In which I go full old curmudgeon. The story was that Ronald Reagan never took off his coat or tie when he was in the Oval Office out of respect of the office. As I just found out, much effort has been put in by the internet to disprove this story because that’s what the internet does – belittle everything. But real life isn’t the internet, and the exceptions to the story are not what matter. The point is and remains that the office is greater than the individual holding it. Or at least so it should be.
Sea water desalination, the process by which sea water is made potable, or drinkable, has been a holy grail for sea adjacent, water starved regions around the world. From California to Israel, Egypt to Yemen and all of Northern Africa such would be a boon. In recent decades Israel has made major strides in developing this technology. Yes, the water produced is expensive compared to water pumped from a natural source, but to a place like Israel (or California) where there is no other choice, it makes life sustainable. Ah, but in this world, not so fast….
If I have heard it once, I have heard it a thousand time (thus making it the “conventional wisdom”) – “Nobody” wants Trump/Biden II in 2024. Time to call nonsense, if “nobody” wanted it, then we would not be getting it – at least apparently at the moment. Somebody must want it, apart from the two protagonists who obviously want it, or else we would be looking at other possibilities. So, what’s up?
Both Libya and Morocco are overwhelmed with natural disasters. A quake roughly similar to Southern California’s Northridge quake of the 90’s has hit outside Marrakech, but unlike LA and environs, the area was not prepared. Thousands are dead. Libya is suffering dam destroying flooding and again the body count is in the thousands. I am reminded of the blessings of living here in the United States where we have the resources to prepare for and respond to such disaster and such devastating loss of life. But I am also reminded of the Christian imperative to love our neighbor and our enemy. These are not nations we typically think of in a neighborly fashion and have thought of in adversarial terms. Our prayers and our treasure should come to the aid of both nations.
John Ellis this morning reminds us of a song by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris that reminds us of the victims of this date 22 years ago. This reminded me of the song that Alan Jackson penned and performed that captured how so many of us felt this day so many years ago. But as I continued to read Kabul over the weekend the song that came to my mind most prevalently about this date was Toby Keith’s patriotic and angry cry to “put a boot in their….” Remembrances this date should be about the victims – the thousands that died in the events of September 11, 2001, but our president is not even in country in what appears to be a cowardly attempt not to draw attention to his shameful withdrawal of our troops from the nation where those that harmed us trained and were harbored. But of course this is true, how would he dare remember those on whose graves he so unartfully spat – at a cost of additional American lives and the lives of our allies.
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