Good Start to the Week

Monday, October 09, 2006

I awoke to the news this morning that North Korea has "successfully" completed an underground nuclear weapons test. I have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, I'm a bit scared. I don't know a whole lot about North Korea these days other than what I hear from (mostly) the American news reports - usually something along the lines of "OOOoooooh North Korea is evil and Kim Jong Il is the devil". Maybe true, but it's likely an exaggeration. On the other hand, just to play devil's advocate (ha ha ha), why should they bow down to threats and pressure from a few other nations. They have the right to develop nuclear power as much as any other nation.

The build up to this event and the noise coming from the US government reminds me of the country's reaction to Iran's development of nuclear technology for what they claim is power generation. There's no evidence to suggest that Iran is planning on using this technology to blow up the US of A. There seems to be more of a threat of that from North Korea. I could be wrong on this so please, correct me if necessary, but nuclear power is an efficient, economical, and more environmentally friendly (barring major disasters...) way to generate power. It doesn't require the use of a non-renewable resource such as fossil fuels to generate power. Now, I'm not really fond of nuclear power based on the dangers involved if there are leaks or other problems, one only has to look at Chernobyl or Three Mile Island to get the idea.

However, it is not the United States job or right to FORBID other countries to do anything. AMERICA SAYS....NOOOOOOOOOOOO.

I'm having a big problem with the Bush government's attitude towards the rest of the world right now and frankly it angers me more than I'm able to express in words. If the US has a problem, they should go the United Nations. They are the world's police force, judge and jury - or at least that is what they were designed to be. However, increasingly it is the United States who has chosen to take on that role despite the fact that no one asked them too. Before Bush came into power (which is a WHOLE other story), their reputation around the world was not all that great, except with those countries who rely on the US for their position in the world's hierarchy. Then he weaseled his way into the oval office and has done everything he can to deteriorate that precarious postion with his knee jerk reactions to everything and his penchant for war. It's a good thing he won't be around after the next election - hopefully he won't have enough time to invade Iran like he wants to, declare war on North Korea, or take over Cuba. Chavez's "devil" speech to the UN which got a huge positive response (!!! yay !!!) should have been a slap up side of Bushy-boy's head and a wake up call to those who support his dictatorship. Oh yeah, I went THERE!

Speaking of Cuba, Raul Castro is denying reports that Fidel Castro is denying. Cuba worries me right now. Let me correct that. The situation and the possible reaction by the US worries me right now. I'm worried to see what the US will do when Fidel eventually does pass away. I have a feeling, and based on what I'd heard in the news when he first got sick a few months ago I'm probably not wrong, that the US will likely invade the tiny island nation once it's official that Castro is dead and try to do what it always does - impose it's form of democracy on the rest of the world. Yeah, that's the right thing to do....cause we all know how well it's worked out for the US. Good plan George, good plan. I'm not saying that a change of regime is a bad idea. It could and likely would be a good thing. However, there are some good things happening in Cuba without (or perhaps because of the lack of) interference of the US. I thought I had blogged about a documentary I had seen on CBC (where else!) but cannot find the post. Oh well. It involved sustainable farming practices, organic growing, and a return to traditional methods as opposed to the use of tractors and other farm machinery that destroy the soil and require oil/gas which are hard to come by in Cuba. I tried but can't find a link to the two part doc I watched on CBC. Nuts, it was really good.

EDIT: I found the link to the documentary called CUBA: The Accidental Revolution and was part of The Nature of Things with David Suzuki.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

This was a really well researched and well-thought piece. I cannot argue against anything that you've said.

The one positve note that I see is that increasingly more Americans are refusing to accept Bush's actions and are calling for him to be held accountable.

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