We have become a very polarized country. The level of hostility is much higher than it was 50 years ago. Still, 40% of the eligible population has not been vaccinated, when we know that the disease is being kept alive, reproducing, and mutating in the unvaccinated. This was not an issue during the Polio epidemic. Everyone was eager to get vaccinated. Now there is distrust, fear, and issues such as personal freedom and constitutional rights getting into the mix, despite what Dr. Fauci says about science.
Just like the global warming issue, being pressured into poorly thought-out wrong choices is not wise. Much of the population is not convinced, despite what Al Gore says, about the 97% consensus regarding global warming. Voter ID is another subject of disagreement. I, too, have my own ideas on those subjects that do not necessarily agree with the majority, but I do see the problem.
I, like all humans, have a good dose of confirmation bias in my heart and soul. That is, I read and accept that with which I agree and ignore that with which I don’t. Part of the problem is that we are further apart philosophically now than we were in the past (aka the “good old days”!) Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy were not all that far apart politically. It was easier to compromise when the distance you needed to walk to meet halfway was closer. The distances have become longer, and meeting halfway seems to be an insurmountable task. What can we do to overcome our differences? That is one of those questions that seems to have no answers. But I do think we could make fewer thinking errors.
In my job of the last half-century, General Surgery, I have seen my share of disagreements. In that job, a mistake can do some serious damage. Mistakes are often related to several factors that come to mind, which I will enumerate.
1. Ignorance – not knowing all the facts, all the data, and all that should be known. To correct that study, reading, thinking, and looking at all the data go a long way to correct that flaw.
2. Confirmation Bias – just looking at your opinion, your assessment, your biases is not enough. A broader outlook is needed to avoid an error. This takes wisdom and courage.
3. Stubbornness – we all like to be right, but we all make errors and are not always right. Do not defend your point of view just because it is your point of view. You must have solid evidence and reliable knowledge to stick to your side of the story.
4. Moral Superiority – This is a dangerous emotion. Once you consider yourself morally superior, you discount your opponent as inferior or stupid. Your argument becomes flawed by your own nitwittedness. This I have often observed when a younger physician points out a mistake to an older “more experienced physician.” Experience can be overrated.
5. Lack of Respect and Civility – Any disagreement needs discussion that is respectful and avoids ad hominem attacks. Aristotle pointed out that finding flaws with an opponent because of how he looks or acts is not a legitimate part of the argument. Stick to the facts! I see this flawed thinking often on social media.
6. Truth is Essential – You need to be rooted in what is correct. Untruth will come back to haunt you!
7. Logic – Also essential because it is easy to fall into the trap not seen by you. Just because something has not been proven to be false does not mean it is not true. The slippery slope may or may not happen. Circular arguments are exactly that, circular. The tu quoque fallacy tries to divert blame. Just because Joe jumped off the cliff does not mean you should! This is similar to the Bandwagon Fallacy. If 97% think one way, this should ring alarm bells in your head. Be careful when someone trots out the straw man or the red herring fallacy instead of the real argument. Post hoc ergo proper hoc (this happened because of that) is another deception used in many arguments. Focusing on two extreme options when more possibilities exist creates a false dilemma, another trap into which not to fall.
8. Misinterpretation – carelessness, misunderstanding, and plain stupidity have led to some colossal errors in thinking.
We all could do better if we tried harder to understand each other’s points of view, find the whole truth, and not make illogical stupid choices.
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The Civil War cost 618,000 US lives. That up to now has been the “Costliest War” we have had. World War II cost 402,399 US lives. Covid -19 has cost 700,285 US lives up to 10/1/2021, and it is not over. We are in a War with the greatest mortality of any War we have ever fought and are still fighting. It has become painfully obvious that the only real weapon is vaccination.
Rand Paul’s idea of immunity from having the disease isn’t working out so well. The reason being that immunity from the disease has two problems. 1. It still has not affected nearly enough (the required 80%) of the population which is needed for “herd immunity” and 2. The strength and durability of disease immunity is not known. It might even be weaker and not last as long, according to many researchers’ opinions. Monoclonal antibody treatment is also not the best way to fight this scourge. Monoclonals are administered after the horse is out of the barn i.e., when the person is already infected, spewing their poison on others. Biden, believe it or not, has also limited the shipment of Monoclonals to those States who have the higher Covid infection rates.
It is time for all the States to wake up to the reality that vaccination mandates are the only way we are going to beat this disease. The states that are most tardy in this War are Idaho with 41.9% positive Covid tests, Iowa with 39.8% positive, and Florida who has shamefully refused to share their new case data.
It is unfortunate that the effort to vaccinate the entire population has become a failure. To date, only 54% of the population is vaccinated. We are the 57th ranked country in the world, a dismal showing for the richest country in the world.
Civil liberties are a cherished part of our heritage, but during War and crisis, these too have been suspended. The most famous of these suspensions was the Alien and Sedition Act of 1798 that nullified First Amendment protection of free speech and freedom of the press. It became a crime to criticize the government. This happened again on May 16, 1918. “Whoever, when the United States is at war, shall cause or attempt to cause…attempt to incite, insubordination, refusal of duty…shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than twenty years, or both.” The Palmer Raids of 1919 to 1921 rounded up 10,000 people who were suspected of sedition without warrants or evidence. This was also the justification for imprisoning 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II in concentration camps. And again after 9/11 with the Patriot Act of 10/26/2001 to provide appropriate tools to intercept and deter terrorism which eroded barriers to search and seizure as well as increased surreptitious electronic surveillance. These are not the proudest moments of our Democracy, but were brought about, in part, by the stubbornness and insubordination of a segment of society, as we are seeing now with the “Vaccine Retarded.”
Despite what all the Constitutionalists say the government has the right and the power to suspend part or all of the Bill of Rights when circumstances risk our existence.
This is not what we want. It is uncivilized and barbaric! BUT when necessary to save ourselves, it has been done and done with the full approval of our government and full support of the Constitution.
We are at such a juncture, given that this has been our Costliest War to date. If we cannot control this pandemic in civilized ways, sedition will be brought out of the closet and dusted off once more! Sedition includes things like civil disobedience, refusing to submit or obey the orders of recognized authorities responsible for a situation (such as a pandemic), and the like. We do not want the government to restrict our civil rights, but we are responsible for controlling this pandemic. Not that China is a great model and beacon of freedom, but they controlled their Delta spike in one month. Believe me, they brought out some classic brutal methods. It is those of us that understand science and realize that freedom (in the words of Ronald Reagan) “is never more than one generation away from extinction,” that have to do all we can to promote vaccination before all the Chinese methods need to be implemented. Trust me, if survival is at stake, those methods will be implemented as they have been before.
