Obama loyalist Tom Friedman looks at the upheaval in the Middle East, listens to his president and feels he must resort to prayer. I suspects he prays with his eyes closed.
The reality frightens him too face with open eyes. He is not the only one. The witches brew that is the Middle East has began smoking, seeping and exploding in a manner best compared to the Japanese damaged nuclear facilities. In neither case do we posses well tested strategies to deal with the unfolding threats. Its improvisation time.
Improvisation is hard especially when the whole frightened world is watching. It is a small wonder Tepco president was rushed into the hospital suffering from tension related symptoms such as high blood pressure and nausea. He is blamed for failing to prepare for a one in a thousand year event in a country whose culture demands such the culprit pay for his mistake by falling on his sword literally.
I even feel sorry for poor, befuddle ideologically driven Barack Hussein Obama. Everybody insists he articulate a clear strategy when he has none. All he wishes to do is to continue to provide for his family in the manner they have become accustomed to and play and think sports like many of his fellow public employees.
Unfortunately, his advisers, who were supposed to take care of hard stuff, are full of contradictory advice. If that is not bad enough everybody demands clarity in a situation suffused with the fog of war.
No wonder even a disgustingly haughty New York Times columnist as Tom Friedman resort to prayer.
Why disgustingly haughty? What else would you call a columnist that contemptuous of his reader?
Welcome to the Middle East of 2011! You want the truth about it? You can’t handle the truth. The truth is that it’s a dangerous, violent, hope-filled and potentially hugely positive or explosive mess — fraught with moral and political ambiguities. We have to build democracy in the Middle East we’ve got, not the one we want — and this is the one we’ve got.
Of course, those of us, who have been exposing this truth for year, are called Islamophobic and Tom Friedman irrationally advocates that Israel make herself ever more vulnerable to this “explosive mess.” I guess he really trusts his ability to sway the “Dear Lord” or lady “luck!”
ABC reports that Barack Hussein Obama is also busy praying though not for the unfortunate Japanese or the Arab innocent civilians he supposedly (for in reality he is letting Qaddafi kill and abuse them) sent the navy to protect. As always, the man is focused on himself.
“My prayers sometimes are general: Lord, give me the strength to meet the challenges of my office,” he said. “Sometimes they’re specific: Lord, give me patience as I watch Malia go to her first dance. Where there will be boys, Lord, have that skirt get longer as she travels to that dance.”
Well, Americans know a phony when they see one. The numbers of those believing he is a Christian dropped to 34% by August 2010 while 43% say they have no idea what his religion is. Personally, I think it is call Narcissism.
MSM and the public disagree also when it comes to whether Japan or the Middle East is the more interesting story. 57% of the public thinks it is Japan and only 15% Libya. MSM disagrees. It spends 41% of its time on Libya and only 15% on Japan.
I wonder if the finding will alter the balance. In the meantime, let us pray with Friedman and Obama and try to forget that The Heavens belong to G-d and the Land he gave to humans.
For more, see my History News Network blog Deja vu
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