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Here we go again. American history repeats itself. This last assurance by Vice President Dick Cheney last February 23 that all options about war on Iran are on the table, is enough to worry even insensitive cellular structures like Fallwell, Robertson, Limbaugh and Hanity. Maybe.

The matter is serious enough that it urged me to get in touch with my great-great grandfather to get his opinion on the matter and his usual wise comments on events affecting our beloved country. By the way, I must state that I am a professional medium and have developed the essential connections to those in that cheerful sphere in the beyond. (see my web page)

My Gramps, as I improperly call him, seems to delight in our sessions. He is always well disposed to advance historical facts and enlighten topics of present import. He led a full life as a professor and scientist and had savored in his youth the bitterness of several military campaigns in a country in the process of becoming a powerful nation.

This time, Cheney's words were on the table.

"What do you think, Gramps?'

"Nothing new for this republic'

"What do you mean?'

"Business as usual. Invading countries is another of our great specialties!'

"That so, Gramps?'

"Yup. I was a sailor in the battleship USS Maine in 1898 and was saved by the romantic date I had that evening in Havana harbor. If you remember your history, the battleship USS Maine in Havana harbor blew up with a loss of 266 men. Evidence as to the cause of the explosion was inconclusive and contradictory. It may have been an accident, or caused by a Spanish or Cuban mine. Years later, some veterans claimed that the explosion was prepared by underwater demolition experts belonging to a Navy group, no longer in existence. Blowing up the Maine, sort of the proud flagship of our Navy, provided the perfect excuse to declare war on Spain and cash in on Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam and a few other jewels!"

"Be that as it may, Gramps, but you can not prepare the country for another invasion by enlarging the perspectives of Iran's nuclear ambitions into a deadly threat to all humanity. Besides, what happened in Havana harbor that evening , whether it was an accident or the means to justify military action, should not justify a permanent policy on the basis of a single incident, Gramps. You don't believe that we arranged for incidents to happen to our own forces or property in order to justify military action?"

"You asked for it. Let me just mention some of the more evident of all those invasions that in one form or another were created by the US Government. How about Colombia, Panama, Nicaragua, Santo Domingo, Lebanon, Cambodia, Somalia, Guatemala, Indo China, Honduras, Zaire, Albania, East Timor, Laos, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Nigeria, Marocco, Indonesia, Korea, Vietnam, Granada, Haiti, Afganistán and Iraq? Wise up great-great-grandsomething of mine. They were all contrived by our own services to give us the excuse to war, war, war!"

"Gramps, you remember Clint Eastwood's famous phrase about some one making his day?"

"How can any one forget it. Why?"

"You just ruined my day!!"

With tears in my eyes I had to cut off the connection.

Chemical engineer by training, international executive by merit and writer by addiction. Former syndicated columnist of Technology columns, has written for television and movies. His humorous articles contain fine satire and have been published in 4 languages.

Quote: “Love and smiles teach tolerance; days without either are days wasted. "


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