I have been writing books and essays for 16 years. I write about current events, historical events, and anything that interests me. All the ten books that I have written are available on Amazon. Amazon has this system of allowing readers to comment on the books and rate the book on a five-star scale. I have gotten five stars, occasionally four and once in a while just three, but my first one-star review was on my most recent book, Covid-19, a collection of 28 essays over the course of the last year and a half on the various facets of this monumental human tragedy.
I want to comment on my one-star review because it is such a clear example of the line of the logic of the anti-vaxxers. I suggest you read it yourself. Go to Amazon.com, select Books, and type in my name, iwasiuk. Go to the book cover Covid-19 in the Kindle block and click on the one-star that will get you to the comment section. The reason to read the entire comment is to follow the thought process of many anti-vaxxers. It will make it quite clear to you that logic is not an option. Mark Twain’s comments regarding such logic is not very kind, but I leave it to you to read those for yourself.
Evangelicals will frequently bring up similar arguments that vaccination was not used in the Bible and Jesus never got vaccinated. They forget that Jesus also never drove a car or flew in an airplane. That is because modernity was bestowed on man by God as a blessing. I would be more than surprised if God would need a vaccine. Franklin Graham, the son of Billy Graham, expressed the opinion that Jesus would have supported taking the vaccine based on the parable of The Good Samaritan and further felt that the vaccine was a blessing sent by God, like the many other vaccines, such as for polio, smallpox, measles, and the flu. If anyone has thought through the Evangelical mindset, it certainly would be Franklin Graham. Pope Francis stated that getting vaccinated is “An Act of Love… a simple but profound way of promoting the common good and caring for each other, especially the most vulnerable.” The LDS faith is strongly supportive of the vaccine to limit the spread of Covid-19 and assure the faithful that the vaccines are safe and effective, and to prove it, all the church elders got their vaccine. The Jewish tradition obligates its members to be vaccinated. The Torah (which is the first five books of the Old Testament) commands to guard yourself and your soul to protect yourself and those around you.
One of my favorite jokes is the one about the man who refused help during an epic rainstorm. People came to his house and urged him to leave the house as it was going to be inundated with water, and he would drown. The man refused. “I believe in the power of the Lord, and I have prayed to him!” The water rose, and soon the man had to go to the second floor of the house. A boat came by, and the people urged him to step in the boat and save himself. Again he invoked the name of the Lord. “He will save me!” he said. Now he was on the roof when a helicopter lowered a rope ladder. But the man would not climb it. Soon he drowned. At the pearly gates, Saint Peter met him. The man was angry. “I trusted in the Lord to save me, yet I drowned!” Saint Peter said, “We sent people, then a boat, and finally a helicopter. You refused all the help! What else are we to do?” Sort of reminiscent of the anti-vaxxers. “God helps those that help themselves!”
Jesus getting the vaccine conjured up in my mind a vision that is demonstrated above. My father was an artist, mostly working with oil. I wrote a book with a collection of all of his paintings that I could find to photograph of his life’s work, also available on Amazon, Vladimir’s Visions. I took one of his paintings called Supper at Emmaus that depicts the realization of the Disciples of the resurrection of Jesus and photoshopped it. My father is no longer with us, but I am sure he will laugh at the joke, using his painting to demonstrate a point that it is impossible to convince the un-convincables.
I consider myself a Conservative. I assume this derives from my parents’ political views. They escaped both the Marxist and National Socialist hangman’s noose and their crematoriums by just a hair (read my books Tales from my Hometown and Tales of a Country Surgeon available on Amazon.com and Kindle $2.99). We immigrated to the US in 1954 and became US Citizens. Although I hold many opinions that typically would not be placed in the right-wing playbook and thus makes me a kind of RINO by some people’s definition. Despite that, I cannot vote for a Bernie Saunders, who is a self-admitted Socialist or AOC who is not far behind. Just recalling what “trained Marxists” have done to our country and what Socialism of all flavors has done in the past gives me chills. All the Socialistic experiments that have so obviously failed miserably, like North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela, or the many countries that have successfully cast off Socialism like Israel, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, India, Britain, New Zealand, and the Soviet Socialist Republic with all its client states – Hungary, East Germany, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Poland, Ukraine, and others, as well as the ghosts of the millions of people that Hitler and Stalin murdered, among them some of my family, and Maduro is still murdering, euphemistically called extrajudicial executions. This will not allow me to vote for anyone that even faintly smells of Socialism, even if they call themselves Democratic Socialists. Putting lipstick on a pig does not change that it is still a pig.
My family came to the US with absolutely nothing but a desire to succeed. We worked hard, and everything I have was earned fair and square. I must admit I had good luck in my life, especially with real estate. The appreciation of land has been good to me. I got a college education and a degree in Medicine. My work life extended over 54 years, and I now write my thoughts on everything from Covid vaccines to “trained Marxists.”
But for the life of me, I cannot understand the Republican stance on the Pandemic. It is almost enough to make me a Democrat. DeSantis of Florida, Abbott of Texas, Reeves of Mississippi, and Noem of South Dakota fighting against vaccine mandates or opposing mask-wearing is comedic, like Don Quixote fighting windmills, if it were not so tragic. How are standard public health measures infringing on your or anyone’s rights? On the contrary, the blatant disregard of protecting yourself from disease and by that action spreading the disease to uninfected people is by several magnitudes more infringement on my and all the public’s rights, and in my humble opinion, very unconstitutional. Your social media “research” and anything that Nicki Minaj has to add, does not equal the years of scientific knowledge acquired by hundreds of immunologists and virologists. Expert opinion must take precedence in a civilized literate society. Otherwise, we decay into chaos and anarchy.
No one knows if they carry the virus, even if you tested negative yesterday. You may be broadcasting the virus and not know it. The disease does not spread by itself, and vaccination and masks do diminish the virus’s ability to spread, multiply, and mutate. Over one hundred years ago, a case was brought to the Supreme Court of the United States to challenge vaccine mandates.
