Tag: Marvin Gaye

Original v. Cover — #6 of a Series

Earth and Moon from space Pictures, Images and PhotosThe featured song last week addressed the matter of U. S. involvement in near continual warfare, which defined almost the entirety of the decade beginning on January 1, 2000.  As we look forward to the next ten years, extending to January 1, 2020, U. S. military action in Iraq persists and significant escalation is planned in Afghanistan.  Future military intervention in other countries looms as a disturbing possibility.  If continued long enough, the United States may well follow the fateful trajectory of the Soviet Union, plummeting into the same abyss, having failed to learn from their predecessor’s untoward experience.  Continued U. S. military action and/or the eventual demise of this country to at least Second World, if not Third World status, will exert varying degrees of impact upon the rest of the world.  Despite this, many nations will likely survive mostly, if not fully intact.  

As we consider the decade ahead, perhaps the most critical matter of all is that of climate change.  As our mother earth’s ability to sustain human life deteriorates, adverse impacts will first be noted in other areas of the world, gradually spreading like a terminal malignancy throughout the remainder of the planet.  We can only imagine the accuracy with which our mainstream news media will disclose these developments to the general public, if this occurs at all.  More and more people will, of necessity, be crowding into continually shrinking areas of land, thereby reducing the amount of the earth’s surface available to produce that which is necessary to perpetuate life.  Those newly encroached upon by incoming refugees may not always welcome their new neighbors with open arms and may not be willing to share their meager food and water supplies with their recently arrived guests.  We can imagine the results, however much we may wish not to engage in such an uncomfortable exercise.

Original v. Cover — #5 of a Series

marvin gaye - whats going on Pictures, Images and Photos

As the first decade of the new millennium draws to a close, identifying that one song which captures the greatest challenges now threatening our nation was an exceedingly difficult task.  Two of the most daunting issues before us, and ultimately the rest of the world, are warfare and the environment.  I could not find a song that captured both. So this week’s selection will address the former; next week’s the latter.

The United States is arguably the primary aggressor in the world today, maintaining a “defense” budget that, by some accounts, exceeds that of the rest of the world combined.  Our country is currently embroiled in two major military actions on the opposite side of the globe, presumably to “keep us safe.”  

To the extent that the official accounts of 9/11 are valid, the 19 hijackers came from the following countries:  15 from Saudi Arabia, 2 from the United Arab Emirates, 1 from Egypt and 1 from Lebanon.  The United States immediately identified Usama bin Laden as the mastermind of these attacks, although to this day, even though bin Laden is included on the list of 10 Most Wanted Fugitives, the FBI website makes absolutely no mention of his being wanted in connection with the events of 9/11, as can be seen here.