A Simmering Pot:
by Candida L Eittreim
edited: Tuesday, January 22, 2002
Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2002
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The Administration dances the edge of Occams Razor, diplomatically and militarily.
I am a curious sort of person, always poking and prodding current events, seeing what might pop up. As breaking news seems to have gone into slow simmer mode, I began nosing around for interesting tidbits. My, my, I found a couple! The first one, in particular, really raised the hackles on my neck.
It appears, according to the Hartford Courant, that in 1992, we seem to have lost a few rather important items, from the Army biological Research Facility. Lost? As in I lost my glasses? Hmm. Guess what we “lost?” How about anthrax, ebola, Hanta virus, simian AIDS and a few unidentified strains of biological catastrophe. Before your BP goes too high, we are reassured by a Spokesman for Fort Detrick MD, that 1 of the sets was found. Oh joy! What a relief! The rest remain….unaccounted for. The accounting practices there, at the facility, were so sloppy, they can’t even agree on whether the Ames strain of anthrax was used there.
This illustrates why government funded research, must have accountability and strict oversight protocols in place. Doing so now is very nice, very intelligent, but is, as usual a tick too late. The biggest question in my mind though is, why wasn’t more press given to this group of “lost” items? Goodness, since there is no known cure for ebola, to say the least, one would think more of an alarm would have been given. Un news for a new millennium.
Second item concerns our petro- masters in Saudi Arabia. Our once close friends, puppet masters and stand in front of the camera buddies, are definitely very, very quiet these days. Since Rudi Guiliani had the class to toss their token check back in their faces, Saudi press presence has been minimal. And the Administration is being very quiet about where we stand with regards to the Kingdom. Some pundits are muttering about their repressive alien regime, and suggesting we apply diplomatic force to change them. It would be kind of hypocritical of us to start trying this now, as they have been this way since our marriage to them. Secondly, it is their culture and their business. Rather, we need to be actively seeking other sources of crude oil, and alternative sources of energy, so we can break the petro-yoke we have worn for years.
Third item is a front line story about the human rights of the Cuban prisoners. They certainly considered NONE of our rights on September 11th for starters. Most of us recognize that these “men” are among the most dangerous creatures on this planet. We also recognize that in order to maximize security at Guantanamo, extensive precautions are necessary and prudent. My understanding is the receive medical care, food, a copy of the Koran, a toothbrush, comb, bed and bedding, plus a limited amount of exercise. Much more than they would afford us, if the positions were reversed. What more do people want to give them? Room service? A valet? Please, I don’t believe for a minute that we are mistreating these men. It would be against our military code of conduct and our best interests to do so. There is nothing wrong with U.N. inspection teams periodically checking the base. Any more than that, security breach risks increase and the fragile balance of diplomatic accord gets disrupted.
The Administration dances the edge of Occams Razor, diplomatically and militarily. The UN and other entities involved in the War on Terrorism need to exercise prudent restraint in what they say and do before we end up shooting our own foot off before the entire world.