In 1905 Jacobson v. Massachusetts was a Supreme Court case where Henning Jacobson refused to be vaccinated for Smallpox in the State of Massachusetts, where Smallpox vaccination was mandatory. John Marshall Harlan, associate Supreme Court Justice, delivered the 7-2 decision affirming the Massachusetts law held that a society is charged with the duty of conserving the safety and health of its members. Furthermore, the court held that vaccination was neither arbitrary nor oppressive and was necessary to stop the spread of disease. In 1922 the Supreme Court reaffirmed its decision in another case, Zuch v. King, which held that a school system could refuse admission to a student who failed to receive the required vaccinations. Several other related cases by both the Supreme Court and lower courts have again upheld the right of the people to be free from maladies and other avoidable adversities. These rulings supersede the individual’s rights (Buck v. Bell-1927, Prince v. Massachusetts-1944, Verona School District v. Acton-1995). Does anyone care what SCOTUS has already decided more than once? How many times does the Supreme Court have to say the same thing? An orderly society can not allow the individual to exercise his or her rights if it interferes, conflicts, or otherwise hinders the rights, welfare, and well-being of the general public. This has been the accepted code across all types and styles of governments since the 14th Century when the city of Venice imposed a quarantine on ships arriving from ports known to have people infected with Plague. The words quaranta giorni is Italian for 40 days, the time period the ships were not allowed to come into port.
Giving individuals the authority to interpret the Constitution for themselves would bring bedlam ( the name of the most famous lunatic asylum in London, founded in 1247 and functioning up to 1936). Society cannot allow individuals to harm others even if they believe it is their right to do so. The individual that shoots a gun in public is arrested. Just carrying a gun concealed or open gets you thrown into jail in most states. The driver that drives so as to endanger others loses his/her right to drive. The person who believes he does not have to wear clothing in public is taken to the loony farm. The person who even speaks words that damage others is charged with a crime. How can you not comprehend that spewing a life-threatening virus on your fellow man can under no circumstances be considered a constitutional right, nor can it be allowed? With, on average, 153,454 new cases and 1201 deaths per day in the US, somebody is obviously doing more than their share of unimpeded spewing! An orderly society cannot afford to let individuals who believe they have a constitutional right to harm or potentially harm others do as they please. SCOTUS has affirmed and reaffirmed that obvious principle numerous times already! Someone should let the Republican Governors in on that secret.
Until now, there have been no government mandates imposed for vaccinations, except in the military, which has always imposed vaccine requirements. With 40% of our population still not vaccinated, it has become painfully clear that if we are to beat this pandemic, that loop has to be closed, and sooner than later. That is what science indisputably tells us. If your research comes from Facebook, any other Internet source, or your minister you are not an accredited scientist. Disputing what science says is not a different opinion, it is just plain idiotic. I am beginning to think that Mark Twain was right when he observed, “God created the idiots first.” Being wrong can and does have serious consequences such as death for example. As of today 9/15/2021 the global deaths are 4,652,516. Is that not enough for you? The new mandates will add 80,000,000 to the vaccinated. Any company that has 100 or more employees, all health care facilities, all executive branch employees, and all people that are federal contractors must be vaccinated or be tested weekly.
I was the officer in charge of vaccinations on my Air Force Base in the Azores, Portugal, during the Vietnam conflict. There were about 20 required vaccinations depending on the duty station of the soldier that we administered. I gave thousands of shots, almost all were live virus or bacteria, unlike the Covid shots which are just mRNA (man made), not one serious reaction.
Nothing in life is 100% safe. Things are safe if, most of the time, they cause no harm. You must realize that absolutely everything on this earth has the potential to cause harm. The real issue is what is the risk-benefit ratio. Routine surgery has a risk of 1 in 10,000 deaths, but there is often a life-saving or at least a life-improving benefit. Driving has a lifetime risk of 1 in 100 deaths. Who amongst you is going to give up driving? Walking outside, even when the sky is bright blue, has a risk of a lightning strike with a lifetime risk of 1 in 15,000 deaths. That is significantly more than winning Powerball. Eating has a lifetime risk of 1 in 2,700 choking deaths. No one is going to stop eating based on that risk. The Covid vaccine risk of death is .002% that is 1 in 50,000 deaths. Sitting at home not driving, not eating, not having surgery, or anything else has a significant risk of death from all the illnesses due to inactivity.
Covid has a significant 1 in 50 death risk if you are perfectly healthy. Any co-morbidity issues such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, kidney disease, liver disease, smoking, over age 60, etc., ups the death risk depending on the co-morbidity. Given that over half our population is obese, most of us have a higher risk of dying with Covid. There is no absolutely safe activity, and even no activity has significant risks. Co-morbidities add up quickly to 1 in 10 death risks in many of our population should they contract the virus.
I have been a physician for 54 years, and I can absolutely promise you that there is no question that vaccines are as safe as is humanly possible and do protect the vast majority from the disease, which has a much higher risk of death if you get it. If you don’t believe that you have been drinking too much of the Kool-Aid, are among the IQ challenged, are illiterate, or just demented. Heaven help you if you contract Covid!
Other countries have come to the same conclusion. Australia has taken the route of mandates that are even more strict than ours. If you don’t protect yourself and act as a potential superspreader, why would society want to protect you? You present a danger to the rest of society. The Australian government shuts the unvaccinated out of their economy, grocery stores, schools, clothing stores, restaurants, sporting events, and even including hospitals, should you need one.
You do have the right to decide what goes into your body, but that has a lot more consequences that come with that stance in Australia. There are no Constitutional rights given to us to allow you to harm others. You do not have the right to give your diseases to me! To make that as unlikely as possible, you, the unvaccinated, and I, the vaccinated, cannot get close to each other. Even 6 feet is not enough!
If you have a business or run a school, a gym, or a grocery store, you want people not to transmit diseases in your facility. Not only do you lose customers, but also employees, and even you are at risk. Why would you not insist that everyone protect themselves as best as possible to prevent your bottom line from bottoming out, as well as preventing the spread of a potentially lethal disease? This also limits the virus’ chances of mutating to a more lethal form.
The Delta Variant is with us solely because of the un-vaccinated, the only reservoir in which they can multiply and mutate.
Hospitals that have a limited capacity, a limited number of ventilators, and a limited staff should ration and not squander their assets on the hopeless who have chosen to take their chances. You don’t have to go to Australia to see that happening because if you want a job, by and large, you will need to be vaccinated! I have a small farming business with ten employees. Most of them are not educated beyond secondary school, but every one of them is smart enough to be vaccinated, including me.
If you are still pondering your choices, look at the real evidence, look at who is dying in our ICU’s (almost all are unvaccinated). Also, do not let the bird-brained “Disinformation Dozen” make life’s decisions for you. Think for yourself, your family, and the need to be gainfully employed. Get your shot and prove Mark Twain wrong! You still have a choice, but you must sacrifice an awful lot to avoid vaccination. The majority is not wrong this time.
