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Published on February 20th, 2011 | by Leonard Jackson


Modern Warfare

Unrest in EgyptIn our world today, especially in politics, things move so fast that before you have a chance to study the circumstances concerning a particular issue it’s over and now you must hurry to try to form an opinion about the results. Is the outcome good for us or bad; should we be optimistic about the future or apprehensive?

The unpopular president of Egypt resigned, returned, wasn’t going to retire then said he was. He changed his mind more often than Bret Favre and like Favre’s actions, many of us finally came to the same conclusion – “who cares?” (Turns out it just takes a long time to count and stash billions of dollars.) But in this global upheaval we really should care. It’s important that we care, or at least know who the players are and what it means? Keeping up may be harder than it ever was, but we owe it to our progeny, to ourselves and to our friends and neighbors to stay as informed as we can and whenever possible exercise our “inalienable” rights to promote those principals we stand for and believe in.

Watching the events unfold in Egypt the past weeks proved one thing rather dramatically – no one else seems to be able to keep up either. We don’t seem to have a consensus yet as to whether the Muslim Brotherhood or the military or any other faction would be the preferable winners in this new democracy. Everything happened to fast and unexpectedly. Many of the pundits and politicos must be dizzy trying to find and jump in front of the most popular parade. Commenting with enough ambiguity so when no matter which winner has emerged they can claim allegiance and take credit for the successful victory.

But one thing is certain and it boggles the mind when you think about it. The whole revolution was instigated, conducted and eventually concluded in the new world of social networking. I’m not sure just how all this happens – I’m not proficient to say the least in any of this. I’m on Facebook at the minimum level of participation and I neither tweet nor twitter (or is that the same thing.) Since the elections of 2008 the influence of this new means of communication became apparent and the power it can generate with minimum investment is still unimaginable.

We just watched a regime of thirty years toppled by people communicating on computers and telephones in a matter of a few weeks. The aftermath of all this is still yet to come, but we are certainly living in a space where we’ve not been before. I only hope and pray that the revolutionaries can govern as well as they can revolt in this new form of warfare.

About the Author

Leonard Jackson

As I prepare my “reentry” into the e-world of blogging, I am advised that I should provide my prospective audience with a brief biographical résumé covering my life’s work and future aspirations so that I, and my work, can be properly categorized and thus judged in the proper venue. Since I will be joining a new group in just a few short months, it came to my attention that for a quick summary I can cover my life span in 20 year segments that pretty well sum up the route that I took to get to where I am today. In December, the Lord willing, I will become a member of that esteemed group known as Octogenarians. . Now that may be a disturbing, even scary, pigeonhole for some folks to find themselves assigned to, but I’m beginning to realize some real benefits from being maturity advantaged. The first 20 years I grew up, was educated and began my married life and my career. Second period was about 20 years in the cotton business in Memphis, TN. Trading this commodity in the world’s largest inland cotton market. Third period was spent in the municipal bond industry in Memphis, Houston TX Chicago and finally to my present home in Kansas City, MO. The fourth 20 years I served as a registered investment adviser to a number of individual clients which I continue to do in a semi-retired capacity. In addition to all this, over all these years, I have been blessed with a loving wife of sixty years, four children, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a menagerie of grand horses, dogs, cats and a donkey. Providentially, none of these, except of course my patient wife, are still living in the family home. And now the fifth period will be consumed in my new career. For the first time in all the years I have an opportunity to share my opinions with the world. I can truly express my thoughts without regard to any extenuating conditions. I can just say how I feel about any subject. How liberating. Let the blogging begin!!!! By the way – what I do in the next period remains to be seen and depends on how well I do in the fifth period.

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