Land of Confusion

Time seems to be compressing between devastating events. Let’s take a look at some headlines and happenings since the new millenium began – the year dedicated as the International Year for the Culture of Peace.

2000

  • Bill Clinton becomes the first US President to have his infidelity displayed on national television during prime time. The younger generation is now challenged to find good role models.
  • The State of Vermont passes HB847, legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples.
  • Under international pressure Israel withdraws IDF forces from southern Lebanon after 22 years.
  • Israeli opposition leader Ariel Sharon visits the Temple Mount, protected by a several-hundred-strong Israeli police force. Palestinian riots erupt, leading to a full-fledged armed uprising (called the Al-Aqsa Intifada by sympathizers and the Oslo War by opponents).
  • Aden, Yemen: the USS Cole is badly damaged by two Al-Qaeda suicide bombers, who place a small boat laden with explosives alongside the United States Navy destroyer, killing 17 crew members and wounding at least 39.
  • Fifteen Arab leaders convene in Cairo, Egypt, for their first summit in 4 years; the Libyan delegation walks out, angry over signs the summit will stop short of calling for breaking ties with Israel.
  • Iraq disarmament crisis: Iraq rejects new U.N. Security Council weapons inspections proposals.
  • Indonesia bombings: 18 people are killed in multiple Islamist bomb attacks on churches across Indonesia.

2001 Terrorism

– 249 Arab rockets and mortar bombs fired at Southern Israeli civilian areas, World Trade Center bombing, Anthrax, Afghanistan and more…

2002 Terrorism

– 292 Arab rockets and mortar bombs fired at Southern Israeli civilian areas, International Protestant Church bombed in Pakistan, Arab suicide bomber detonates at Passover seder, Arab militants held hostages in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and more…

2003 Terrorism

– 420 Arab rockets and mortar bombs fired at Southern Israeli civilian areas, War in Iraq, US Army sergeant Hasan Karim Akbar kills fellow soldiers, multiple female suicide bombers, car bombs and more…

2004 Terrorism

– 1157 Arab rockets and mortar bombs fired at Southern Israeli civilian areas, suicide bombings, American private military contractors murdered and mutilated in Iraq, Osama bin Laden threatens terrorist attacks on the US and more…

2005 Terrorism

– 417 Arab rockets and mortar bombs fired at Southern Israeli civilian areas, tourists attacked in Egypt, London public transit bombings and more…

2006 Terrorism

– 968 Arab rockets and mortar bombs fired at Southern Israeli civilian areas, terrorist bombing of Mumbai, India’s rail system, North Korea goes nuclear, war in Somalia and more…

2007 Terrorism

– 1423 Arab rockets and mortar bombs fired at Southern Israeli civilian areas, China has ballistic missile capable of destroying satellites in orbit, Taliban targets VP Dick Cheney in suicide bomb attack, and more

2008 Terrorism

– 4681 Arab rockets and mortar bombs fired at Southern Israeli civilian areas, Arab terrorist kills 8 Israeli civilian teenage boys and wounds 9 at Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem, 195 people killed and 250 injured in terrorist attacks on Mumbai, India, Russia develops the “Father of all Bombs” and more…

Pretty heavy stuff, huh? Well let’s lighten it up a bit with some words of wisdom (1986 lyrics) from Mike Rutherford and a video you may (or may not) find humorous…

Land of Confusion, lyrics by Mike Rutherford
I must’ve dreamed a thousand dreams
Been haunted by a million screams
But I can hear the marching feet
They’re moving into the street.

Now did you read the news today
They say the danger’s gone away
But I can see the fires still alight
There burning into the night.

There’s too many men
Too many people
Making too many problems
And not much love to go ’round
Can’t you see
This is a land of confusion.

…The men of steel, the men of power
Are losing control by the hour.

This is the time
This is the place
So we look for the future

…My generation will put it right
We’re not just making promises
That we know, we’ll never keep.

Now this is the world we live in
And these are the hands we’re given
Use them and lets start trying
To make it a place worth fighting for.

This is the world we live in
And these are the names were given
Stand up and lets start showing
Just where our lives are going to.

Genesis for their 1986 album Invisible Touch

If you’re too young (or too old) to understand the symbolism in this video, you can read an explanation at Wikipedia.

The lyrics were written 22 years ago, have we fulfilled the “My generation will put it right” line?

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