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a passionate repentance

Prem Kavita

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may God stand
Lord of the Rings has won eleven Oscars, and a ship went down off the coast of Virginia, with eighteen crew members lost. President Aristide has fled Haiti and the rebels have taken the capital. The Bush administration has decided not to do anything which means..what? that they were actually going to do something before? Oh, wait..they sent in fifty Marines. Which means..again..what? Fifty people to quell a rebellion and quiet a country? Please. Even if we actually ARE all we think we are that's nothing more than a token gesture toward cooperation. And a pretty damn insulting one.

Peter told me about the Polish charge of the Cavalry against the tanks during World War Two. That there was no cooperation from France, that Britain was reluctant to get involved in the war, that the rest of Europe stood by while Germany took territory after territory. They tried again and again to incite a war with shooting over the border, and other things but Poland wouldn't react. Finally he says that they staged a raid by Poles against a fake German radio station on the border, with prisoners of war as the 'staff'. Then they shot them. And then of course, they invaded. Germany rolled in with Panzers and the Poles didn't have a big enough army to defeat them. But they couldn't just lie down and take it. They'd been threatened before with occupation and they had given the equivalent of the finger in Polish. Now they called up their cavalry on September the 4th, 1939, and they rode out. Cavalry men, and cavalry officers fighting as infantry, and cavalry men who were mounted against the tanks.

They were slaughtered. All I can think of is..my God, my God. I cannot conceive of anything more gallant, more beautiful and more doomed. I'm going to read more about it and see if I can't put things together.
  • President Aristide has fled Haiti and the rebels have taken the capital. The Bush administration has decided not to do anything which means..what? that they were actually going to do something before? Oh, wait..they sent in fifty Marines. Which means..again..what? Fifty people to quell a rebellion and quiet a country? Please. Even if we actually ARE all we think we are that's nothing more than a token gesture toward cooperation. And a pretty damn insulting one.
    Actually, it wasn't even a token gesture. The sole purpose of those sent in was to shore up the Marines who were already guarding the US Embassy.
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