It’s a small world

It is hard to imagine what the world would be like without social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. The planet and the way we interact with each other has forever been changed. The world is a lot smaller than it was even a few years ago. “Revolution” seems to be an understatement…

 

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He’s Finally Gone

Bin Laden is dead. The mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks and numerous other attacks around the world for two decades has finally been defeated. This is not only good news for America but the whole world. Peace seems more possible with a monster like Bin Laden out of the picture.

Yesterday, May 1, 2011, the US Military shot and killed the most wanted man in the world. When President Obama made the announcement, the Internet exploded as people rushed to their social networking sites to announce their own reactions to the historical news. At one point, Twitter reported over 5,000 tweets a second. The world is celebrating.

My hope is that with Bin Laden out of the picture (along with many of al-Qaeda’s top officials over the past 10 years), and with more democratic revolutions breaking out all over the Arab world, global peace will become more plausible than it has been since 2001.

Of all the reactions and commentary, I found Jon Stewart’s to be among the best. On Monday night, he had this to say on his program, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:

“Last night was a good night, for me, and not just for New York or D.C. or America but for human-people. The face of the Arab World in America’s eyes for too long has been Bin Laden and now it is not. Now, the face is only the young people in Egypt and Tunisia and all the Middle Eastern countries around the world where freedom rises up. al-Qaeda’s opportunity is gone… We’re back, baby.”

May the new chapter in history begin. May this be the century when the Middle East and the rest of the world become closer to achieving peace.

Crowds at Ground Zero celebrate the news of Bin Laden's death

 

Politics Before National Security

Senator Jon Kyl should be ashamed of himself.

Back in the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, negotiated a nuclear nonproliferation treaty known as “Trust But Verify.” This treaty called for both nations to reduce the amount of nuclear warheads they had. It also allowed both superpowers to “verify” that warheads were, in fact, being reduced through inspections. Not only did this help avoid a nuclear holocaust but it also drastically reduced the amount of nuclear weapons in the world.

Unfortunately, inspections are no longer taking place (the treaty expired on December 5, 2009). Now, the United States has no way of knowing whether or not Russia is providing terrorists with nuclear arms.

Last year, before the treaty expired, Republicans and Democrats alike were very concerned. Senator Kyl had this to say last November (2009)

The U.S. will lose a significant source of information that has allowed it to have confidence in its ability to understand Russian strategic nuclear forces.

Another treaty was made and nearly signed earlier this year…until it was slapped down in the Senate by Republicans. Really.

This is one of the reasons why partisans and wing-nuts don’t belong in Washington. They get obsessed with doing the opposite of whatever their perceived mortal enemy does so they can be re-elected. They are willing to put our nation’s security on the line for their jobs.

If President Obama likes PB&J sandwiches and The Beatles, Senator Kyl and those like him cannot stand PB&J and The Beatles. If the President kisses a baby, they refuse to kiss babies. If the President is close to reviving a nuclear nonproliferation treaty for the sake of global and national security, Senator Kyl and his friends team up to jeopardize it. Disgraceful.