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May 24, 2005



I would like to hear your reaction to the regime's latest statement that all intelligence-sharing with the US has been cut off. I really doubt that all that much sharing was actually happening anyway, but how does this bode for relations in the immediate future?
Thank you for your sanity.


Fais attention, Ammar. N'écrire que ça me fait peur.


As DaKruser asked, I'd be very interested in your perspective on the latest news of Syria and the US severing ties. It seems like this would only hurt Asad worse.


Imagine being transported 20,000 years into the past- no roads, no iron, nor wheel. A modern human which knows of spacetravel, cell phones, religions, and the New York stock exchange, living in world not dominated humans and their technology but yet compared other animals, the humans are still very capable predator with some humans engaged in a major sport of killing large herd animals with their high tech spears and social organization. Lions and bears [oh my!] may perhaps be still feared by most humans but they can hunted and killed by determined humans- they are not forces like volcanos or asteriod impacts, rather they are more like bad weather, possibly managable.
Now what does a 21st Century human fear or want to do in pre-bronze world; where in the world does he or she want to live and do?

Unless one happens to be an Austrailia aborgine or knows the language, no humans on the planet speaks any language that you could know or be vaguely familar with. South and North America may or may not have any humans living there. There are no cities, anywhere. There could be no farms anywhere: people are on the move, they are hunting and gathering, trading, engaged in warfare, and having various kind rituals involving music and costumes used to tell the story of who they are, which purpose is probably largely concerned with trading and warfare. This is assuming these people are living in areas where humans of one tribe meet other humans of other tribes somewhat frequently, say around every week or so.
Probably most human on the planet 20,000 years ago weren't living this close to one another. And probably our 21st Century human, couldn't find these humans easily probably as likely as he could find a wolf and they would be about friendly and talkative as a wolf.
If our 21 Century human wanted interact humans probably the best chance would lie with meeting humans which were big game hunters, here you would large groups of humans perhaps a 100 or more. These people would of course be dangerous, probably loud, like to party, and would probably commonly use sign language. They would have some form of a religion and various rituals. They hunted Mammoths, they followed herds into North America. They hunted other herd animals including horses, which at some point they learn to ride. And they probably first to domesticated the wolf.
Perhaps, a 21 Century human riding a horse with wolf on a leash into one of these settlement would be similar to Alien from outer space landing on Earth.

What's this got to do with Syrian?
I thinking that an American traveling in Iraq with danger of mad fool terrorists must be quite an adventure. I wonder how many are doing it merely for adventure what with the lack of the general wild these days.

The problem with Syria it is filled with organized crime, and what I mean by organize crime is a bunch people getting money for nothing- other than using force to get maintain their monopolistic systems. That really doesn't matter as much as there are so damn inefficent- which this kind of system always is. I don't have a problem with "money for nothing and chicks for free", but at least the rockers create a song or two, and more important they don't prevent everyone else from having a good time. They are boring everyone to death. Syria doesn't need a revolution, it needs to lighten up and have a good time.

Brian H

What is your take on the detentions mentioned in this report? Are you in danger?

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