Phil Richardson: A time of worldwide saber rattling

By Phil Richardson

Paradox: A statement that seems to be contradictory or absurd.

Just before the cavalry charged in those many battles now forgotten in the mists of time, the officers would shake their swords inside metal sheaths, and then while milling about, draw their weapons and clash their swords against those held by other mounted troops in their company. This was usually the signal for the long-bowmen behind to fill the air with showers of arrows or light the fuses on ancient cannons.

In 2017, it’s that pudgy little man with the weird haircut who neglects to change from his black pajamas before walking on-camera; or his communist Korean phalanxes goose-stepping by in double-quick time. They inherited this from the Germans, as well as something from the Russians: The higher the rank, the larger the hat on those stubby little midgets. They remind me of the munchkins in “The Wizard of Oz,” only a lot less friendly.

How many more times do we want to see the 6BU-43/M airburst Mother of All Bombs being dragged out of the rear end of a Hercules C-130 by a parachute, or watching 100 or more Taliban being vaporized by a shockwave? Since the airburst over the Taliban tunnels, Russia claims to have airburst bombs four times more powerful than our MOAB. Finally, the finger-pointing going on while trying to assign blame for the bombing in Syria of a convoy of civilians in busses who had been told they were being taken to a safe place.

Peace, they cry, when there is no peace. Only more wars and rumors of wars. As for the future, are we doomed to expect only more bloodshed, more blame-placing?

If we still have not destroyed all life on this planet by all sides stepping back from mutual annihilation before next Wednesday, I should have worked my way through a series of revelations made by a career British spy, Christopher Steele, formerly of British M.I.6, who reportedly ran the Russian Desk for the usually dependable British secret service. It may turn out to be a mess of fake news, but nevertheless, vastly entertaining. That is, if we are still around to enjoy it.



Phil Richardson, Observer of the human condition and storyteller, is a retired broadcast executive residing in Tucson, Arizona. He is the author of two books – “Water Dream” and “The Prosperity Coal Company” both available at

“He goes doddering on into his old age, making a public nuisance of himself.” – Joseph L. Menchen



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