George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New London,
RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section. It will offer fresh,
quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in
this rapid-fire world of ours. Of course, as in military campaigns,
a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed
by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction. Charge that to
"the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or military
campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission will always
be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick", supported
by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.
That's all I promise.
to return to the current Rapid Response list
SATURDAY through WEDNESDAY, January
29 through February 2, 2005
Let me simplify things for myself: READ THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.
It's the best collection of news and articles that you can find on a week-day
basis. The most recent example is yesterday's edition, which has
several articles on the Social Security debate getting under way...and
from commentators on all sides of the issue. You can't ask for anything
National and international travel: bad and getting worse.
For a sample, see my friend Morgan McGinley's article in The Day on Sunday
("The Woes Of Travel", Sunday, Jan. 30, 2005, Perspective, pB1).
I thought that what was supposed to happen with "de-regulation" of the
airlines was "survival of the fittest", with the weak going bankrupt...and
not being subsidized to come out. But we seem to have taken up the
same game plan as that of Japan, where the weakest industries have been
propped up - to the detriment of the whole Japanese economy - over the
last decade. (The most recent example is their efforts on behalf of their
weakest auto maker, Mitsubishi. It might be good or necessary social
policy...but it's lousy business: a race to the bottom. And
now we hear that the administration plans to remove the subsidy for Amtrak.
Within the above context, WHY?
When is that great deliberative body, the Congess of the United States,
going to debate something substantive...like the definition of "torture",
its applicability to "terrorists", and the relevance and applicability
of the Geneva Conventions of War to the entire question? And what
about the death penalty? In the absence of such debate and
resolution on a national level, we have the spectacle of sometimes arrogant
judicial legislation. That is not what our democracy is about.
President George W. Bush: much more than the Democrats bargained
for, and more than the Republicans had a right to expect. Hang on
tight; we're in for a good ride, this time in the right direction. (See
WSJ today, Opinion, pA14).
FRIDAY, January 28, 2005
New London, Ct. "...a gritty place...a town with a heart";
"the town too tough to die"; "can't kill it with a stick"; "one of the
garden spots of the world"; "a hip little city"....All of these comments
are true, as we who came here as pioneers in 1963 will gladly attest.
A city with three colleges within its boundaries; with the Garde Arts Center
and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony - as good as it gets; with enough
and varied eating places to challenge any gourmand; with a top-notch medical
community; with politics as "local" and entertaining as anywhere in the
country; with a 40 year commitment to taking care of its own...elderly,
poor, minorities - and many of those of surrounding communities; and a
two hour drive from both Boston and New York City. The somewhat more
up-scale communities around us are never described with such spirit and
affection...a deep sense of community. A good place to live.
I can't resist another comment on Senator Kennedy. I've heard
it said that he pops off like that because he now has nothing to lose;
nothing, that is, except his mind. (See also today's article by Charles
Krauthammer in The Day, Commentary, pA9: "Senate Democrats May Pay A
Heavy Price For Their Attacks On Rice".)
The "Oscars" and The Passion of The Christ". Reminds me of
Groucho Marx's famous comment:"I would never join a club that would have
me." That film is in a class by itself.
Anytime you need crank case full of chuckles, tune into The Tappet
Brothers, Click and Clack, Saturdays on National Public Radio. They
are ably assisted by a staff including their statistician Marge Inavera
and their researcher Erasmus B. Dragon.
MONDAY through THURSDAY, January
24 through 27, 2005
The terrible losses of American soldiers continue. There is never
a good loss; but it is less when the mission is right. What is really
a loss is the targeted denegration by Democratic Senators of Dr. Rice,
for the specific purpose of doing only that. Not a way to help their
country, but rather mean-spirited self-indulgence by the world's worst
losers. And now comes Senator Kennedy, one of the worst of
them, who today...two days before the Iraq election...erupts in a demand
for us to pull out through an announced specific timetable. This
man has arrived beyond the embodiment of the Democratic Party symbol.
His cognitive abilities now have to be called into question.
Meanwhile, King Fahd , Crown Prince Abdullah and the highest Muslim cleric
in Saudi Arabia have this week all condemned terrorism and the terrorists
as being part of a usurpation and bastardization of the great religion
of Islam. And Charles Krauthammer reports successes rarely printed
in the liberal press ("Great Project Of Bush Administration Is Strengthening",
The Day, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005, Commentary, pA7). With all this
going on, including the sacrifices of Americans on behalf of a free Iraq,
we can only hope that the Iraqi people will finally pick up their own sword
and shield in their own interests...first of all by voting in great numbers
on January 30. It will be about time.