Covid vaccines are made from mRNA (messenger RNA), a molecule, that naturally carries DNA instructions to the cell’s protein manufacturing machinery. The basic science for this has been around for 50 years. To say that the vaccines have not been studied long enough is disingenuous, and the reason testing the vaccines started so quickly is that mRNA has been studied for decades.
A small modification in the molecule made it less inflammatory. The mRNA focuses on the spikey parts of the virus’s surface. It carries that information to your own cell’s protein-making machine, the ribosomes, which then actually make the antibodies that destroy the virus. No live or dead virus, or part of the virus, is any part of this vaccine (unlike most other vaccines).
The gullibility of the general public is breathtaking. 40% of the population will not accept the research of nearly a half-century, and the work of hundreds of qualified scientists, and will not accept their research that cost billions of dollars. Snake Oil has always been easier to sell than the real stuff! Some crackpot radio talk show host promotes Ivermectin, with no science behind it, as a new cure for Covid, and already we have dozens of cases in the Emergency Rooms across the country with Ivermectin poisonings! Ivermectin is a drug that treats parasites, primarily in animals, but occasionally in humans. Really people, what are you thinking?
Some Fox hosts claim that it is a government conspiracy to take away your rights. The owner of Fox, Rupert Murdoch, and all his family and Trump and all his family got vaccinated? What rights did Trump and Murdoch give up? Why would you not ask the obvious question as to what rights are being lost by getting a potentially life-saving vaccine? Is that not odd that suddenly vaccines are a constitutional issue? The base is already convinced that they lose their rights even if no one has yet forced anyone to be vaccinated. True, if you want to go into a business or sports event, that business has the constitutional right to let you on their property or not. If talk show hosts speak against what the base already believe, they risk losing their listeners. When Trump promoted the vaccine at one of his recent rallies, he got “boo’ed.” When an Evangelical radio personality, Dan Darling, made positive statements about the vaccine on his show, he got fired.
I’ll tell you why you buy the Snake Oil. Because you already believe it. Could this just be a PR rating ploy that plays into a segment of humanity that fosters deluded thinking partial to Snake Oil, a surprisingly common affliction? If you don’t think that large swaths of humans are not subject to deluded thinking, just look at old movie reels of millions of Germans in the 1940s.
People will believe what they want to believe anyway. To dissuade them just makes them angry and discredits you, and they stop listening to you. If you are in the business of promoting yourself, why would you try to convince people of ideas that are already set in stone in their brain? As a confirmed cynic, I believe most of TV is in the business of selling products, not changing the world!
Regardless of who says what, you do not have the right to infect me with your cooties. Keep them to yourself. You don’t have to get the vaccine. To do that, however, you must be identified as a potential spreader of the disease any way you want to, but you must declare yourself. A cootie armband would work! I do not want to sit next to you in a theater, a restaurant, or a sporting event. This we know for certain, to get infected, you must get the virus from another person through close contact.
The vaccine mandates are growing daily:
500 US Colleges and Universities require the vaccine for staff and students to attend classes.
This month, September 2021, all US military will be ordered to be vaccinated. Failure to obey an order is punishable by Court Marshal.
All living US Presidents, including Trump, have been vaccinated.
All-State Governors, regardless of party affiliation, have been vaccinated.
99.5% of Congress has been vaccinated.
96% of American Physicians have been vaccinated.
88% of Nurses and Pharmacists have been vaccinated.
Among major US companies, the following require vaccination for all employees: Amtrak, Anthem Blue Cross, Ascension Health, AT&T, Bank of America, Black Rock, Capital One, Cardinal Health, Chevron, Cisco Systems, CNN, Delta Airlines, Deloitte, Facebook, Frontier, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hawaii Airlines, Jefferies Financial, Hess, Johnson & Johnson, Lyft, McDonalds, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Northwestern University, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tyson Foods, Uber, Union Square Hospitality Group, United Airlines, UPS, Walmart, Walt Disney, Washington Post, Twitter, Walgreens, the Department of Defense, Gilead, Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Novartis will require vaccinaton or regular testing.
The following professional organizations have advocated vaccination: Academy of Family Physicians, Academy of Pediatricians, Academy of Physician Assistants, American College of Nurses, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Surgeons, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American Pharmacists Association, American Hospital Association, Centers for Disease Control, Infectious Diseases Society of America, National Association of County and City Health Officials. Where is your evidence to counter all these organizations? Was it something on FB or one of the “Disinformation Dozen” (see below) obviously more believable?
Who are the opponents of vaccination? There are a dozen people in the whole country who are responsible for most of the anti-vax rhetoric. They have been called the “Disinformation Dozen.” One of the most known is Joe Mercola, an alternative medicine proponent who has made a fortune in marketing dietary supplements. He has published numerous books on natural cures: How Homeopathy Cured a Boy of Autism, Vitamin D, the Silver Bullet for Cancer, and The 13 Amazing Health Benefits of Himalayan Crystal Salt, and the bestseller, Zinc Can Cure Diarrhea. For $2997 you too can have his miraculous “Mercola Vitality Home Tanning Bed.” He operates a very sophisticated marketing organization. His offices feature polished wood floors and leather furniture with only a small fraction devoted to actual products. Most of the space is devoted to marketing. His products get shipped out through warehouses from online stores. One of his latest marketing successes is WooBamboo, a children and pet toothbrush, now sold in 30 countries. Dr. Mercola has had numerous warnings from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for false advertising claims of the benefits of his various products, especially promoting Covid cures.
One of the high priests of the anti-vaccers is Robert F. Kennedy Jr., yes the son of Robert F. Kennedy Sr., who was shot at the Ambassador Hotel by Sirhan Sirhan in 1968. RFK Jr. is a fervent anti-vaccer, despite the entire family’s abhorrence of his stance, which they call “heartbreaking.” He claimed multiple deaths, injuries, threats to pregnant women, and the death of Hank Aaron,one of the greatest baseball players in history, all related to the Covid vaccine. Hank Aaron was 86 years old when he died. He died at home peacefully in his bed, surrounded by family. He had multiple co-morbidities, and an autopsy failed to show any relationship to the Moderna vaccine that he had two weeks before. The Medical Examiner ascribed his death to natural causes.
Just to give you a clue as to RFK Jr.’s inner thinking, he denied that Sirhan Sirhan had shot his father dead, with eyewitnesses standing next to him, and with the gun still in his hand. Sirhan even signed a confession (which he later retracted). RFK, Jr. is now on the defense team to overturn the conviction. With that kind of brilliant thinking, I would not trust him to be dog catcher, much less decide my vaccination status.
