Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Man, Man, Man....

This thing in Mumbai is troubling.

It appears to have the potential to turn an already volatile situation between Pakistan and India even worse, and just adds another item to the to-do list of President-elect Barack Hussein Obama. More importantly, nearly 200 people died, some of them after being tortured, and the world has even more proof that terrorists still have the power to strike anybody anywhere.

Like I said, it's troubling.

I've been trying to decide how I wanted to write about this issue for a few days. I even had a disjointed, piece of crap blog finished, but I threw it out once I realized just how bad it was.

I'm no foreign policy expert, and I'm not even a political expert. Truthfully, all I can really do is watch people for a short amount of time and make pretty good guesses about how they view the world. I'm also not half-bad at writing down my guesses in a way that entertains people.

I say all that because unlike most of the talking heads on television and on the web, I don't want to pretend like I know what this means for America or the world. I don't.

All I know is that it hurts my heart that hundreds of families were devastated this weekend. It pains me that so many people died such horrible deaths. I'm appalled that no one had any inkling this activity was being planned, and it's shocking how poorly officials in India responded to what happened.

I'm dismayed by the rapidly growing expectations for Obama's presidency, and I'm disgusted by the way his victory has been used by some idiots to promote their hateful ideology. I'm happy that no one I loved was hurt in those attacks, but I'm frightened because I know there is no guarantee that will be the case next time.

However, I'm encouraged by one thing. In the Book of Job, Chapter 2 Verse 10, Job says "...What? Shall we receive good from God and shall we not receive evil..."

Life is full of suffering and prosperity, full of good and evil. When we learn to take these changes in stride we learn the true meaning of peace and the true benefit of faith.

Until then, we can only mutter "man, man, man..."




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5 comments:

MacDaddy said...

Big Man: One of those countries--India, I think-- has nuclear weapons. That's scary!

Diplomacy is needed now more than ever.

Big Man said...

Actually, I'm pretty sure both Pakistan and India have nuclear weapons, but Pakistan is quickly become unstable and their nukes could fall into the hands of terrorists.

I've said it before, but it's worth repeating, George W. Bush is the worst president ever. Period.

Deacon Blue said...

Worse, the anger isn't simply between India and Pakistand, though that is the most glaring thing.

I had a roommate some years back who was Indian, and he had such a hate on for China over something between India and China that he literally wanted his nation to nuke the "rice farmers in their paddies" as he put it.

MacDaddy said...

Big Man: You're right. They both got nuclear weapons...It would be really cool if the Obama administration could get them do a sit-down. Good post.

Kit (Keep It Trill) said...

Well, you know what I think.

Raving Black Lunatic