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Friday, August 11, 2017

It gets serious now

      I have a link on my computer to a radio station that does a "question of the day."  I can't help but notice how many of the questions are about a difference between men and women.  Not infrequently the question refers to how men overestimate their abilities and women underestimate their abilities or how men make decisions without consulting with others and women prefer to make decisions collectively.  It took women in the Senate to stand up to the President and his male Senate allies on the health care legislation .
     Recently this reality again showed up in our "bully in chief" threatening to bring "fire and fury" with his threat of nuclear war.  For all of Hillary's tough talk I doubt she would be this stupid.  It is one thing for Trump to cheat his contractors, only tolerate people who proclaim their devotion to you and to make up names for your opponents but it is another thing to think that the world would be better off destroying an entire population on the Korean peninsula and who know where else.  Once you start down that road accidents can happen that no one expects. If you want to see how that happens all you need to do is read Barbara Tuchman's book "The Guns of August."  A world with building conflicts that set off World War I by an assassination of the heir apparent to the throne of the Austria-Hungary empire Archduke Ferdinand.  Nobody wanted it and no one thought it would happen but it did.  Once the threat genie is out of the bottle it is hard to put it back in the bottle without looking like you are weak.  We all know how Trump feels about looking weak and his own sense of personal inadequacy .  Trump with nuclear weapons is beyond dangerous for the world.

P.S.
    Chinese proverb:  He who seeks revenge builds two graves.

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Sk said...

You are such a sensible moderating voice. As an immigrant US citizen, I'm glad to be living in Columbia during these times and I'm glad such voices still exist.

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