There are ten more of them. Not one scientist are among them. #3 Ty and Charlene Bollinger, #4 Sherri Tennpenny, #5 Rizza Islam #6 Rashid Buttar, #7 Erin Elizabeth, #8 Sayer Ji, #9 Kelly Brogan, #10 Christiane Northrup, #11 Ben Tapper, #12 Kevin Jenkins. Not one Einstein among them! Complaints were filed against a few of them for fraudulent claims, as well as arrested for insurance fraud. The rest of them include a famous but nutty relative of an iconic family whom the family disowns for his nutty beliefs, an accountant with no schooling in biology, a former bodybuilder and his wife who also are self-acclaimed filmmakers, a Scientologist, a psychiatrist, an obstetrics and gynecologist, a couple of chiropractors, three osteopathic doctors all of whom have had encounters with their state medical boards or other regulatory agencies for questionable practices. These are the standard-bearers for the anti-vaxxers.
Who are these people? None of them are credentialed immunologists or scientists. They peddle Snake Oil. They are self-appointed experts who have no formal education in immunology and no credibility or credentials in the making of vaccines. They are discredited by our regulatory agencies that have hundreds of real scientists looking at their claims, often making them retract their claims or face jail time. And there are serious questions as to their motivations, credibility, and honesty when you look into the business dealings that have “Snake Oil peddlers” imprinted all over them. You have been taken in by the guy in the top picture, the Snake Oil Doctor. He discredits the stuff legitimate science created, but he just happens to have the “real” cure substitute. Does that not set off alarms in your head?
99.5% of all people dying from Covid 19 are unvaccinated. 1 in 11,829 vaccinated people who had breakthrough infections required hospitalization compared to 1 in 708 unvaccinated people, and of the hospitalized patients, death was 35 times more likely if you were not vaccinated. These are all publicly available numbers. Why do you agree with the discredited dozen and ignore hundreds of double-blind scientific studies? Can you not see? Can you not read? Or do you just want to believe in Snake Oil?
It is not about pulling out of Afghanistan. That was decided. Biden spends much of his time blaming Trump about an issue that was not the issue. On the one hand, Biden blames Trump for freeing the current leader of the Taliban; on the other, Biden claims Trump committed him to a withdrawal date which, by the way, Biden did not follow either. Discussing reasons for leaving is the old “bait and switch” game, a clever ploy when you want to draw the conversation away from the real issue, which was how the withdrawal was executed. And we all saw that it was abominable! Biden’s incompetence is mind-boggling and continues to astound. You don’t pull out the guns before you pull out the secretaries and translators. He could not have had advice that bad! Lindsey Graham, who was once his friend, stated on national TV, “This is just Joe Biden. He has been this way for 40 years. Unfortunately, he is Commander in Chief now.” What we see on TV and how our President describes it is wildly divergent. He blames Trump for making the deal, which in the next breath he claims was his decision not to leave the next President with a 20-year-old war. So which is it? You really can’t have it both ways. And furthermore, that is still not the issue.
Either Biden is not briefed, or he doesn’t have a TV, or he is outright lying. This exceeds anything that Trump has done. Where are all those who blamed Trump for everything and now back Biden on everything and are seriously blind or are just are living in a fairy world? Any actions that Trump took on the international scene are dwarfed by the gigantic missteps made by Biden. If Trump and Pompeo did make a deal with the Taliban, they were derelict in failing to assure the deal would go through as negotiated. That could have been accomplished by finishing evacuations before Trump gave up the reins of power. He could then have enforced his edicts to the Taliban. Once he was out of office, he was “powerless” to do anything. Biden had had no trouble reversing most of Trump’s policies in energy, the economy, handling of the pandemic, and so much more. Biden could shut down the Keystone pipeline and stop the building of “the wall,” but he could not change the date of our withdrawal. C’mon, man! Really? Did Biden abide by the deal forged by Trump? If Trump made concessions, Biden had the duty to alter them so as not to cost us thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. Just because Johnny jumps off the cliff does not mean you need to jump off the cliff too. If Trump let out high stakes Taliban rulers to further negotiations 18 months ago, the Taliban disgorged 5000 Isis fighters and Al Qaida on August 15, 2021, adding to the 70,000 they already had in the country. The Taliban figured it out, Biden is a weak leader.
Who is the more stupid? I hope that when this is all over, we will get a clear accounting of everything that happened. There are some consequences to such acts that certainly smell of criminal behavior at multiple levels from the Presidents on down. If the CEO of a company acted with such ignorance and abandonment, he or she would get some jail time. It is too early to tell what exactly went wrong, but wrong is an understatement. And there are more than both Administrations that need to answer. Where was the oversight of Congress? Were they too busy planning Trump’s last impeachment or the January 6th hearings, or was it wrangling about how soon we are going to abandon carbon as our main energy source to satisfy the Paris Accords? Were those items more important than allowing the re-establishment of a power base for the terrorists that created 9/11? Are we failing to realize that there are thousands of lives at stake? The strawman argument of how many more decades we should stay is indeed a strawman argument. It is not about staying. It is about how the withdrawal occurred. It was worse than Saigon! It was a train wreck as judged by NATO, by European Heads of State, and by anyone watching TV.
Right now, it is just the thousands of Afghan lives and the hundreds of American lives that will likely be left behind to face a torturous and miserable end. What happened to “We will leave no Americans behind!” Is that just collateral damage? The price of war? Or was it a lie right from the get-go?
Eyewitnesses report that the nice, peaceful, and civilized Taliban are pulling all women out of their homes to become sex slaves, and those that resist are shot. That does not stop these monsters from raping them anyway. They do have to act quickly before the body gets cold; according to strict Sharia law having sex with a cold corpse gets you only one virgin in paradise. Perhaps I may not be exactly correct on the number of virgins, but Sharia law does allow necrophilia, no kidding. These are the same Taliban that claim they have reformed and now want to earn world respect. Where are Kamala and all the Women’s Liberation rhetoric? Ah, I know she wants to make sure you start buying Christmas presents now, as delays are likely because of the pandemic. It is difficult for me to put this all together. It is just too unbelievably horrifying.
Why would we shut down our most powerful weapon, Bagram Airbase, which could obliterate the enemy in a couple of hours? What General would pull out his troops, the ones with the guns and tanks, ahead of non-combatants? Do you think that thousands of ISIS and Al-Qaida are just going to turn to peaceful knitting projects? I do not think so. The next terror attack will dwarf 9/11. This is not only what I think. This is what Boris Johnson and Angela Merkel know will happen. We have been safe for 20 years, but I can guarantee you, the good times are over.
