These are US soldiers on their way to Japan to render assistance to the Japanese people.
To me, this is what soldiers should be trained and used for. How pointless a waste of lives and resources is it to be involved in wars around the world. The US is now involved in THREE armed conflicts. The US is the world's only remaining super power and to see lives and treasure wasted in such pointless ways drives me crazy. The country has be driven to bankruptcy and the recession that was created as a result has ripple effects all over the planet.
All that material and resources need to go into humanitarian missions at home and abroad. These marines going into Japan are a perfect use of the military. The army is trained in logistics and deployment and they know how to get necessary materials to those who are suffering. They have the equipment to rebuild damaged infrastructure. How much would it improve the reputation of America if they showed up with food and water instead of bombs and bullets?
Canada, itself tries very hard to be humanitarian 'peacekeepers' in any conflict we choose to lend assistance too. Fighting and killing the enemy is low on our list of priorities. We prefer to try to be a buffer BETWEEN waring forces.
Try to imagine how much better the world would be, how much better the countries would be, how much better the soldiers and their families would be if we shifted their responsibilities to the side of aid rather than death.
Unfortunately the voracious appetites of the military industrial complex will never allow that and we all suffer under that truth.
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.