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December 24, 2007
It's a bright sunny day, cold but warming fast. There was ice in the bird bath the other morning, but today nothing like that. Sable and I went for a walk about 11 last evening, and I over dressed and had to unzip my parka and vest to avoid overheating. Sable loves this weather. It can't get too cold for her. She could sleep inside, but she never does. She has a niche out of the wind outside which she usually goes into, but sometimes she sleeps down by the gate. That's one lovely fur coat.
As usual, my thanks to the people who make the hydro pump nasal health system. I used it this morning, and I sure feel better.
Merry Christmas to all.
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|This week:||Tuesday, December
The Feast of the Nativity, commonly called Christmas
This week is devoted to family activities.
December 27, 2007
It's still holidays, but there are world developments. The assassination in Pakistan doesn't really change much. We don't really want "democracy" in Pakistan, we want "moderation", which isn't going to happen.
If it is in fact true that al Qaeda was responsible, that was a tactical error on their part; it gives the regime an excuse to clean up the Northeastern region and bring us a bag full of heads. Perhaps that will happen.
The problem is that we all want what isn't possible. We want Pakistan to be Turkey (as Turkey was before we started working at alienating their affections): we want Pakistan to have the illusion of democratic government while an army dedicated to a secular constitution stands by to be sure the fanatics don't get control of nuclear weapons and the Pakistani military. That isn't going to happen, but worse, most Americans think the Turkish Army which guards the secular constitution of Turkey are "moderate" Muslims.
They're not. They're not moderate at all. They're atheists, and Mustapha Kemal was militant about suppressing Muslim control of Turkey. He hanged people for wearing the fez. Kemal Ataturk and his Young Turks were anything but "moderate" and the senior military people in Turkey today are not "moderates". Most Americans apparently have the notion that the Young Turks and their successors are like many American Christians, who go to church for weddings, christenings, funerals, and a few holidays.
Whatever comes to pass in Pakistan, it won't look like Chicago.
December 29, 2007
|This week:||Sunday, December
Family day with sinus complications. The sinus pump helped a lot.
I'll get back into gear next year.
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