Can we really trust these barbarians to keep their promises? They violate their words the moment they speak them. Does it give you a clue as to their reformed tolerant thinking when they deny us the removal our people from Kabul, while they are blowing our evacuees up with suicide bombers and direct attacks with rockets? If we go past the August 31 deadline, that is a red line in the sand. And these are the less fanatical radicals. ISIS and Al-Qaida will have free reign in Afghanistan.
With our next terror attack, maybe a dirty bomb in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or Boston, maybe another 9/11 with eleven planes, maybe an attack on the Super Bowl, with 100,000 attendees, maybe, maybe? These people are medieval fanatics who are monsters with whom you cannot negotiate! They do not speak a civilized language! Their holy books command them to kill the infidel! That is us, for those of you from Peoria. No kidding, you can read it yourself!
Thanks a lot, Mr. President! Dante Alighieri described only nine levels of hell in the Inferno. The last one for the most evil, treachery, this is the level reserved for Cain, who murdered his brother, and Judas, who, with a kiss, betrayed Jesus. Dante obviously didn’t know Joe Biden.
There is now overwhelming evidence for the safety and effectiveness of the Covid vaccine, especially now that the FDA has given full approval to the Pfizer vaccine. Yet, there is still tremendous resistance to getting vaccinated, as evidenced by the 400 people that died of Covid in Los Angeles this past week. Almost 50% of our population is still not vaccinated. The immunologists tell us it takes 80% of the population to give us so-called “herd immunity.” Herd immunity is when the virus cannot find susceptible cells in which to replicate. This not only ends the pandemic but does not allow new strains to develop. Guess where the virus finds cells in which to replicate – the unvaccinated!
DNA is a curious chain of chemicals that is the basis for life. It is a double helix chain of a long sugar molecule (deoxy ribose) that has crossbars of nucleic acids, Adenine, Thymine, Guanine, and Cytosine. The double helix uncoils and it duplicates itself. Adenine attracts and bonds with Thymine and Guanine bonds with Cytosine. In theory, the identical chain is reproduced in that fashion. But mistakes happen such as Adenine attracts Cytosine and Guanine bonds with Thymine. Alternatively, a stray gamma ray or even UV light from the sun can knock off a nucleic acid radical. Each segment of DNA that carries a code is a gene. Now a new code has been created. The code transmits what protein is manufactured. Most of the mistakes wind up on the trash heap of useless or harmful changes that could even kill the organism which is a self eliminating mechanism to get rid of bad genes. But with trillions of possibilities, once in a while the new code is a genetic jewel that helps the the organism to survive better. “Survival of the fittest” then takes over and the new organism as a better survivor is mass-produced, making an organism, be it human or virus, a winner in the dice game of life. That new trait could make a human stronger and smarter or that virus can now avoid being killed by a vaccine. Mutations happen by the huge number of replications DNA is capable of making. 99% of our DNA is “junk” but that 1% holds the roadmap of what we are. We have 3,200,000,000 basepairs so that 1% is still a lot of codeable material. Current estimates place the human gene count to around 30,000 genes that actively direct what we are. When a coding error occurs, it could void one of our working genes but it could also bring a junk segment back to life.
There are thought to be 9000 different viruses that “live” among us. Some can only make two proteins, while others can make thousands of proteins. One of those proteins made by the Covid 19 virus can make your cells produce fluid that fills the lungs so that your body is deprived of oxygen and you drown. Our immune system is very good, and a whole host of cells in our body seeks out and kills many of those viruses, but not all. Our system needs help, and that is what vaccines do. They give our defensive cells, the B-cells, and the T-cells, a blueprint of what parts of a virus are vulnerable and then make antibodies to destroy those cells.
Our knowledge of virology and immunology date back over 200 years and the science is very complex. I do trust the science because I have seen it work, and used it to treat many diseases that has given thousands of people the gift of extending their life. Few people turn their back on medical help especially when they are sick. Medicine is applied science and it has evolved over thousands of years, serving humanity well, pretty much most of the time. I do not believe that Anthony Fauci spent his lifetime becoming an expert in virology to force red-necks to get vaccinated. I do not believe that vaccines magnetize us or inject tiny microchips so the government can control us. I must admit I did test if a spoon would stick to my face. (See picture) I am afraid that a segment of humanity has defects in thinking that are just not correctable.
I do not think that we can force people to do things they do not want to do. We do live in a democratic society, and that does not allow us to force our ideas on others no matter how misguided we think they are. As Churchill said, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that pop up now and then!” As bad as democracy is, it is still better than what the Taliban has in mind. China contained the Delta Virus variant in one month. It did take draconian methods, but they did it. You could get a shot in the arm. If you refused, you could take a shot in the head or similar draconian methods (I use a little literary license). Most people chose the arm. We must defend our form of government from all efforts to destroy it, even if it were a logical way to achieve a goal. The end does not justify the means. China is decidedly a poor role model. I am afraid if we want to preserve our form of life, it includes letting the anti-vaccers do as they want. But I do think there are ways we can influence many of them. All we need is 80% of the population vaccinated to get herd immunity. If you want things like a house, clothing, food, a car, a college education etc. you must find a means to pay for it or for them to accept you. You might have to prove your vaccination status! Private industry is also awakening to the need to protect their business, their bottom line, and their employees against unnecessary Covid infections. It has become eminently clear that vaccines do just that. As a consequence, vaccine passports are soon coming to your favorite movie theater, restaurant, and sporting event, regardless of what some self-appointed constitutional experts are claiming, especially since SCOTUS has already ruled on that – different virus but same issue – over 100 years ago in Jacobson v. Massachusetts (Google it). Any attempts to forge or otherwise bypass legitimate proof of vaccine has been handled very well in Hawaii by fines up to $5,000 and jail time for attempted forgery. Personal injury attorneys are also coming to realize that fortunes can be made from personal injury lawsuits claiming Covid infection due to negligence of a business or an individual, even if the vaccine magnetizes you, and allows forks, knives, and spoons to stick all over you, the most pitiful sight if you have ever seen it! Not to mention the law suites that could be generated from human impalements by knives that penetrate magnetized humans.
