Fox news on line quotes the AP in an article, Roadside Bomb Kills 18 Sri Lanka Troops. In Colombo, reported on 11 August that,
A roadside bomb exploded near a military truck Monday night in northeastern Sri Lanka, killing 18 soldiers, security officials said as a senior rebel leader declared the country’s cease-fire “null and void.”
Tamil Tiger rebels and government soldiers also traded artillery shells and gunfire as the air force struck insurgent positions, killing at least 46 fighters, the army said.
Sri Lanka! Yet another paradise is under fire. All I know of Sri Lanka from before the current civil violence is that Arthur C. Clarke lived there (and pictures of his home and grounds were like paradise) and the women were reputedly the most beautiful in the world. Beirut suffers because it harbored yet more vicious terrorists and one report at the beginning of the Isreali defense efforts noted that sunbathers had to pack up and leave the Haifa area. Who could be vicious enough to try to kill sunbathers?
Photo from CIA area studies.
Sarajevo is no longer the other Paris of the Mediterranean. The Balkans reverted to their turn-of-the-century games of “ethnic cleansing” and war. Anti-semitism is popular again (or still) in Europe — and even in Malibu. Who knows, perhaps the Stanz and Chechnya had beautiful places before they decided killing was more fun than swimming and sun-bathing.
How dare the world target some of its most beautiful locations for violent games. Beirut was the Paris of the Middle East until the 1970s when civil war destroyed its cosmopolitan attractiveness.
Postcard of Beirut at night in 1974.
Here in Mexico we moved to the shore of Laguna Bacalar for its’ beauty, charm and tranquility 9 years ago. Now the beauty remains. Violence, crowding and anti-Americanism threaten its’ future ( although the government has moved in more police and security to counter the problems).
Columbia was, according to Columbians I have met, one of the beauty spots of the world. And now?
The Hudson Valley of New York kept us in a tranquil never land of rural times for over twenty years. There were ex-urbanites and old hippies. Then, suddenly, there were Porsches, Ferraris, Land Rovers and Big Spenders buying land near farms for their charm and complaining that farms made noise and smells. “Gentrification”, war, terrorism, violence. Today Yahoo News even reported that bed bugs are back and enjoying themselves. Bed bugs, smallpox, war, evil and less and less fine beaches and beautiful, free cities. Our world is endangered by zealots without a sense of beauty nor peace. And small insects. Somehow, they seem related — throwbacks to more primitive times.
Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite. Beware zealots. They have no eye for beauty and no souls with which to appreciate it. Hold onto greenspace and peace because the 21st century does not seem to care much about such things.