Friday, April 25, 2003

I received two very interesting emails within the past 24 hours that I'd like to share with others.

1) From the Rock 'n' Rap Connection email news service, I was forwarded a silly little news story from Ben Harrison :

Unearthed -- Saddam's Sand Reserves Discovered in Iraq
by Ben Harrison
25 April, 2003 -- 4:56am

Vast amounts of Sand have been discovered throughout Iraq. In a statement made earlier today, Scientists confirmed that the former Iraqi President had access to huge undeclared stockpiles of Sand. Doctors agree that sufficient quantities of Sand, if swallowed, can be lethal.

"To date, there has never been a single recovery from any sand-related death -- in the same way that no-one killed by chemical, nuclear or biological weapons has been known to return to life," said an unmanned Pentagon sauce.

Experts state they expect to unearth more Sand in days to come.

2) Another friend sent me a great reminder of history titled
"When Democracy Failed: The Warnings of History"
by Thom Hartmann

This article provides a simplified introduction to the history of a country that was caught up in a severe economic crisis, and attacked by terrorists. How this country responded to such dilemmas is something worth noting. I quote...

"But the warnings of investigators were ignored at the highest levels, in part because the government was distracted; the man who claimed to be the nation's leader had not been elected by a majority vote and the majority of citizens claimed he had no right to the powers he coveted. He was a simpleton, some said, a cartoon character of a man who saw things in black-and-white terms and didn't have the intellect to understand the subtleties of running a nation in a complex and internationalist world. His coarse use of language - reflecting his political roots in a southernmost state - and his simplistic and often-inflammatory nationalistic rhetoric offended the aristocrats, foreign leaders, and the well-educated elite in the government and media."

This barely-elected leader of this country was extremely popular, and named TIME magazine's "Man of the Year." After withdrawing his country from the League of Nations, this particular leader went on to do a lot of very controversial actions, and became an icon for the ages. If you have absolutely no idea who I'm referring to, then you really should read this article. It's an eye-opener to say the least.

Will history repeat itself? Only time will tell. In the meantime, don't take anything for granted. Life is precious.

E.P. Friday, April 25, 2003