or two ago I received a form letter from the US Army, inquiring
as to whether I had any Arabic-speaking friends of military age
who might be interested in enlisting. Well, I know the Empire’s
military hasn’t been meeting its goals lately (for obvious reasons)
but, when I received the (attached) letter from the US Marines,
it seems they are really getting desperate! I’ll admit that my "physical
and mental limits" could probably use some "push"
but I prefer to do that at my own pace (or at my wife’s urging),
rather than being browbeaten by some DI into shaping up.
An interesting query, of course, is how did they conclude that I
have a "command of Arabic?" Have the Marines searched
the USAID records and discovered that I worked for about six years
in Egypt, Jordan and the Sudan on projects funded by that agency,
such that I gained some knowledge of Arabic. Are they monitoring
the amateur radio bands, listening to Arabic-language stations,
such that they have heard me speak some of my limited Arabic and
my sign off with a Muslim farewell in Arabic? Obviously, "Big
Brother" has his ears on (no CB pun intended!).
The saddest part of the letters from the US Army and US Marines
is the obvious fact that the US Empire intends to keep meddling
in the Middle East where it is just not welcome. What does it take
for the idiots in charge, up there in the District of Corruption,
to face the reality of that fact? Until the USofA learns to keep
its big nose out of the affairs of other nations, and just attend
to its own business, there will never again be a true sense of safety
and stability in this country.
I’ll send "The Corps" a brief note in the prepaid envelope
which they kindly provided, declining their offer and adding that,
even if I wasn’t almost 73 years old, I would not help expand the
US Empire under any conditions.
R. (Jack) Sproat [send him
email] is a retired civil engineer who, during his career in
planning and design of water treatment and supply facilities, spent
some 15 years in the Middle East and Indonesia.