No “soldier” would target a child or attack a schoolgirl; not for God nor for country. No “believer” meets an ambassador with murder. No peaceful civilization arises from the ashes of the innocent. No sunset of despair should darken mercy when dawn is yet to come [?]. No “authority” can be exercised without the expectations and responsibilities attending some endeavor (ie. permission, license or sanction).

The negotiations about Palestinian pathway to citizenship and the retrospective prosecution of “crimes” (by both parties) seem legally exclusive, although related, to me. But, I suspect there is some ulterior Israeli political reckoning that drives their intransigence.

If Republican’s concerns are about distribution of security assets during dangerous circumstances then dialogue with their colleagues about inadequate funding, or determining how much of our foreign service “security” should depend upon high-cost contractors would be good places to start, I think.

“Terrorism” doesn’t kill people; people do. If Republican Senators have “intelligence” about unreported strength of Al-Qaeda “affiliates” in Libya then I think they should request investigation of analysts and assets upon which assessments have been made – not the diplomat who depends upon them. I have no doubt that the retribution already inflicted on many “terrorist” cutthroats guilty of crimes against us has been considerable. I wonder whether Sen. Ayotte has understands the different meanings of “unclassified” (public), “confidential” (committee) and “secret” (none of her business) as applied to public information. Perhaps it is her dread of “terrorism”, in general (which apparently should color the “meaning” of any murderous behavior in Libya) provoking her agitation – in which case she has succumbed to the ploy of terrorizing foes, and I feel sorry for her.

While the young practice whatever personal fervor engages them, and they entertain various social occupations, along with their contemporaries returning from desert outposts, longing for fit and future, we busy ourselves with how much, rather than what, dowry to endow and what codices to put in our will to them [?].

Each worker offers 40 years of toil for 20 of recreation, and contributes to the national coffer its dues each week; while credence, care and comfort flag [?]. What can a party to the “social contract” expect (facilities, sureties, commerce and confidence)?


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