Friday, February 25, 2011

Too Little Too Late

I can't get the "Nero fiddles while Rome burns" image out of my mind as the Obama's party hearty with the Motown crowd at the White House. I know they like to entertain and do so often and lavishly but somehow as the middle east is crumbling before our eyes, I find the image troubling.

Today much is being made of the sanctions we're going to impose on Libya. Just what Libya are they going to impose them upon? Forget that sanctions don't work. Look at Iran. They may feel a bit of a crimp but it certainly isn't making them come around to our way of thinking.  There are other countries that fill in many of the gaps.

Libya is even worse. With the major cities falling to the protesters, all that will soon be left is Tripoli and a mad man, Gaddafi, if he doesn't take himself out or someone does it for him.

Ever since the people of the middle east have started taking on their repressive governments, we seem to have been behind the curve on responding and when we've finally gotten around to it there seems to be no passion to it. Of course it may have something to do with our having made pacts with all these devils and, yes, for those of you who think I'm picking on Obama, I know most recent administrations share the guilt.

No matter. We have to live with what's past. Hopefully as new governments form we won't make the same mistakes. Still, I'd like to see some outrage, some emotion regarding the despicable acts that are taking place.

With all that's going on in the world, the image of Joe Cool doesn't portray leadership. It portrays detachment. Either not understanding the gravity of the history unfolding or not caring or not knowing what to do about it.

I fear for us if it's the last.


Bay Views said...

Ya just keep making sense.

Anonymous said...

Partying with the Motown crowd is THE ONE THING he knows hows to do.