posted on May, 23 2005 @ 08:54 AM
What the heck is JJ on where he sees a connection between parenting, business politics and terrorism? Well, I'll explain the connection I've made,
and you can decide if I'm on drugs.
When I was a wee lad knee high to a grasshopper, my parents had two drastically different parenting styles. My dad was the diciplinarian; when I did
something wrong, the immediate response was to punish me. On the other hand, my mom would want to understand the reasoning behind why I did something.
I wouldn't be condemned immediately if there was what my mom deemed good cause for my actions. I was a bad little kid.
Because one of my parents would have severe repercussions for something I did while the other would respond with kindness to my actions. For example,
in 5th grade I would usually steal about $20 every morning to buy a bunch of candy down the road and have a trivia contest on the bus in the morning
and afternoons where candy was the reward. Naturally, my parents noticed losing $100 a week. The result? My dad wanted me punished, no allowance,
chores, etc. My mom wanted to know why I felt the need to take money on top of my $10 a week allowance. The end result? My allowance was increased.
Because I stole. (My dad was a fireman, mom is currently a senior VP with ABN Amro, the second largest financial firm in the world. She's the one
with all the persuasive language and leadership skills).
As a result of this, I would often pit my mom against my dad. The end result would be that they wouldn't be getting along, my dad would throw his
hands in the air, and I wouldn't be punished; my dad would for trying to punish me.
Business politics work much the same way. It's all about keeping the people who are for you between you and the people who are out to get you. I'm
failing to come up with a specific example, but I have seen the same technique I used to use on my parents used at the office. People pit their
enemies against eachother so they can avoid a fight and, as a result, come out on top.
Now, for the terrorism link. In the UN right now, we have the same situation I was in as a kid. Countries are aiding terrorism. This means countries
are funding actions designed to kill civilians of their enemies. In the UN, we have my dad, the US and England. They both want to take those nations
to task for their actions. I mean, they're funding groups that want to kill you. Not a soldier, but you, a regular citizen. The US and UK
believe there should be a severe punishment attached to that crime. However, at the same time, countries like France, Germany, and Russia are playing
the role of my mom. They want to understand the terrorist's wants and satisfy that need. For example, Iran has stated they intend to continue with
their nuclear program despite warnings and requests from the UN. So what happens? We incresase their allowance.
At the same time, our terrorist enemies, who want all of us dead, are pitting France, Germany, and Russia against the US and UK. We're fighting with
one another when we should be working towards ending the terrorist threat. Yes, we have different ideas of what will work to end this threat, but
we've gone far beyond that. We have the US digging and digging for fault with Germany, France, Russia and the UN, while those four are desperatly
digging for dirt on the Bush administration.
Terrorism is like that manipulative kid who, despite the fact that they should be working together, has turned his parents against one another because
they tried to dicipline him. We need to see through this trick. Stop pointing fingers at one another, look at where the real threat is, and start
pointing your fingers there.