Psychic? Naw, Just a Realist
by Arlene Peck
I don't think my teachers ever considered me precocious or
gifted. Even though I went to Columbia, one of those good Ivy
League schools, I remember my mother telling me that she was
going to have to burn down the university to get me out. Yet,
what other explanation is there? It could only be precociousness
or some psychic ability that enabled me to be so right about all
that I have been saying.
It's only now that am I hearing on radio and television talk
shows that we are in a global war and the religion of Islam once
thought by all and sundry to be "peaceful" is actually out to
kill anyone who isn't them. Period. How strange, I have been
assuming that for years, and I thought most sane people also
took it for granted.
Yet, I look back at the titles of the columns that I wrote years
ago, "Like Father Like Son" and "Hell Yes!
We Want Oil!" and realize that even then, I felt the premonitions.
And, this dear reader, before our country was bankrupted by the cost
of the Iraq war and its ludicrous "rebuilding".
Does anyone remember the spiel pitched at us? It went something
like this: the richest oil wells in the world were in Iraq and,
when they were "liberated", the output from them was going to
pay for the new "democracy" and thereby keep our country from
being saddled with the horrendous costs involved in
establishing and stabilizing a new democratic country.
Well, that didn't happen! Was it just another premonition, but I
kinda never thought it would pan out that way? We never seem to
realize: this is the 7th Century we are dealing with and they
just don't get the picture. They aren't on the same page, or
even the same book, but for some reason, our leaders keep
expecting them to behave in a civilized manner. I have some
intuition about that approach, too!
And now, something even more beyond our control has happened.
Adding fuel to growing situations like not having enough money
to pay for our own school system, the United States has a city
I don't think I am a minority voice. A recent poll showed that
the vast majority of Americans disapprove of the job President
Bush is doing. In the same record breaking manner, only about
5% of Americans support our continued "rebuilding" of Iraq,
compared to almost 80% support for the reconstruction of New
Orleans. Besides, everything we're building for them gets blown
up before it's finished anyway.
When I saw the horrific destruction Katrina caused, I felt that
the worst damage of this storm could have been averted, had the
money been allocated for beefing up New Orleans' infrastructure and
flood control and not gone to other areas such as Iraq or tax
breaks for the wealthy.
However, I said then, and still maintain, that in about three
or four months, the aftermath of Katrina is going to be the
biggest boon to the economy in a generation. A vast city has to
be rebuilt and the real estate march into New Orleans has
already begun. Think architects, contractors, hard hats, steel,
concrete, glass, wood, siding, shingles, nails, etc. Oh, and
what about the hotels and casinos that will be rebuilt? The
hospitals, medical supplies, schools, churches and, best of all,
synagogues! I even saw an article in the scurrilous Los Angeles
Times about how a couple of sacred Torahs had been saved, new
ones costing over $50, 000 because of the intricate,
time-consuming hand-written work. I'll make a bet the lawyers
are already marching over the hill, or down into the levies to
find someone to sue.
The list is endless. In that positive frame of mind, I think I
am going to buy more Home Depot stock, as it will surely go up!
Regretfully, I wish my "psychic" vibes had been a little more
finely attuned and I had thought to buy stock in Cheney's
Halliburton and Bush's oil friends before the election! But,
maybe it is not too late, as upcoming no-bid contracts are sure
to follow in disaster relief services, "consulting" and
restoration of Gulf area energy companies.
Speaking of infrastructure and building; is it timely
to remind folks of the awfully large fence currently under
construction along the Arizona border, all in the name of
"homeland security"? How odd this is hardly commented on.
Can anyone spot the double standard? Israel is still under
incredible attack from our Arabist State Dept, the United
Nations and the Holocaust sanctioners who make up the European
Union, over her decision to build just such a fence on her
borders. And what a list it is their many objections to a
Security Fence designed to keep out terrorists. I guess it is ok
for America to build an anti-"wetback" fence. Included among the
many illegals streaming over our border, there aren't
terrorists, having learned how to fly planes, believing America
is "the great Satan"...are there????
From the looks of it, Israel's fence is being built not a
moment too soon. Read the statistics for yourself if you doubt
how effective it has been already. Innocent Israeli lives are
being saved, but that probably doesn't matter.
I think it was a brilliant stroke of Public Relations on
Israel's part, which they usually aren't too keen on, when they
stepped back and allowed the savages in Gaza to have their orgy
of burning, looting and dancing of the rooftops of the
synagogues, without a Palestinian Authority or Egyptian border
guard lifting a finger, except to loot. In the long run, their
abandonment will come back and bite them on the tush. Because,
after the unchecked frenzy of destruction, about 20,000 of their
"brothers" crossed into Egypt and about 3,000 became new
residents of that garden spot of the Middle East, Gaza. It
mattered not that the United States, Egypt and even Israel had
actual promises from them that they would behave like humans and
not the barbaric cretins we anticipated. I, with my psychic
ability, knew that they were going to do exactly what they did.
It has been obvious to everyone except politically correct
morons, safe in their latte circles, and, of course, our top
rating news shows, that the "open borders" are going to give
Al-Qaeda unfettered access into the Gaza Strip, all the while
smuggling in arms via the Philadelphia corridor.
It is like a pot of hot, hot soup ready to boil over. And,
since my powers seem to be hot, I predict that the terror
organizations are working like little beavers to get as many
weapons in place before any of those useless 750 Egyptian border
guards stop them. That is, if they even try.
I remember when I was in Beirut in June of `82, working as a
journalist, seeing first hand how useless they were in any
capacity other than "prisoner". In that capacity, they excelled
and would come out waving white flags before the first shot was
fired. As for Al Qaeda, these are men who know how to fight; in
fact, for what's it worth, they excel in terrorism and cutting
When I think of what the people Israel is forced to deal with, I
often think of a species of fish I read about, probably when I
was marking time at Columbia. This breed are voracious eaters,
often running out of prey. When that happens, it's not a real
problem, because they turn cannibal and begin to devour their
own kind. I could tell you it's my "Psychic Powers" working, but
really, all I have to do is read the reports coming out of the
Middle East daily, to know that civil war is a reality.
Palestinian and Egyptian officials have given their "promise" to
curb the flow as soon as possible. However, we all know that
doesn't mean diddlysquat. So, tell you what I think? I believe
that something truly terrible is going to happen because
Pandora's Box has been opened. And, when the full extent of its
contents are revealed to the world, Israel will have the excuse
and, this time, possibly (but probably not) World approval, to
go back in and, for once, actually take the offensive and do
what they have to do, bring the terrorists the death they live
for and revere. No, not militants, or extremist, or activists.
They are roaches and like the vermin they are, must be
destroyed! Not negotiated with, nor pacified...killed!
Arlene Peck is an internationally syndicated columnist and
television talk show hostess. She travels extensively worldwide,
reporting to her audience about political events, social happenings
(Cannes Film Festival, London event for the Variety Club, etc.)
and "must see" spots. If there is a place to see and
be seen, she'll write about it for her international audience.
Arlene's syndicated column is read weekly by millions and her
television show ("Wow! It's Arlene Peck!") can be seen
throughout Southern California every Monday night.
Our special thanks to the author for submitting this article. A. G. S.