Pardon Me Pardon Me

Here is an email I received in response to one of my essays on politics or war. My responses are marked with a ∇ and green type.

Pardon me : Ray Carnes : rcarnes6@home.com : 2001-09-18

As always, your thoughts are well developed and original. I appreciate your taking the time to share them, just as you take the time to help all of struggling Java dweebs. (I’m 62 years old, I’ve been in DP for 38 years, and I’m constantly learning. At least I’m smart enough to find people like you and Dick Baldwin to help me stay sane.)

No, I don’t agree with everything you wrote, but 90 percent of it hit home. That’s actually a compliment, especially considering that my wife says I’m to the right of Atilla the Hun.

Who knows what my country (USA) will do about bin Laden. Whatever it is, it’s going to be ugly. I prefer to dwell on the wonderful people whose company I enjoyed when I lived in Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. They despised conflict, strove for accord, and were always ready to help when the need arose.

What would I do? I’d help (somehow) to create the Peace Lake, and then I’d fly to New York, fill a crystal decanter with the water, bring it home, and display it in our living room. That way, I’d see it every day, and I’d be reminded of the evil that exists and my obligation to be a better person.

As for you, Mr. Green, I pray for your continued good health. The very last thing that I want (or this screwed-up world needs) is for you to fall to your terrible illness. You mean too much for that to happen.

Keep up the good work.

Thank you. I have been getting a lot of flack lately. I feel a bit like a physician trying to cut off a gangrenous leg without any anesthesia available. The patient is screaming in pain, cursing my soul to eternal damnation, but somehow I have to grit through it to get the job done quickly.


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