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  •  Death by a thousand simple=minded pundits. (8+ / 0-)

    Brooks seems to be unaware of the effects of two world wars and the subsequent (to each) of "borderizing" which ignored ethnic and historical rivalries, while facilitating the scheming and jostling by the major powers for oil and other mineral wealth.

    Implicit in what he's saying is that he is one of those who wants to commit American farm boys to go off to far-flung nations to get blown up for Wall Street and he's concerned about the dearth of jingoistic turkey-twaddle sufficient to convince them to do so.
    Perhaps we should re-instate the draft.

    For any David Brooks column, one has to ask oneself, "What is he trying to deflect, distract, from. What is he trying to mask, obfuscate? "

    We are in a world where oil is becoming scarcer, and climate change is going to kill millions, if not all of us, and is going to reshape patterns of human habitation and civilization, if civilization is allowed to continue.

    The global Wall Street and its assorted governments are going to be happy to produce more guns and gin up more religious hysteria to do battle over that last drop of oil, but we can't afford to get sucked into that, even if they start meeting our basic needs here.

    I agree with the diary that we have basic needs to be met here at home, but we also have to understand we're all in this lifeboat together, and it's getting more crowded every day. The solutions to the problems in the Ukraine and Syria etc. are extremely similar to the solutions to our own problems.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 06:39:30 AM PDT

    •  Yes. (3+ / 0-)
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      We are in a world where oil is becoming scarcer, and climate change is going to kill millions, if not all of us, and is going to reshape patterns of human habitation and civilization, if civilization is allowed to continue.

      The global Wall Street and its assorted governments are going to be happy to produce more guns and gin up more religious hysteria to do battle over that last drop of oil, but we can't afford to get sucked into that, even if they start meeting our basic needs here.

      Thank you.  The world is quivering on the brink of unimaginable disaster, and the powers that be are sending a marching band past us so that we won't notice the cliff until after we're falling.  

      "My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right." -- Sen Carl Schurz 1872

      by Calamity Jean on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:39:57 AM PDT

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