and verify the destruction of all nuclear weapons and production capabilities.

Plain and simple.

Fair is fair.

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Blogger Refugee from Reason said...

Princess, I must disagree with you one a couple of points: "It's all such a male mentality..." I don't believe it is, rather just simple incompetence on the part of the so-called leadership. Second, the "match analogy" is an effront to those who play this game. One must think in advance when making chess moves and no one's ever accused this administration of forethought.

Take care.

7/7/06 3:33 AM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Hey, RR: Thanks for the thoughts, provoking as always.

The "male mentality" comment really wasn't meant to offend half the population. But the culture of competition and aggression that seems to fuel the nuclear arms race is so foreign to me. It seems to me the biggest perpetrators of such aggression are largely, historically, male. In my experience, women just don't seem to have the same drive to be the bigger, better, stronger and better-armed top dog.

I fully apologize for the chess analogy, though. Marbles is much more fitting, though seems many in the current administration have already lost theirs.

7/7/06 8:42 AM  
Blogger Refugee from Reason said...

Marbles requires dexterity. This is the guy who runs his bicycle into trees. I'm thinking the Candyland or Chutes and Ladders board games

7/7/06 5:32 PM  
Blogger Cheryl said...

Or maybe Pat-a-Cake. ; )

8/7/06 12:55 AM  

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