SUNDAY, January 23, 2005
Today's news provides fertile ground for comment...or maybe it's just
the Blizzard of 2005.
On special Armed Forces commandos assigned to protect the President this
week, and on "Posse Comitatus", I was relieved to read that the
1887 law is not totally precluding cooperation between State, local and
Federal forces from protecting this country from terrorism. It also
might not be a bad idea to bridge the gun rights issue by considering establishing
militias" and restricting the AK-47 type weapons to them...instead
of allowing them in the hands of just anyone. I will also repeat
for emphasis: what this country, and its young people, need is a fair and
Now we have an Uncle Sam Diet. It looks a lot like the Mediterranean
diet that we have been touting recently (see www.medidietresources.com)
, except for its stress on calorie-counting and its having placed meat
in the same food group with fish and poultry, undoubtedly a political accommodation.
Together with new requirements to remove trans fats (partially hydrogenated
vegetable oils) from commercial foodstuffs, it is certainly a step in the
Liberty, and President Bush's Inaugural Address. Here
come all the nay-sayers trying to negate or at least dilute the message
- including the President's father. No vision, no guts, no glory.
Let the man articulate his own vision. That's what leaders are for.
Evolution and Intelligent Design. Can anyone who has lived
more than a few years, or who has seen the findings and implications of
the Hubble telescope deny at least as valid a theory as that of an "Intelligent
Design and Designer? In addition, both theories are compatible.
So, why not refer to it in our schools? Or is this another example
of academic intolerance for which some of our best institutions
of higher learning have become notorious? The most recent flap over
the comments of Harvard President Lawrence Summers come to mind (see "Sex
Ed At Harvard", by Charles Murray, NYTimes, today, Wk - Op-Ed, p17).
Not surprisingly, today's NYTimes editorial is on the wrong side of this
issue also ("The Crafty Attacks on Evolution", Wk - Editorials and
Former Connecticut Governor Rowland may have caught a big break
today (see "No Laws Broken In CRRA-Enron Deal", The Day today, Section
D5). Judge Carroll found "in his report that Rowland had no role
in the deal before it was approved by the CRRA board." Could it be
that John Rowland was guilty of only gross stupidity and that he may avoid
actual jail time?
The Pope has reportedly once again condemned the use of condoms,
despite the pandemic of AIDS. God forgive me if I'm wrong but, Your
Holiness...that just does not compute.
Here's a non-sequitur: "Ross Keeps Himself At Center Stage"
(The Day today, pA1,6). NOT. It is everybody else, and the
press, who are doing that. Let the man pay for his crimes and die
in peace. Requiescat in Pacem.
SATURDAY, January 22, 2005
Anyone wishing to get better insight into the morass that is the Middle
East is well advised to read Thomas Friedman's NYTimes articles
regularly, and to read his book on the subject: "Longitudes and Attitudes",
Farrar-Straus-Giroux, New York, 2002). His most recent offering (The
Day, January 19, 2005, Commentary, pA7) is of a piece with the rest, supporting
the coming Iraqi elections as a way for these Muslims to have more control
over their future. "People with the responsibility and opportunity
to run their own lives focus on their own lives - not on us. More
of that would be a very good thing."
Abortion...the Slavery issue of the 20th and 21st century.
Today we remember the disaster that was Roe v. Wade, a judicial
abuse of power that was based not on Law, not on Medicine, and certainly
not on Morality. And all these years later we still have the pro-abortion
fanatics totally ignoring the Medicine and the Morality by ignoring the
existence of the fetus as a concern at all. The latest iterations
of this arrogance are the "Plan B" pill (abortion) and a straight-faced
proposal involving "creating a new type of biological entity that can
produce stem cells but would not rise to the moral status of a human embryo"
Medical News, Jan. 3-10, 2005, Professional Issues, p10). The Nazi
regime already did that; they were called "Untermenschen."
MONDAY through FRIDAY, January 17
through 21, 2005
Sorry about the interruption. But I still have been "on the beat".
The President's Second Inaugural Address. Conditioning the
survival of our own liberty and security to the "success of liberty in
other lands", and then notifying those other lands that our relationship
with them will be predicated on how they embrace this human right for their
own peoples, is as transforming as that of President Lincoln with the Emancipation
Proclamation...not his plan in his first administration but what assured
his greatness. As was true of Lincoln, Jefferson and Jackson in their
presidencies, all of whom took vital actions not then generally accepted
to be within their presidential powers, George Bush dares to push the envelope
for the benefit of this country. That's leadership.
