Sunday, January 02, 2005

Clinton, Christopher, Anan, UN

There are those who would dispute this, but, Mr. Clinton, Mr. Warren Christopher, and, Mr. Kofi Anan sealed the fate of the UN, during the Balkan War.

While Mr. Christopher prepared his Neville Chamberlain Clone act, in Switzerland, Mr. Clinton anointed (literally) Mr Anan as "Secretary General of the UN." At nearly the same time, Canadian Peacekeepers in the Hills above Sarajevo backed away and allowed Serbian Gunners to take Artillery Practice for more than 12 Hours, on Sarajevo, and, the ethnic cleansing continued.

Mr. Christopher killed thousands upon thousands of Bosnians and Croats by dragging out the Peace talks for more than a year: selecting a site for the talks; choosing the Silverware; micro-managing the folding of Napkins; arguing about the placement of the Table and seating of Delegates; choosing the time of year to ensure proper light; and, deciding nothing, during the talks...necessitating another round of talks, with the concommitant, long, drawn out preparations.

Tired of chewing my tongue, I began a long series of Faxes, filled with (succesively) gathering sarcasm, vitriol, and, invictive, which eventually led to a letter from the Justice Department warning me to "moderate my language." I've lost the Fax I sent in reply, but, below are a few of the Faxes that elicited the warning (concerning the Artillery above Sarajevo), and, the Poem I wrote to accompany the one concerning the UN's Canadian Peacekeepers:

Feb. 6, 1994

To: Mr. Bill Clinton
The White House
Washington, DC

From: Gordon A. DeSpain
Pasadena, Texas 77506

Mr. President,

I applaude your decision to push for punitive bombing of Serb positions around Sarajevo. However, I do not believe this threat will be any more effective than those preceding. Someone in Belgrade doesn't acknowledge the writing on the wall, nor do they believe that you, NATO or the United Nations are any more serious now than in the past, and, they have reason to believe so.

They have reason to believe that they can proceed to batter their opponents with impunity. You have given them these reasons by your inactivity when deadlines passed, and, you failed to respond. You have given them these reasons by allowing others to dictate American policy with their indecision and fear of public displeasure and/or disapproval. You have given them these reasons by blinking, without first opening your eyes. You have given them these reasons by believing that you can fight evil with good. To an evil man, being good is a weakness to be exploited.

Those in Belgrade do not care if you launch strikes against the Serbs around Sarajevo. They will simply send in more men and launch retaliatory raids into the heart of the city. If they did pull their artillery back beyond the 13 mile safe zone, they would just bring in long range artillery or missles and begin a protracted indiscriminate assault against the people of Sarajevo, in the belief that you will be horrified and back off.

If you must attack a Dragon, Mr. President (and you must), cutting and slashing at the tail will have little effect. To get his attention you must go for the heart...Belgrade.

Sincerely,
Gordon A. DeSpain II
6 Feb. 1994
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March 3, 1994
To: Mr. Bill Clinton
The White House
Washington, DC

From: Gordon A. DeSpain
Pasadena, Texas 77506

Mr. President,

Thank you for acknowledging my Fax on the situation in Bosnia/Herzegovina (or, as you call it; the former Yugoslavia). I think I should tell you that I did not vote for you. At the time of the election I was out of the country, and in any case I could not in all conscience vote for any of the available candidates.

I could not vote for you because I perceived a streak of indecision and vacillation, a too easy willingness to compromise, plus your known stand on the Second Amendment. The office of President does not allow the luxury of weakness when dealing with a hostile world (within or without).

I could not vote for Ross Perot because he made too much money in too little time. In order to make that much money in that amount of time it is necessary to be a master of the art of rape and plunder. I have no desire to see any more rapers and plunderers in Washington than the ones we’ve already elected.

I could not vote for George Bush because he failed in time of need. He made the classic blunder of withdrawing his forces before the war was won, thereby insuring the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people (if not millions) as did Truman before him.

The Fax you acknowledged was my second. The first included a poem called “No One To Lead” that expressed my concern over the worlds (and our) handling of events in the aforementioned country. It was one of several that I wrote concerning events of the last ten years and I am including two more with this Fax to clarify some of the more obscure references in the preceding paragraphs. One is called “River of Freedom” the other is “Winds of Time”, both identify me as a hawk who would like to soar with Eagles (apologies to Mr. Perot). I will also include the first (since it is imminently forgettable) to avoid being totally obscure.

Somehow, Mr. President, I don’t think history will be kind to a leader who “waited longer than a Dragon can eat.” Bear in mind, if you persist in trying to deal fairly with a Dragon, you will become the next course in an endless meal.

Sincerely,
Gordon A. DeSpain II
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March 3, 1994

From: Gordon A. DeSpain
Pasadena, Texas 77506

To: Mr. Bill Clinton
The White House
Washington, DC

Mr. President,

Congratulations, I see by the newsmedia that you have engineered another great victory for the Serbs. It must be especially gratifying to have such a great impact on History by doing nothing. Procrastination is a wonderful thing, it can gain you a place in History on the level of Sargon I through V, Ashurbanipal, Ghengis Khan, and the latter day scourges, Idi Amin and Pol Pot.

You will be remembered as part of the three headed Millennial Dragon, Hitler/Stalin/Billary. Now, I understand why all the Prophets, ancient and modern, have warned throughout time, "Beware the Peacemakers, for they above all will ruin the world."

In case you haven't noticed, Bosnians (whether Serb or Muslim) have long memories and carry grudges.

But, don't worry, Mr. Clinton, history is written by the Victors,---and you're not a winner.

Sincerely,
Gordon A. DeSpain II

Attachment below_____________________________________

NO ONE TO LEAD

In a real World, where Dragons live and hate,
Decisions need be made: to Eagle fly, or whine and wait.
Those who wait heed Polls, the Great trust Fate.
But, maybe it's too late, with Dragons at the Gate.

Dragons Breath, horror & death in the abstract,
Congress & Diplomats simply abhor. But, this is more!
"One mustn't upset the poor slavering Dear," they shriek,
"Only people are dying, you can see he's trying, won't do it anymore.
Some time he must have, a year, or two, or three. Go easy on the leash."

'Tis the reason Congress & Diplomats have killed as many as Dragons.
"What? People are fighting? Defending their Wives? Their Children?
Oh dear, we can't have this! It's take away their guns we must.
Body Bags & Wagons, Tombstones & Gravediggers they'll need in plenty,
but Guns? Ammunition? Let's not be children!"

"We waited longer than a Dragon can eat”...is this a thing of Pride?
A million souls he fried, committed genocide, then went to sleep!
We won!...We still wait!" Decisions need be made: To Eagle fly,
or, jaw and bleat? Wizards & Dragons we need, to fight a Dragon!
A Specter, "Puff the Magic Dragon" we need: before it's too late!

In history, hoary, vast and filled with deeds,
never a man called "Great," failed in time, those in need.
Leaders can't follow, nor followers lead----it's fate.
And, congress can't follow if there's no one to lead.

Gordon A. DeSpain II
REV 9, Jan. 2, 2004
Copyright 1993
(revised to fit Blog page)
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The first two poems (not included) were written in response to actions of Mr Reagan, and, GHW Bush, the third was crafted to apply to Bill Clinton, whom I have come to realize held the Office of President by Right of Adverse Possession, after his Impeachment. But, he was never my President, disregard the honorifics in the Fax's, they were attempts to fend off the "Letter from the Justice Department" as long as possible (I managed to send a couple before censure...and, maybe, a dozen after...:)