As George Santayana, the philosopher, and my role model for writing said, “Those that do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it!” I do believe we made a mistake and forgot our past and now are doomed. To recount what I know about Afghanistan, I need to tell you a little of my own history. It starts with my first girlfriend, who lived next door to me in a huge mental asylum of some 7000 inmates. Before you jump to any conclusions, both our fathers were doctors at that institution. As part of their compensation, we lived on the grounds of this 200-acre compound. There was the entire gamut of mental diseases hospitalized there, from harmless demented old men and women who just existed until they faded away, to dangerous schizophrenic mass murderers. My desire since age six was to be a doctor like my father, so I followed my father around, saw unbelievable events from violent people getting lobotomized (cutting the brain connections from the front part of the brain to the rest of the brain that made them into vegetables) to suicides who jumped off a tall structure right in front of my house, reminiscent of the recent events in Kabul.
It was a very disturbing but exciting time for me. My relationship with Leila, confounded by her younger brother, Merrill, who delighted in surfacing from behind couches where we were doing what teenagers do, soon ended because her father found a better job in Dayton, Ohio, and the family moved just as we were getting friendly. Although our families continued our friendship, and Leila went to the University of Indiana in Bloomington’s School of Music, where she was already an accomplished pianist, and eventually would go professional. We continued our relationship despite the distances between Peoria, where I went to Bradley University and she to IU.
What was the Afghani connection? Leila’s father, an Afghan, was sent by his government to study medicine in Germany during World War II. Although Afghanistan remained neutral in World War II, Germany and Afghanistan were allies. Her father became a surgeon. He was specifically groomed to become the personal physician of the King of Afghanistan, Mohammad Zahir Shah. Mir Nisam, her father, met and married a Jewish girl in Germany, not a good time to marry into a Jewish family. But because he had diplomatic immunity, he was able to leave Germany with his new bride and her brother to his homeland and his job as the physician of the King. His wife had to learn new customs, a new culinary style, new dress fashion, and a new language. The King, who was educated in France, established a Constitutional Monarchy. He imported many modern concepts of government but eventually ran into troubles with civil unrest, Mir Nisam MD decided to leave the country. The King was treasonably deposed by his brother-in-law and left for Italy.
In our early school years, my sister and I would have access to the Afgan court clothing from both parents of Leila. We had great fun playing dress-up with real vestments of the Afghani court. Leila and I met once more when I went to Med. School at UCLA, and she continued in graduate studies of music at USC. But as is common with high school romances, we lost touch. I do remember the one dish that her mother taught me to make, Afgan rice, which remains a standard dish for our family celebrations, especially at Thanks Giving.
Afghanistan was like a fairy tale to me, hearing all the court intrigue and the history of this far away land, the different foods, and different customs my family learned from the Nisams. Leila being half Afghani and half German, was a striking beauty with some of the Asiatic Persian and European features melded into one person.
Unfortunately, Afghanistan has turned into, pardon my profanity, the “shithole” of the world. How did that happen? It was Hitler that claimed that Persia, Iran, Afghanistan were Aryian. Few people know how Persia changed its name to Iran. Hitler personally convinced Shah Pahlavi to rename Persia, Iran, for Indo-Arian. In Hitler’s construct of world history, the Aryian migrations of 50,000 years ago gave rise to the early cities of Afghanistan. Alexander the Great and later Genghis Khan would rule Afghanistan. Ahmad Shah Durrani, the first of the Pashtun kings, marked the origin of modern Afghanistan in the 18th Century. The last King of Afghanistan, born of the aristocracy that had ruled Afghanistan for two centuries, Mohammed Zahir Shah, educated in France, took the throne in 1933 until his brother-in-law ousted him in 1973, who in turn was ousted by the Soviets that ruled for ten years. The Russians had bad experiences in Afghanistan. With Carter’s undercover support and later the Reagan administration’s help, the Mujahideen, Afghan warlords, chased out the Russians. But the various factions squabbled among themselves and could not find common ground. One faction, the Taliban, won out. They ruled the country from 1996 until 2001. The Taliban is a hardline radical Islamic group who support strict Sharia Law of public execution by beheadings and stoning, including cutting off hands or feet for theft and petty crimes. Men are required to grow beards, women have to wear all-covering burkas, television, photography, music, and cinema are forbidden, girls are banned from going to school. Teachers that taught in girl schools were executed in the streets. The Taliban destroyed the historical monuments of the Bamiyan Buddha statues, 6th-century carvings. They massacred thousands of Afghans and denied food to 160,000 starving civilians, all in all cruel and uncivilized people.
When the Taliban was ousted in 2001 King Mohammad Zahir Shah had a brief return after 29 years of exile. He was named “the Father of the Nation” in Afghanistan’s Constitution. There was even talk of his returning the monarchy to the country, but it was not to be. Hamid Karzai, a fellow Pashtun tribesman, and the country’s President at the time, announced the King’s passing on July 23, 2007.
In 2001 the US, in response to 9/11 and the unwillingness or inability of the Taliban to hand over Osama bin Laden sent in special forces who toppled the Taliban in just two months. It was Barack Obama who increased the troop deployment in the Afghan state to 100,000 troops. In 2010 Julian Assange complicated things further by a massive leak of secret files known as the WikiLeaks with out-of-context information on the Afgan war. On May 2, 2011, a small team of US special forces located bin Laden in Pakistan and killed him. By 2014 Obama decided to end the combat troops and left 13,000 as support troops. That same year a new leader, Ashraf Ghani took over from Hamid Karzai. Trump took office in 2016 with the plan of further drawing down the troops from 5,000 starting in 2020. There were only 2500 troops by this year, 2021. All the while, the Taliban was gaining strength. It was clear to everyone that the Taliban had to be involved in the governance of Afghanistan because without them, no government could survive for very long. Meetings with high-level Taliban, including former leaders whom we had captured and imprisoned, were now set free to take part in the negotiations. Secretary Pompeo made it clear to the Taliban that no harm should come to any Americans or Afghans that helped us during this drawdown, and indeed as agreed, no casualties occurred.