Meanwhile, look up "perseveration" in a medical dictionary.
This from Stedman's Medical Dictionary: "the constant repetition of
a meaningless word or phrase; in Clinical Psychology, the uncontrollable
repetition of a previously appropriate or correct response, even though
the repeated response has since become inappropriate or incorrect."
That reminds me of the constant Democratic carping going on, especially
regarding our pre-emptive attack on Iraq. Beware. It is a sign
of mental illness.
SUNDAY, January 16, 2005
Adoption. The case of the five year old boy in Florida is
another example of judges and some legislators having forgotten a basic
goal in family law: the best interests of the child.
Of course, adoptions should require the agreement of biologic mother and
putative father. But they should be supported by prompt and enforceable
of parental rights, for the benefit of the child and of the adopting
parents. As sensible as this seems, many states make a mockery of
this procedure. Arizona is an example of how to do it right.
Connecticut is not. And, obviously, Florida can use some work too.
Specialist Charles Graner, Jr. As is true with "civil disobedience",
a military person is in no way obliged to comply with an illegal order,
as long as he is prepared to face prosecution for such action. "I
was only following orders" was not good in Nurenberg; it's still not
Anyone interested in New London, Ct. would do well to read today's
The Day. A poll of our citizens gives comforting support to the concept
of this as "one of the garden spots of the world." But keep that
a secret. We don't want our life style spoiled...by anyone but ourselves,
of course. That's my current reaction to the revival of a periodic
proposal that we go to a "strong Mayor" form of government. In a
city where Democrats have dominated the scene for decades, that sounds
to like the return of machine politics. Why not simply try having
the City Manager be responsive to a City Council that actually tasks him
and requires results on a meeting -by -meeting basis? It worked when
I served on the Council, with Frank Driscoll as City Manager, 1975-1977.
Pope Pius XII. "Italian paper says Hitler planned to have
Pius Xll kidnapped...cited the head of the SS in German-occupied Rome,
saying that Hitler considered Pius a 'friend of the Jews'". (The Day,
today, pA2). The history of the Pope, the Catholic Church and WW
II can be reviewed in detail in a monograph published by my wife, Therese,
in the mid-1980's, and re-produced on this web-site (Poland
and the Catholic Church During the Nazi Domination).
FRIDAY through SATURDAY, January
14 through 15, 2005
National Public Radio continues to be worth listening to, despite
the perpetual liberal bias that its hosts highlight, through guests and
commentary. One of the best of these is the Dianne Rheam Show, weekdays
at 10 AM on 89.9FM in our area. As liberal as the rest, she always
includes guests who give at least a modicum of conservative outlook.
For example, yesterday, Tony Blakely (of the Washington Post?), commenting
on the strident liberal push toward secularization of our society (ie.
"freedom from religion"), defined these types as "secular fundamentalists",
as much a religion as any other. How does that grab you ultra-liberals?
Iraq. Now it is being called a "training ground for terrorists",
and supposedly our fault. What nonsense. The terrorists came
first...remember? And it will be better to have them "training" under
our close observation (as soon as we place enough forces there), where
their graduation ceremony will be their funeral. Regarding troop
strength, one apparent apologist for the current wrong-headed policy (read
"Secretary Rumsfeld") makes the right diagnosis, but timidly fails to proceed
to the logical treatment (see "A Few More Good Men", by Edward N.
Luttwak, WSJ yestereday, Opinion pA8).
More on Public Education. Read "No Teacher Left Behind",
by Terry M. Moe, WSJ Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, Opinion pA12).
It is about the teachers' unions, the most powerful, counterproductive
and corrosive unions in this country today. Another example
of the whole being a great deal less than the sum of its parts.
Genetic testing. Beware. There are no adequate
privacy controls for this information, which in the wrong hands could
ruin permanently one's insurability and employability. And now comes
an article in the WSJ (again) entitled "DNA-Disease Links Aren't Always
As Real As They First Appear" (by Sharon Begley, yesterday, Marketplace,
pB1). "Geneticists have been embarrassed at how many claims of gene-disease
links fail to 'replicate.' That is, after the initial claim there
is either a deafening silence, with no follow-up studies confirming the
association, or an outright refutation." Then there is the personal
devastation that may eliminate hope, always a terrible wrong.
