Sunday, September 19, 2010

Necessary Atonements

Today is Saturday, 18 September 2010.

As I and many others have pointed out many times, one of the most important characteristics of The Cold War is that the USA/USE and USSR fought it, in terms of actual casualties, dead and wounded, principally on the lands and in the bodies of others.

Efficient, perhaps, for their respective populations, and certainly more palatable, but a moral abomination.

And, as noted before, one of the principal exhibits in this hall of shame is Somalia, as an article in The New York Times of Thursday last demonstrates. Somalia has now lacked a central government for 19 years, “a record in modern times”. The article depicts the village of Wisil, with “a few thousand inhabitants, no running water, no electricity, no TVs”.

In this context, one of the things I find remarkable about 9/11 (and certain analogous attacks in Russia) isn’t that they happened, but that there have been so few of them. We’ve sown the winds, and have, thus far, reaped so few whirlwinds.

Today is Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It’s long past time that the citizens of the USA/USE and the Russian Empire begin to atone for their sins in The Cold War, and many others.

The article is found as below. Unfortunately, unless you’re a subscriber, it may now be behind a paywall.


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