|THIS IS TAKING CARE?
It must be an epidemic, or the side effect of this unusual weather. In any
case, people are playing naive all over the place. And they do not limit themselves to
doing in the privacy of their own home. No, they do it in public, or, at least, they write
the editor. Here are two examples from the San Francisco Chronicle.
Editor - President Clinton says that America takes care of its own. (He is referring
to Mr. Clinton's remark when our beloved President was talking about the three soldiers
that were captured in Yugoslavia) I suppose this is why thousands of Americans sleep on
the streets each night, 14 million Americans live in food insecurity, and 43 million
Americans have no health insurance. God help America if this is how the government takes
care of its citizens. The only ones the government really cares for, are the corporations
which receive 125 billion in "welfare" each year.
Paul H. Taylor
Did you hear that? Paul, Paul, you know that other people's problems always look easier to
solve than our own. Tell me one thing: did any of your friends ever complain about
his/hers relationship to you, and did you think that in that same situation you'd know
exactly what to do?
Our own problems always look complicated and messy, while problems of those nations that
are half-way around the world look simple. It's easy to offer solutions to the others,
even more so because we usually don't have to deal with the aftermath and side effects of
the problem solving. As for our three soldiers, can you imagine what would've happened if
Milosevic released them? That would've been a major PR victory for him. How would we
explain to the world that we're continuing the bombing campaign, that is so dear to our
hearts, and at the same time the same people that are being killed and whose houses, power
plants, bridges, schools, factories, are being destroyed are letting our soldiers go.
Isn't it enough that they didn't even beat them badly. We try to exploit those bruises
that one of them had on his face, but you can't milk those same pictures for ever. The
President is trying very hard to keep this bombing going, which is hard as is, because
Italians are pissed at us for not accepting Pope's proposal not to bomb on Easter. The
Greeks are asking: what would we say if we suggested a cease-fire for such an important
holiday and the Serbs were the one to refuse. Would we accuse them of being barbarians,
savages, with no respect for God and other people's beliefs and all that? Naturally we
would, but that's understandable, because they are they and we are us.
So, Paul, stop being sarcastic or you'll be deported to Serbia where you belong.
MEDAL FOR A HACKER
Editor - Excuse me, I', confused. (This is how people who are playing naive usually
start their letters, but just listen to her go on...) How can it be that the brilliant
hacker who temporarily disrupts people's ability to chat with each other via machine
stands to do 10 years jail time and the Marine whose airplane antics kill 20 gets a slap
on the wrist and walks? Are the facts of the two news articles interchanged or do we have
a real priorities problem in this country? In my opinion the hacker should get a medal -
or better yet, a high paying job solving Y2K - and the Marine should do 10 years.
Jane, Jane. First of all you've missed another chance for an even better comparison. At
the same time that our Chronicle printed the article about the Marine pilot and his
acquittal, it printed another story about another pilot. A helicopter pilot that flew to
low over the wedding party of Barbara Streisand and James Brolin was fined thousands and
thousands of dollars and will serve jail time. Nobody was hurt in this incident, but it
constituted invasion of privacy while in the first incident the (mostly) German tourists
in Italy were killed before they became aware that their privacy has been invaded.
And second, in this case America did take care of its own. Plus we need pilots like that.
If he can kill 20 people without firing any of those expensive missiles or smart bombs, we
need him in the skies over Serbia.