MONDAY through THURSDAY, January
10 through 13, 2005
The independent report on CBS and Dan Rather. The story really
begins at least with Bernard Goldberg's book entitled "Bias" (Regnery Publishing,
Inc., 2002)...and really with the biblical injunction: "Pride goeth
before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall". And
I sure don't believe the finding that "the report was not politically motivated
by CBS executives".
Stories keep popping up regarding some schools in the country, and their
efforts to make the country free from religion and even free
from patriotism. Schools are a strange place to find the descendants
of Savonarola and the Nazi book burners.
Iraq. L. Paul Bremer III, the "regent" over that country for
many months after the war, defends his decision to disband the Iraqi
Army ("The Right Call", WSJ, yesterday, Opinion, pA10). Now who is
going to defend the pitifully inadequate effort to establish security there?
"Incredibly stupid". The British have a way with words; these
are the words one commentator used to describe Prince Harry's most
recent effort to be his own man (boy?). Can you imagine if William
Shakespeare were writing today and had the House of Windsor as fodder for
And more about Stupid. Polio is on the rise again in
Africa (and AIDs continues to ravage the continent), because Muslim
clerics preach against vaccination as another kind of Western plot.
Lord, save those people from themselves.
The NIH yesterday embraced the Mediterranean Diet without mentioning
the term, although they still threw a bone to the cattle industry by lumping
beef with fish and poultry in the new food pyramid. Regarding our
own efforts in that direction, as noted earlier in this section, you can
soon see a "work in progress" at www.medidietresources.com.
The Death Penalty. More debate...and more ambivalence.
This important issue is on the front burner in Connecticut with the scheduled
execution of serial killer Michael Ross. See "Clergy...and Poll",
The Day today, Region, pC1). I heard today a verbatim response by
Ross to the question regarding whether, if life without parole were offered
to him now, he would accept it. His answer was "Yes. To do
otherwise would be suicide; and that's not what I'm about". And yet,
anti-capital punishment people are trying to have him declared incompetent
for refusing to challenge the death sentence any longer. It would
appear that another issue is in play here: the constitutionally established
right of individual self-determination in matters of life and death, excluding
suicide. I also continue to be somewhat ambivalent, although
I continue to support the right of organized society to protect itself
by means including the ultimate penalty - so long as the actual execution
in no way involves the participation of the Medical Profession.
That's the best I can do...for now.
SUNDAY, January 9, 2005
The new Bush #1 - Clinton Team. This could be a unique task
force for President Bush #2...if it is not overused. Perhaps they
can seek a Western approach to the morass called Africa, reeling under
despots and demagoguery, militant (or self-serving) Islam, AIDS, Malaria,
and latter - day slavery. One approach might involve an "Adopt A
Nation" plan by the Western powers, something less than benign or economic
colonialism, but more than heartless neglect. Such a light would
at least be "worth the candle".
The Patriot Act, and the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004.
See "The Patriot Act Just Got A Whole Lot Worse", by former Judge
Andrew P. Napolitano, in The Day today, Perspective, pC1. Perhaps
now would be the time for our legislative representatives to READ THE ACTS,
and make necessary changes.
The New London City Council. Every day, in every way, I continue
to be under-whelmed. How good citizens can often lose stature,
rather than gaining it, after being elected to a public body - especially
at the local level where "politics" really should not matter - is a discouraging
but necessary study in the soft under-belly of democracy.
Medical Malpractice Reform. This will not be popular with
some of my medical colleagues; but it is certainly consistent with everything
I have been stating and writing for about 25 years (much of it to be found
on this web-site). See the Editorial in today's, NYTimes, entitled
Mythology" (Wk p12).
Finally, a heart-warming article in today's The Day about an ex-patriot
wannabe to France who changed her mind after getting a taste of
it ("Ex-Patriot Dreams: Waking To Realize There's No Place Like Home",
by Peg Moran, Perspective, pC1). Perhaps she also realized what General
Patton expressed decades earlier: "I'd rather have a German tank in front
of me than a French tank behind me".
SATURDAY, January 8, 2005
Three more recurring stories that warrant comment:
Social Security. The administration needs to be more forthcoming
with details of its recommendations for revision. One recent report,
allowing "4 1/2%" of a worker's payroll taxes to be invested through a
private account turns out to be 4 1/2% OF THE 6 1/2 % CONTRIBUTION currently
going into the Social Security Fund. That looks like 2/3 of the
worker's annual contribution subject to stock market activity.
If so, that's too much of a crap shoot. Will someone please clarify?
