QUOTE OF THE DAY :
"It's better to burn out than to fade away."
LINK OF THE DAY : My Brother's Live Journal
I, A dull and muddy-mettled rascal, peak, Like John-a-dreams, unpregnant of my cause,
And can say nothing.
Finally feeling better. This god damned upper respiratory infection is on the run. My cough is almost gone, and I feel a hell of a lot better. Only been what... 2 friggin weeks !
I felt like such a jackass going to all these movie premieres at the Film Fest and coughing constantly throughout every movie. Oh well... it wasn't like I could help it. I had a right to be there... regardless of health... well unless I had SARS !
That's one thing that annoys me about Toronto's image. Whenever I speak to people in the US or elsewhere in the world... and I tell them I'm from Toronto. They immediately think of SARS. Admittedly SARS was here in Toronto, people in our fair city died from it. But we weren't dying in the streets... it wasn't running rampant... we weren't wearing masks.
The US media totally exaggerated it... like most things these days it seems. And what the US media does, the world follows. Hence, Toronto was known as the SARS capitol of North America, to be avoided at all costs. People actually thought if you go to Toronto you'll die. This was the perception in the US and the rest of the world.
You think the US reaction to SARS was bad... it's nothing compared to how they react to terrorism. You've all seen how they react. Admittedly with good reason... but they go way overboard with it.
Just what the world needs. The only remaining superpower in the world... scared shitless.
I watched all the 9/11 Second Anniversary stuff the other day. Very interesting, very depressing. The world is a different place. After one special presentation was over on CNN we were told we could buy a copy of this program. Titled : The Day The World Changed.
3000 people died. Most of them Americans, and about 40 Canadians. An incredible tragedy... that changed my life. This was an unfathomable event in Western society that many deaths at once. Somehow it seems that an American life is valued above all others. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in Africa in the past year. Brutal genocides take place while the world stands idly by. BUT WAIT ! 3000 North Americans were killed... we can't let that stand. Obviously we can't let that stand, and I support the war on terrorism. It's just the notion that my life is somehow worth more than a person Africa's life that bothers me. I support the war on terrorism, I do not however support the Bush Doctrine.
9/11 was the day we got to see what a real American looked like. Please do not interpret this as anti American in any way.
The US is a frightened dog. A pitbull, on steroids, backed into a corner and surrounded. At least this is the perception by them.
September 11th gave them an excuse to extend their interests around the world. Sadly many innocent people have died and will die as a result of this Bush-Doctrine.
The Bush Doctrine gives the US the right to pre-emptively defend their interests around the world. This means that if you're a country the US deems a threat... even if you haven't actually done anything... they can go in and "liberate" your people and oust the leadership.
We've seen it in Afghanistan, Iraq and we'll more likely than not see it again in the future. *COUGH* North Korea.
The world is better off without the Taliban, and without Saddam Hussein. And it will be better off without Kim Jong Il. But what gives the US the right to "liberate" these people ? Well they give themselves the right. Protect American freedom at any cost. If that means hundreds of Iraqi citizens die... so be it.
An example of this will be North Korea. Oh it will happen. Bush's Axis of Evil is down to two nations. Iran and North Korea. I don't think anything will happen with Iran in the near future. But the US is actually considering a military option with North Korea. This is absolutely insane. And I'll tell you why:
1. The Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, hence forth known as The DPRK, has one of the largest standing armies in the world. That's all they do over there basically... all the money goes into the military. It is a militarized nation.
2. The DPRK has more than 100,000 troops and massive artillery less than 30 KM's from Seoul South Korea. It's more than likely that if the US attempts a military solution, the DPRK forces will have bombarded and invaded the city of Seoul the capitol of South Korea... causing massive civilian casualties.
3. The US has said it themselves... The DPRK has at least 2 or more nuclear weapons. They also have missiles capable of hitting any city in Japan(A close US ally) and potentially have missles capable of hitting the continental United States.
I don't want to see the smoking crater that used to be Tokyo or Los Angeles. We're talking hundreds of thousands of casualties.
4. The only way to win this kind of war is with tactical nuclear weapons. Tokyo or San Francisco get nuked... and the US ain't going to hesitate to use these things. That happens and the US has violated numerous nuclear weapons treaties it has signed. Other countries like Russia and China see this... what do they think ? Well hey if the US can use tactical nukes so can we. Next thing you know Russia is nuking Checnya, China is nuking Taiwan... India and Pakistan see this... and say well hey everyone else is doing it. That's World War 4* people !
Plus North Korea and China are pals... so you have the potential of the US going to war with China after that. Hmm... 300 million versus 1.5 billion people. Who would you pick to come out on top ?
Wow. how the fuck did this go from a conversation about my lung ailments to World War 4 ? Damn... gotta love my crazy train of thought. I hope this made a little sense to people.
I apologize for the length of the post, but it is a subject that I have thought a great deal about.
* Recently the general consensus among war historians, intelligence agencies and politicians is that World War 3 has infact already taken place. It was the Cold War. And if you think about it, it's true. Two sides, NATO and the Warsaw Pact in a stale mate for 50 years. The battles of World War 3 were fought through other nations. Korea, Cuba, Vietnam, Afghanistan and all over the middle east and South America. Both sides of these conflicts were funded by either the US or USSR. They never actually fought eachother, but rather made other people fight their battles for them.