Friday, July 18, 2014

MUST READ ~ Naked Capitalism & STRATFOR: Reflections on an Unforgiving Day

Reflections on an Unforgiving Day Stratfor. Paul Tioxon:

On days like this, it is not the meltdown on Wall St or some other critical financial exchange that stops the world. It is that very old power of the warrior society within society that stops the world in its tracks and demands attention. The Stratfor piece is remarkable in its lack of speculation, lack of a rush to judgement, and a revealing pause to empathize with those people in other parts of the world who now know what it is like when violence, military violence of the most devastating order reaches out grabs and you by the throat. And even if you survive, you never forget the choking sense of death, your death, can happen on any ordinary day. And on a scale that includes your family, your community and your whole country. And we have witnessed such a day where the military power of nations is unleashed on civil society, for whatever reason, in several places, in escalating scope. FULL Naked Capitalism Links HERE



Reflections on an Unforgiving Day

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We ate breakfast to the news that an airliner had crashed in Ukraine. We had lunch to the news that Israel had invaded Gaza. An airliner crashing is perhaps more impactful than an invasion. We have all wondered, when we hear of a crash, or even in quiet moments on board an aircraft ourselves, what living our final moments in a plane plunging to earth, knowing that we will die, would be like. An invasion is harder for some of us to empathize with. Most of us have never invaded a country nor been in a country while it was invaded. But it shares this much with a plane crash: Your life is in danger, and your fate is out of your hands.

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