Also, will current and future payouts to current recipients of Social Security
be reduced under any proposals under consideration? Social Security
must be revised, especially by ceasing its use as a piggy bank for the
general fund. But Republicans and President Bush would be well advised
to be totally up-front with the American people on this issue...or they
may find themselves in the political desert for 40 years, in spite of the
Democrats best efforts.
Michael Jackson. What's going on here? All the delay
and intrigue is starting to bring to mind the injustices of the day-care
cases in Massachusetts two decades ago; and the problems of "prosecutorial
misconduct" that frequently raise their ugly head. Michael Jackson
is innocent until proven guilty...and it's starting to look like he may
be innocent altogether. After all this, he should at least
get his day in court...not like O.J.Simpson, whose judge's confused conduct
of his trial forever precluded a clear finding of guilt or innocence in
that case. (And in any case where prosecutorial misconduct
is found that leads to a false conviction, the prosecutor(s) at fault should
be sentenced to serve the same term).
The Army, and the forces in Iraq. Now Secretary Rumsfeld
recently used the term "bleak" to describe the situation. I am reminded
of another term, learned in German class, to describe this picture: "Dicke
FRIDAY, January 7, 2005
The interrogation of Alberto Gonzales yesterday proceeded as expected:
tale as told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing".
Alright, I'll admit to a little hyperbole here...but not much. The
Democrats seem to care little about the facts surrounding the issues of
terrorism, "torture" and interrogation techniques. Their goal is
to make Judge Gonzales damaged goods for any future nomination proceeding.
Two articles in yesterday's WSJ (Opinion, pA16) do address the facts: 1)
Nice For Our Own Good", by Heather Mac Donald; and 2) the editorial
Showdown". As expressed in the editorial: "By all means let's
have a debate over interrogating terrorists".
The Army, again. Now the arm-chair generals in the Pentagon
want a waiver from Secretary Rumsfeld to ignore the two year limitation
on call-up of National Guard members and to retain or re-call them essentially
indefinitely. Where is the "full faith and credit" of the Federal
Government now? We all have a great stake in the direction of this
"new Army", which is putting band-aids on cancer. And these are also
our friends and neighbors Any fair-minded person should now
recognize the good sense that a fair draft makes...for the Army
and for any inductees. Talk it up. "This is the time
for all good men (and women) to come to the aid of their country."
MONDAY through THURSDAY, January
3 through 6, 2005
A number of issues to be addressed today, as always demonstrating involvement
and, hopefully, common sense.
Afganistan. Our government is trying to decide what to do
with the current massive crop of opium ready for harvesting.
What's to decide? Pre-emptive destruction, with reasonable
compensation for the growers - but not for the intermediate criminal elements
- is the way to go...finally. That has always been what should be
done with the coca harvests in the Caribbean. And it should be effected
without prior knowledge of the State Department, so that they can have
"plausable deniability". That is how to use power for good.
The current flap over Attorney-General nominee Alberto Gonzalez
is all about damaging this good man in anticipation of a probable U.S.S.C.
nomination. His critics know or should know that the issues about
terrorism and the need for information over two years ago were different
from the present climate. Furthermore, certain crimes...like any
terrorism, or like trafficking in child slavery...should be dealt with
through Summary Justice and not according to either Hoyle or Geneva.
Whether in these contexts or in relation to the death penalty, society
has an inherent right of self-defense.
Pledge vs. actually Give. We should know which countries have
pledged and not given in the past. Current comments from the U.N.,
without more, float the suggestion that America has been one of the welshing
nations. I want to know.
"The Army We Need". This editorial in the NYTimes on Sunday,
Jan. 2 (Wk p8), together with today's report from the commanding general
of the Army Reserves ("a broken force") should raise this issue to a
critical level within the Bush administration. With or without
the agreement of Secretary Rumsfeld and some of the Army brass (comfortable
in their present assignments), this country needs a substantial expansion
of our military, especially the Army...and we need a fair draft
to accomplish this. Perhaps President Bush should recall that
the best general Abraham Lincoln had during the Civil War was...Abraham
Eminent Domain, in New London, Ct., in the nation, and in the U.S.
Supreme Court: right cause; wrong case.
Flexible health spending accounts, discussed recently in this section,
were just dealt another blow: "Treasury Secretary John Snow rejected a
request by the Senate Finance Committee's chairman to modify a heavily
criticized rule that forces participants to lose any money left in their
accouhts at the end of the year" (WSJ yesterday, Personal Journal, pD1).
