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Kernels - The Week That Was - August 1-8, 2014
Welcome to the latest edition of Kernels From the Cornfield - No Husks! No Hulls! No Shucks!
The latest headlines and current events with a dash of commentary to spice up your fare for the week of August 1-8, 2014.
Since my last edition over a week ago when I was sidelined with a recurring infection, a brief hospital stay and ongoing conditions' conditions, seems the world has reeled from one crisis to the next minute by minute and hour by hour.
I recently wrote, The World Is Burning. This week has revealed those wildfires are even more out of control than they were and spreading.
I also asked the question recently if our nation, the world was afflicted with Selective Concern for Life?
In light of events unfolding over the past 24 hours it would appear that the answer to that question became evident - at least where the position of the US government is standing.
While thousands upon thousands have been slaughtered over the past two to three years in various hot spots around the globe, the US of A is now acting out of humanitarian concern and involving our nation in Iraq again after pulling out of the country two and a half years ago.
Not that this action should not be taken, but still one wonders what about the others also facing genocide?
Yes, the world is burning as brother turns against brother, nation rises against nation, ethnic and religious tensions are at the point of volcanic eruption. But it is not just mankind's inhumanity against humanity causing the carnage and despair.
In the past week, Mother Nature has shown she is not happy either.
We have seen and heard earthquakes in divers places leaving behind injured, displaced and loss of life. Typhoons have swept one after the other striking Asian countries with death and destruction.
There have been mudslides and sides of mountains and hills tumbling downward. After 22 years without worrying about a hurricane, Hawaii is getting the double whammy of two hurricanes in a matter of days.
1. Ukraine Escalation - The war between pro-Russian separatists, with the backing of the Russian military, have stepped up their war of secession against the government of Ukraine. The Ukrainian forces have responded in kind and pressing to regain territory lost to the rebels. Ukrainian military units are moving forward to take back Donetsk.
The Russians are amassing more troops along the border and poised to launch an attack. While back in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin is cutting his nose off and banning the import of food items from the US and Europe.
Putin has decided the Russian people cannot eat cake.
International investigators in frustration and fear for their lives have had to abandon the site of the downed Malaysian Flight 17 in a field of sunflowers growing rancid from bodies of those murdered left to rot in the sun.
But the world's attention is turned elsewhere.
2. Forgotten Syria - The three-year civil war in Syria seems to have become the newest forgotten hot spot. With the Islamic State firmly implanted in the northeastern portion of Syria, Syrian President Bashir al-Assad continues to wage battle against his own people.
The once idea of humanitarian assistance to Syrians has been shoved to the back of the cupboard.
3. Return of the Dark Ages - Are the buzz words sounding the death knell of this "age of enlightment" as the candle flickers threatening to go out on reason and logic. Crusaders, infidels, convert or perish, blood libel - all dredged up from the distant past of humanity's days of darkness.
Muslim radicals returning to the days of conversion at the point of the sword as the Caliphate locks down its hold on a large swath of Iraq. Western, Christian nations coming to the aid of those preferring death to life under the Islamic State appear to the rank-and-file of the Caliphate as the armies of Richard the Lionheart, Frederick the Great, riding in to keep Jerusalem for the Holy See.
The disastrous Children's Crusade, a ragtag mob of adolescents, resembles how terrorist groups are raising their offspring to prepare to die for jihad.
Are we returning to a time when a blight struck humanity leaving its impact to this day and will as greatly impact the future?
We can only pray not.
4. My Way or No Way - Hamas and its aligned terror comrades have made it clear that there will be no peace in Gaza unless their demands, and only their demands, are met.
After 72 hours of calm, Islamic Jihad spoke with rockets for Hamas on whether a cease-fire with Israel could continue. The Palestinian Authority and Egyptians are clearly starting to be annoyed by the stubbornness of Hamas.
Yet, still, the words remain the same - Palestinians good, Israelis bad.
I attempted to explain the logic of Hamas recently, but I am still baffled.
You tell me: The Spin - Defies Logic?
Secretary of State John Kerry after being rebuffed by his efforts to bring about a truce between the warring factions is sitting on the sidelines.
5. Back to Iraq - You read that right. Thursday night President Barack Obama announced that he has authorized airstrikes against the Islamic State inside Iraq. The President also announced that humanitarian drops of water, food, medicine had begun to prevent the genocide of the Yazidis trapped on a mountain in northwestern Iraq.
This was the right thing to do.
Military commentators all day have been saying they cannot see, however, the President will be able to back up his vow of no American troops on the ground.
The former military officers all seem to be of one mind that airstrikes alone will not get the job done of both protecting American personnel, stopping genocide and allowing for the Iraqi people to come together to work out their political problems.
Unless the Caliphate is wiped out, destroyed, defeated, kicked out - what the future holds may be even bleaker than the present, according to our military experts.
These are not partisans speaking, but professional military leaders who served the nation honorably.
The big question has been why now?
Why did President Obama decide to act now to provide humanitarian relief when so many other situations have seen genocide, seen people needing rescue, provisions, aid?
Yes, I believe the President is doing the right thing - but - what tipped the scale?
6. Ebola Outbreak - Perhaps one of the scariest scenes playing out highlighting Mother Nature's displeasure is the viral disease Ebola that may soon become a global crisis.
Two American aid workers, infected with the disease, were flown back to the US of A and undergoing treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. The hospital is one of four in the US with isolation units able to safely treat the patients afflicted with the dreaded virus.
Both Americans were given an experimental drug which appears to have brought about immediate improvement to their conditions.
This has those in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria asking what about our sick and afflicted who are dying?
Don't their lives matter as much as the American lives?
The problem seems to be twofold - not enough of the medication to go around and unsure of any adverse effects which may be worse than Ebola.
7. Better Luck Next Time - The Republican establishment successfully held off the last chance for the Tea Party to upset sitting officials and establishment candidates for the fall 2014 Midterm Elections. But Republicans and Democrats still have much to worry about come November.
After both chambers of Congress left for a five-week vacation, leaving behind the humanitarian crisis on our own southern border, a yet-to-be-fixed immigration system and other issues, members of Congress and Senators will have a lot of explaining to the folk back home.
To their credit, the Congress did manage to pass legislation to fix a scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Administration and to fund the highway transportation fund before disappearing.
Well that's just a part of what has caught my attention over the week that was, August 1-8, 2014.
Tune in next week for another edition of Kernels From the Cornfield.
I will be returning to the doctor on Monday with a good chance of another hospital stay.
I am Mark Ivy.