It was Biden and his team that changed the rules. I am certain that this would have played out differently under the Trump team. With Biden’s fanatic need to destroy anything that had Trump’s mark on it, he erased the restraints that Trump had placed on the Taliban. But we also showed the world and the Afghan army what a weak country we had become in such a short time. We could not control our own cities’ violence as Seattle and Portland were burning and Chicago and New York were exploding in a hail of bullets. We were defunding the police. Our military leaders were vastly more interested in “Wokeism” and teaching CRT than protecting us, our allies, and strategic planning to keep the world safe. Our Congress was more involved in dismantling carbon-based energy and going from energy independence to begging the Middle East and Russia to give us more of precious oil. The final straw that convinced them of our weakness was how our last few weeks of the withdrawal were executed; amateurish, feeble, and incompetent are what the rest of the world, both allies and enemies, think, despite what Biden says. It is not how a major world power deals with a disorganized, uncivilized, uneducated band of 70,000 hillbillys with cell phones (aka the Taliban). The writing was on the wall that America was no longer capable of supporting the legitimate Afghan government anymore. There was general agreement that 20 years of military support was long enough. Four presidents have tried to disengage, but to shut down our airbases and pull out the military first before evacuating civilians both American citizens and the Afghans that helped us, as well as our weapons, tanks, and helicopters has to go down as one of the more stupid military moves in all of history going back to the stone age. No wonder the Afghan military threw away their weapons, went into hiding, or fled the country any way they could, including in our Black Hawk Helicopters. The Taliban saw their chance to act out their most barbaric behaviors with what they recognized as a weak leader in the Whitehouse and a country that had lost its moral compass. It took them less than ten days to overrun the country with none of the restraining threats the Trump administration had promised. The Taliban, we see now, are the same people that came to power in 1996. They are older now, and their sons are with them, and not much different. There are, however, various factions within the Taliban. The real religious fanatics have not yet gotten to Kabul. They are centered in Kandahar and are working their way to Kabul. We may see much more humanitarian abuses once they get there. But from what we have seen so far, the Taliban is just as crazy as it was in 1996. What they have shown us has not been a new Taliban. They are the ones that surround the Hamid Karzai airport and beat, shoot, and otherwise prevent Americans and Afghans from getting to the planes that would evacuate them in diametrical opposition to their own interest. So much for the picture that our deluded President paints.
We froze assets the Taliban and the former Afghan government had in the US, billions of dollars! There are 30,000,000 inhabitants of Afghanistan. The economy has been destroyed, with no people earning a living, no income for anyone. The Taliban has no means to feed the people. How long are they going to withstand 30,000,000 demanding food, energy sources, health care, and a livelihood? Where are the smart Taliban leaders? It does not appear the Taliban has thought this through!
Afghanistan is a mess that will haunt us for decades. Political blunders, weak leaders, stupid decisions, idiotic events, religious fervor, zealotry, mental illness, corruption, lack of coordination, and the pathologic hatred between the Trump and Biden teams which did not allow for a coordinated transfer of power. Also, our country’s recent display of weakness, inability to control crime, inability to control our borders, inability to control the pandemic, misguided political agendas, inconsistent economics, upward spiraling inflation, continued problems with unemployment despite companies with the inability to find workers to fill their jobs. If you think these are not all interrelated, you are living in a fairytale. This has all played a major role in needlessly creating a disaster with potentially thousands of murders. It will take years to sort out who is the most guilty in this human tragedy. But I have my theories.
How predictable the left is. In the face of clear errors of omission and commission, that border on incompetence or worse, our President is being defended, supported, and even urged on by the blind left. It was the Afghan army’s lack of will to fight in the face of the Afghan mortality rate that in one year was greater than all of the US mortality in 20 years! It is highly unlikely the Afghan soldier would rather just get killed than fight. It was the Afghan political leadership that left before they too would be murdered. How cowardly of them. The left says it was Trump’s negotiations with the Taliban over a year ago, really?
Biden issued over 60 executive orders in his first 100 days, more than any other President, most of them an effort to destroy Trump policies: the wall, the Keystone pipeline, the fracking, multiple regulatory policies that deal with the environment, energy, immigration, equity, economy, etc. How did he miss the Afghan withdrawal? He reversed everything else, including dismantling a system designed to protect American citizens trapped abroad — just months before the Taliban took over Afghanistan, stranding thousands of Americans in the Central Asian country. Ahh! He must have been honor-bound to comply with a deal made by Trump, even after the Taliban ignored all of Trump’s conditions and spit on the documents. After pointing the finger at everyone but himself, Biden’s plagiarizing Truman’s line, “The Buck stops here!” doesn’t quite cover it. It does, however, point to Biden’s affinity to use other people’s words to cover his own failures. Although a good soundbite, his finger-pointing clearly points to the fact that Buck barely pauses here. Ultimately Biden has multiple other places where he claims the Buck actually does stop.
He is not telling us the truth that he had no other options, but clearly, the one our President took was not the correct one. It is a repeat of the disgrace of Saigon. This is a repeat lesson of how not to do it!
This is the greatest National Defeat since 9/11. It is a stain on our Nation’s honor and will affect us for decades. What do you think our enemies like China and Russia are thinking? We have a doddering old weakling in the Whitehouse. That was exactly what the Japanese leadership thought and acted on the morning of December 7, 1941. What about the nations that depend on us? Taiwan, South Korea, Europe, Japan, and others who are left with an ally they clearly cannot trust anymore. It will spill over into other aspects of international negotiations as well. Trade with other nations will now be looked at with a perspective of a weak inferior nation that does not have the clout to deal from a position of strength. Cybersecurity will be at greater risk given our weakened position. The greatest concern is terrorism.
The Taliban won and now have a new base from which to attack us. Al Qaeda was not supposed to be given a venue in Afghanistan by Trump’s deal. They are there already. And they are not knitting doilies. They are ruthless medieval minds, and I do mean evil, who have plans for us! Unfortunately, this world is the good guys against the bad guys. And if the bad guys have more guns, they will subjugate us sooner or later. I am dismayed by the silence from the women in power in this country. Where is Kamala, Liz Chaney, AOC, Cori Bush, etc.? Women are being raped, forced into so-called “Islamic marriages” (aka sex slaves), and denied education, a profession, a job. They cannot dress like the rest of the women of this world. There are reports that women who are not in a Burka are shot in the streets of Kabul. Where is the “Me Too” movement when you need them? Girls who go to school will be evicted or worse – shot in the head as Malala Yousafzai found out. These people have medieval minds with whom you cannot discuss or change them. Radical Islam is indeed radical. They openly tell us what they believe and will do. They reject modernity and do all they can to take Islam back to the middle ages. They have announced they will return Afghanistan to Sharia Law. If you want an evening of horror, read what Sharia Law is. They consider it their duty to convert the infidels (us), and if they can’t, to kill them. We should not be surprised as we have similar medieval thinking in nearly half of our own population who will not accept evidence, logic, science to get the lifesaving Covid vaccine, and they are US-educated, unlike the Taliban. Luckily these brainiacs do not have power over us (yet). If they did, I suspect they would be just like the Taliban.
Biden is left to try to rectify his bungling with really no one to step up to help him. But I think he really is not capable of dealing with this alone. We are stuck with a lame duck with no one in the wings to save thousands of people from slaughter.