And he had the gall to try to justify that position by an alleged concern
over the effect of such action on increasingly popular HSA's...but still
obstructed by the health insurance industry and their operatives. The
fix is in. You should contact your legislators on this one.
Good, Evil, Tragedy and God. Those of little Faith are particularly
shaken by events like the recent disaster in the Indian Ocean. The
rest of us remember that the greatest gifts God bestowed upon us are free
will, the intelligence to use it, and a means of salvation despite its
mis-use. Whether relating to tsunamis, asteroids, global
warming, Saddam Hussein, or how we treat our neighbor, we have choices.
And all those choices have consequences. Personally, I can live with
that...and with the rock-solid knowledge that God loves me.
SUNDAY, January 2, 2005
As predicted earlier this week in this section, the terrible aftermath
of the tsunami in the South Asia countries...which will be with
us for years...has great potential for a silver lining. Not
only can the poor people of these nations be nudged toward 21st century
life and opportunity with the massive influx of aid; but the Western world
has a unique opportunity to demonstrate to the Muslim world that we all
really believe in the same God, and that we act accordingly. Our
actions in the coming months and years can undermine the world of terrorism,
festering and growing in all these countries, more effectively than can
the entire military might of the U.S. and all its allies. Meanwhile,
on the ground, why are the leaders of the affected nations waiting for
massive epidemics to kill thousands more of their citizens? The
dead should not be buried in shallow graves after days in the sun and humidity.
For the safety of the living, they should be burned promptly. Any
traditional nuances and practices regarding dealing with the dead must
fall before the belief common to all religions: that the soul leaves the
body at the time of death. Let's do the right thing here!
After denigrating the initial response of the Bush administration to the
great tragedy, a measured response that continues to be measured according
to new information, the "usual suspects" now decry the supposed lack
of funds in the Federal budget to get the job done. Never in
such liberal commentaries is mentioned the effects of GROWTH. Lest
we forget: the payoff of Federal deficits and the development of surpluses
in the 1990's was due almost entirely to GROWTH...the most productive decade
in American business history as we experienced the Second Industrial Revolution.
That is how it will all get done: through growth and increased productivity.
As was expressed decades ago, "THE BUSINESS OF AMERICA IS BUSINESS".
Today's article by George Will (The Day, Perspective, pC6) accurately addresses
the proper approach to two perennial issues facing America: abortion
and the death penalty. A hint: limited Federal and Judicial power,
si; expanded Federal and usurping Judicial power, no.
Meanwhile, an article by Osborn Elliott entitled "Red Nation/Blue Nation"
(The Day, today, Perspective, pC1) performs a public service by giving
the lie to the impression that this country is deeply divided by geographic
areas. Yes, we are divided regarding some things. But our color
is more like purple as we hold our breath straining to come to terms...with
our families and neighbors, and sometimes with ourselves .
Iraq. More carnage by terroists and criminals. When
is our side going to effect some retribution? "Vengance Is
Mine", sayeth the Lord; "I Shall Repay". But can't we get a little
down-payment now? It would seem like merely Justice.
SATURDAY, January 1, 2005
Everyone has his choice for the Number One Story of 2004.
Mine is The Discovery of Obesity. We have finally made a national
diagnosis...that was staring us in the face. Now on to treatment.
Watch for more on the offerings of Mediterranean Diet Enterprises, Inc.,
including via our work in progress: www.medidietresources.com.
If you want another opinion about the most important stories of 2004, see
The Day today, pA5. That includes the Day Editorial, sub-titled "A
Few Basic Ideas That Could Improve Your Life" (Opinion, pA6). One
idea particularly caught my attention: "Dine occasionally with older people".
Morgan, does that mean that we're going to get out to lunch together soon?
More on Iraq. Throughout the last year, I have been critical
of the poor efforts made by the Iraqi people themselves in their own behalf
in their quest for democracy and freedom. That is still somewhat
true. But, lest we Americans get to feeling too superior in that
regard, consider what it took us to get where we are today: the American
Revolution and the War of 1812, in both cases where we had to deal with
"Loyalists"; the Civil War and the turmoil leading up to it; 100 years
of Jim Crow and KKK...after the Emancipation Proclamation; 50 years of
suppressing the Indians; our brief foray into colonialism.
We certainly have been making up for all that throughout the world throughout
the 20th century. So, whatever the sub-plots and added motivations
we may have for being in Iraq, our efforts there now should be regarded
as of a piece with our better natures so prominently displayed since 1914.
Stay the course. 2005 will be better.