Two entries in two days, three in five days. My, we're getting keen!
Actually I've just finished something and it's almost lunchtime, so I've got
a spare five minutes.
Alice's birthday passed quite nicely in the end - apparently she got taken
for a birthday lunch to McDonalds, a rare treat for her. We'd got her a toy
guitar for her birthday and she was playing with that as I got home last night -
it's actually quite good, although I got tired of hearing it pretty quickly!
Before getting the train I stopped off at Thorntons and got some chocolates for
after supper, the final treat of the day. Finally, when I tucked her in she was
quite sad that tomorrow wouldn't be her birthday any more. So she'd obviously
enjoyed the experience of the last couple of days.
Haven't talked about the world news recently, mainly because there's not a
lot going on. Latest things on the news are about the Al-Quaeda guy who was
arrested in Pakistan, and on his computer they found plans to bomb things in
America and Britain. The Americans have been open about this, and have released
the names and locations of the possible targets. The British government has kept
quiet. Obviously they know best....
It's very infuriating to be treated like a child, even moreso because I'm at
risk precisely because of the policies they are pursuing and which I don't
subscribe to. One can hardly be surprised if the Muslim world is up in arms
because of the crusading US and British. I suppose one must hope for a
Kerry victory in November, followed by a pretty radical shake-up of US
foreign policy, hopefully leaving Blair sufficiently isolated that he'll just go
along with the Americans. I don't think an election in the UK would make any
difference, since the only people who would have led the UK into Iraq faster
than Blair, would have been the Tories. So I think Kerry is the best hope to
improve this madness.
It must hark back to the Cold War, when ultimately you had to ask yourself
whether the "ordinary" Russian really did want to kill you just
because of your lifestyle? Of course not, as long as you weren't adversely
affecting their own lifestyle. I'm sure the same must be true of Muslims.