Of Nations Broken

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Where, now, is the great and mighty Pharonic kingdom of Egypt? An unstable republic with a junta fond of silent coups? That it is. Today’s China is, although still immensely powerful, very different from the ancient empire that held fast for thousands of years.

Indeed, the very countries that first took down that great empire now once again look pathetic and insignificant in the face of an entirely new China, enjoying, though in its infancy, the dawn of a golden age or – to use the Asimov term—cultural spurt.

Indeed, it is possible that such a brief revolution may happen to a Western nation. Even America, the world’s economic Titan, is beginning to show its cracks. The harsh “democracy” they (and many other Western countries, chiefly the UK) impose breeds resentment among many.

It seems at present that China deal with their problems in a rather mercantile way; they have so far preferred to buy huge stretches of land rather than send in an army to find the so-called “WMDs”. We shall see.

I do not for a moment expect that China will last for ever; again we shall have to see what happens. One nice trait of China is secularism. The USA is a very much religious-governed country and as it is a (generally) Christian government, military actions can sometimes be dangerously near holy sites.

Of course, when the USA was first created, it was meant to be a society where religion did not interfere with politics. The founding fathers were mostly deists (belief in a non-intervening god) and some possibly even atheists.

At any rate, someone will take over. Let us only hope that they take good care of us all.

Meanwhile In Paris

Hello. I was in Paris. Paris. Paris. Mean anything to you? No? Okay. The city of Paris is the capital of Fran- oh, you know that already? Right. So first I saw the Arc Du Triomphe. Big, ever-so-slightly pretentious Napoleonic monument. Then the Eiffel Tower. I climbed up as far as the stairs go, then (dad) paid 1€ for me to have a few minutes looking through a telescope.
Dinner? Pizza at a place recommended by a friend of dad’s whom we stayed and ate with. The only reason I’m mentioning this is because a homeless person came to our table. He pointed at the pizza and mumbled something in French. Then he took a slice. While he was eating, dad took a peek. Clean clothes, clean shaven. Not homeless, just über drunk. We left soon after he fell asleep.
Highlight? Futuroscope. It’s a science-y theme park. My favourite bit was the animals of the future, a fun ride utilising Virtual Reality. It’s great. They project 3D images onto your goggles and you have a thing on your hand so you can interact with the virtual world. You’re strapped into a train. At the end they turn your partner into a green slimy monster. Many screams at this point.
Oh, and we had a little bit of Louvre. I’ve had too many museums. The Mona Lisa was smaller than I expected. I preferred the Futuroscope. You must go there, if you like that sort of thing.

~fin

And Out of Lebanon

I’m not even going to bore you with a “hello, readers” today. So a happy Wednesday to you all! I have left –to the joy of our longsuffering budget– Lebanon. Were you even aware I was there? Whatever. But yes, I was in Lebanon. Mum is still there. I’m in London.
Yes, I’m in London. But the post is about Lebanon. So here we go. Please sit through my crap. We started our tour in Beirut. It’s incredibly cosmopolitan, in some parts. It’s also been bombed flat. Again, only in parts.
The bomb craters are thanks to Israel, who fought the local terrorists Islamist freedom fighters, the Hezbollah (more on that later). First thing after that? Byblos. At 7000 years of people dwellers, this place is wrestling for the title of oldest continuously inhabited town in Lebanon.
It’s full of ruins from Roman temple to Crusader castle. I’ve had enough ruins for now, thank you very much. NEXT! A huge 60,000m2 complex at Mleeta, nicknamed Hezbollah Land. They were very artistic with it, landscaping artillery, tanks and –too many for comfort—Israeli helmets.
Good so far, right? Yep, right up until they claimed that the victory against Israel was for the good of all humanity. Victory against Israel = Good for humanity, bad for Israel. Therefore, Israel must not be human. That really blew it for me.
Last of all, Tyre. Roman ruins. AGAIN. Good ones, but what I really enjoyed was the New Town. I cannot write about nor see any more ruins for a good long while. And yes, this is the end of the post.