Unrelated Thoughts

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Mr. Bush, tear down this wall!

In 1987 Ronald Reagan, referring to the Berlin Wall, challenged Mikhail Gorbachev with his famous line (he was an actor after all) “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Two years later, in 1989, the infamous wall was finally torn down…

The Berlin Wall (155 km long) was probably the most visible sign of the cold war, and a symbol of the inability of the communist state to keep its citizens from leaving when they could. It was an icon of totalitarianism.

What would you call then now the American attempt to build a 1000 km wall along the US-Mexican border?

They say they want to keep immigrants (and terrorists) from entering illegally to the US, therefore keeping the peace in that country. Congressman Duncan Hunter complained that “illegal aliens continue to funnel directly into many of our local communities and adversely impact our way of life by overwhelming our schools, inundating our healthcare system and, most concerning, threatening our safety”. Let me ask you if those words don’t sound similar to you to those arguments used by the Eastern German Propaganda Machinery to justify the erection of the Berlin Wall: “It all worked without a hitch! The measures to ensure peace caught our enemies entirely by surprise. The measures were solidly prepared. They were carried out with studied calm and exemplary order… A power has developed in Germany that can stand against barbaric militarism… Walter Ulbricht established peace in 1961 when he closed the doors to the provocations of warmongers and front city hyenas by bringing order to Potsdamer Platz”

Once bitten, twice shy?

No, we have a better one in Spanish: “el hombre es el único animal que tropieza dos veces con la misma piedra”, man is the only animal that trips twice over the same stone…

When will we learn from our past?

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Proven: Eminem Music is a Torture

While I enjoyed Eminem’s Stan, I actually don’t like most of his music. And apparently the US Government thinks that nobody does, for they’re using his music as a secret torture device in Afghanistan… I surely know many other artists whose music I would use as torture weapons!

In any case, his performance in 8 Mile was pretty good. Even if you don’t like his music, you may enjoy that movie.

Anyway, as they say, different strokes for different folks!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Is Ahmadinejad really wrong?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad caused international outcry by declaring that the Holocaust is a myth:

They have fabricated a legend under the name Massacre of the Jews, and they hold it higher than God himself, religion itself and the prophets themselves… If somebody in their country questions God, nobody says anything, but if somebody denies the myth of the massacre of Jews, the Zionist loudspeakers and the governments in the pay of Zionism will start to scream… If Germany and Austria believed that Jews were massacred during World War II, a state of Israel should be established on their soil… Our proposal is this: give a piece of your land in Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska so they (the Jews) can create their own state.

As you can imagine, his comments were condemned immediately by Israel and later by the European Union and the USA. What else could you expect, don’t you think?

The problem is he had at least two valid points, but he lost them with his there-was-no-massacre comments. First, he asked why did Europeans and Americans pay for their mistakes during WWII at expense of the Palestinians. I mean, let’s say that I have a fight with my neighbor at the left, and I kill all the cats living at his place. Why should I solve the problem by making my neighbor at the right receive all the cats in the neighborhood? Sorry if you didn’t like the cats example, but you got what I think.

And by the way, as far as I remember, the original plan (before settling for Palestine) was for creating an Israeli country in part of Uganda…

Of course Israel replied instantaneously. They always do. They’re experts in doing so… Again, I have nothing against them – how could I? –, but it has always troubled me that for them the main Hitlerian Master Plan was not about conquering Europe but about wiping Jews from the world. Of course I don’t care about what anyone thinks, but the problem is that they want everybody else to think like them…

And that was his second point. You can’t say anything against Israel or the Holocaust without finding yourself buried under tons of Zionist responses… And exactly, he did get buried under those responses…

I’m not an anti-Semite – before you put that tag on me –, and I condemn equally all the massacres: Jews during WWII, 70,000 people by terrorism in Peru, 5,000 people in the WTC, American Indians during the conquering of the “Wild West”… But I’m getting tired of having special programs every year on TV about the holocaust… in Peru! I mean, Peru is in South America, and we were not even slightly involved in WWII, but still we have to “remember” the tragedy year after year…

Sorry my Jewish friends, but you’re getting the opposite of what you want. I’m on your side, you know? I don’t like anybody killing anybody. But, as we say in Spanish, tanto va el cántaro al agua que al fin se rompe, "so many times the water pitcher goes to the well that it finally breaks". And your water pitcher is starting to break on me…

BTW, don’t you think that Arab Presidents should have something like a Minister in Common Sense or a Minister in Western Ways to help them avoid making these comments, so they don't get bombed?