Kurds, Ebola, and Strange Values


Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 3.02.58 AMWe live in a very strange world.  In Spain there is a petition to save Excalibur.  The dog, belongs to the first European Ebola victim.  Cops want to execute the dog which they think might be a carrier of the disease.  So far, over 350,000 people have signed the petition.  Protesters are clashing with authorities outside Excalibur’s home in Madrid. On Wednesday, there were something like 142 tweets a minute, protesting the pending murder.  Researchers aren’t even sure if a dog can be a carrier of the disease.  Virologists want to keep the dog alive, to see just what happens as far as human/canine transmission of the disease.  Unfortunately, the dog lost, and has been executed.

Ironically, in Syria, on the border with Turkey, ISIS monsters are now on the verge of entering the city of Kobani.  When they do, estimates are that thousands of men, women, and children will be viciously slaughtered.  There are several reasons for this, including the fact that much of that part of the world, Turkey included, have no problem with the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds.  The Turks don’t want to help the Kurds, who are also allied with rebel groups inside Turkey.  It’s a tangled web we’ve managed to get ourselves caught up in, with no end in sight.  There are currently about 50,000 refugees crowded into Kobani.  They will be slaughtered.  As of last week, something like 170,000 Kurds were fleeing Syria.

We hear a heck of a lot about ethnic cleansing, of who we choose to help and who we don’t chose to help.  I suspect, had ISIS not been threatening certain parts of Iraq, very few people here in the US would even know who they are.  FYI:  They’ve been slaughtering Christians in ancient communities in Syria for well over a year.  Our current Secretary of State turned a blind eye to the slaughter, like we are turning a blind eye to the pending slaughter of the Kurds there in Syria.

Much has been said about the Syrian Kurdish refugees entering Turkey, but, according to those who have been made to wait up to 15 days to enter, they aren’t being allowed to take their livestock.  They are being treated badly.  They aren’t even allowed to take their vehicles with them, which is rather odd.  Turkish border guards are beating the men and women who enter the country.  They are burning their vehicles and their possessions.   In fact, reports are that Turkey, a NATO country (what a joke that is becoming) is pulling its troops back, possibly to allow the slaughter.  There are also those who suspect that Turkey may not be eager to stop ISIS from ethnically cleansing the Kurds, there in the area.  There is a greater strategy in play, right?

In West Africa, the US is sending several thousand troops to combat the Ebola virus and help care for those who have been infected with the disease.  So far, as of October 5, according to the CDC, (officially) something like 7470 people have been infected with 3431 confirmed deaths, including Thomas Duncan.  Within the next few days well over twice that number of Kurds will be slaughtered.   Both fronts, against ISIS, and Ebola are something of a joke.  The fight against ISIS is a travesty.  It is a criminal enterprise we enabled.  The battle against Ebola, in this country, and indeed in Spain, appears to also be a joke. Teresa Romero Ramos was quite concerned about the way officials were dealing with the disease, there in Spain.  According to some sources, one of the reasons for the problems is libertarian austerity.

Strange, isn’t it?  ISIS is a threat to Europe.  So is Ebola.   The irony is that the right is making it into a political and propaganda disaster, and the left is downplaying the danger.  There are some scientists who think that Ebola is a greater threat to the US than is ISIS.  The liberal media is making fun of those who are concerned about Ebola, but I am hearing reports of highly educated individuals who live in the same zipcode in Dallas who are frantic.

Maybe the reason people are so upset about a dog is perhaps you can do something to save the dog, but can’t do anything to help anyone else.  We’re so helpless in this world, today.  Maybe more than we were 125 years ago.  I think it was, in many ways, a better world – and – in many ways it wasn’t.

People are still trying to find logical answers for the reason a deputy sheriff in Dallas is now showing symptoms of the disease.  Several others have been put in isolation.    What if the CDC miscalculated?