Same darn building and I had shot it before but when others are intrigued by the clouds in the glass you see it again.
There is Progress for you. The word as of a month ago has been that Oakland is declared (Certified! An inside joke on the White House….) 100% good to go and can begin fixing up expecting no unusual surprises ahead. That is huge in terms of quality of life. One of the biggest issue with this project was not to ruin the lives of whoever lived around here for a long time and give everything to a bunch of “White People” (this is long before the current regime in DC) move in and take everything just when is worth something.
The clouds in the glass may be a very limited view of Oakland today but will expand and is not a project of Real Estate victory but quality of life.
That will have problems of all kinds thanks to nature or man. I was recently in Palo Alto and is same as was a few months ago but for our today argument a long time ago East Palo Alto (exists and a lot of people live there though American culture labels them as non-existent just like Oakland was once labeled there is no there …. ) was not a city and had this crazy project. They wanted to turn a parcel of land into what would be a small business park with offices. Then some businesses in need of the proximity would move there and East Palo Alto claimed they finally had a “tax base” and City of Palo Alto fought so hard to stop it. Today is years later and clouds in the glass can appear without bother from neighbors for all kinds of good or bad reasons.
Oakland has passed the babysitting stage. Never mind the details but luck is on it’s side now.
That also brings us to a story far from here. State Department doesn’t want debates on this topic because is very complex and they will complain soon somebody found a way to stick the topic inside another topic even if told not to.
Will the Kurds see the clouds in the glass one day? That is the silent debate. The details can be found in the news and let’s face it everyone loves to attack them and have some victory. They also have the potential for power a requirement of Independence hence many fear such thoughts.
Their babysitting days have begun. Enclosed inside hostile, backward and violent so-called nation’s the idea of change will find many difficulties. The most basic step however was taken. They made an open statement that they exist. The road from nothing to a developed country is far and dangerous as many find out. East Palo Alto won’t travel that road again and Oakland just finished the babysitting part of it’s travel and hardly anyone even knows. The Kurds have just began.
The babysitting era means a lot of help finds you by luck.
As of last week, in follow up to attacks by Iraq the babysitters attacked Iraq in a symbolic gesture. Iraq has taken the subtle (politically goes unannounced) attacks on it’s electronic capabilities into consideration. Russians have peculiar approaches to problems and nobody likes a surprise especially when hostile. The good folks in the ill-repute land of Turkey (has the worst history of probably any country for centuries dating to literally today on human rights anywhere they get to) are marked to be next if needed and the regional super-power Iran (with it’s huge number of weak spots) has been promised as soon as the Regime in DC changes (everyone put their energy there for now) they get at least one attack to remember not to attack minorities and the penalty is not because of attacks made or to be made but because they make these elaborate stories and justifications why attacking whom and where is justified. Neither Turkey nor Iran have attacked the Kurds in this conflict but present many elaborate arguments why they have a right to. After the damage they will change their arguments.
Babysitting allows opportunities to arise.
The French have been very supportive of Kurds as a “people” historically and expected to invest in the “people” there. Germans volunteered recently (means viciously fought to get the job or duty of) to ensure Syria is rebuilt based on Code on random local practices. It is needless to say in a less developed country the idea of standards as building codes, electrical codes, and so on (architecture? What is that?) hardly exist. The Kurds can expect the same. The Code? Welcome to the developed world.
And that is key point in the general idea that Civilization requires a great deal of work. Deciding to be and live as people (with better standards of life) is a long way from happening by itself. That is why babysitting is a legitimate diplomatic and military duty.
And State Department doesn’t want to get into this mess. An entire country appearing overnight when we have so many deals going with so many people (countries?) around there. America may be big on economy and military but diplomatically is another story. Others are pushing the baby-sitting agenda. Kurds will have a country but a lot of times the cart goes before the horse! Sometimes it becomes developed long before it becomes independent. The development is sheltered and supported by it’s government which they lack due to history so babysitting is trying way to go. And the answer is yes people will come from far away armed to kill you and your family just because you want to live better and more comfortably. And the stories they tell why they may. Those stories and arguments are as criminal as any bona fide acts of violence.
The babysitting will continue. Russians are very big in some areas and not topic here but they definitely babysit here. The political situation has been pacified and the highest diplomat the Kurds have is resigning to visit other countries and use diplomacy. Building a country requires huge commitments and investment. There is a line of volunteers out there to meet.
And it should be mentioned here also (which State Department would appreciate) another relevant development.
The story is old and goes as did before. Long time ago the Israelies used to run their mouth a lot and finally one day they headed to Iran. As long distance from there a battle cost both sides several airplanes and the myth of “we attack you” died there. More important at that exact time EU sent envoys to Iran and started funding to keep things going. It is years later and Iran has been a good security guard of their side of Middle East. As of two weeks ago French demanded that Iran move it’s Middle East Command (what EU supports to keep peace in Persian Gulf) to Syria and it actually did happen and has been verified. The effect? The myth of Israel “will attack everyone and anyone” on this side of Middle East will die slowly also. Let’s not forget how these countries will do their own action in the guise of somebody else is in charge and doing it.
The rebuilding of Syria and Kurdistan is expected to vary from traditional recoveries. It will be a leap through time and is both about people and places. Will the “White People” of the area try to move in and take Everything as soon as starts to turn good as Oakland almost experienced?
The word is had Kurds became independent the entire Kurdish population of Iran would relocate there which Iran didn’t like. That contradicts tales of the great country is run there. An entire ethnic minority leaves? The emphasis is on 100% in this report making it interesting and upsetting. And Saudi are very interested in Syrian peace and rebuilding AFTER the Middle East Command moved there. The word is they will stop worrying for good the Israelies can do whatever they want. Who will move when things get better? The people who lived there. And again word is Lebanese and Palestinean hope for economic upgrades then.
Babysitting is a cool diplomatic duty. It can happen here in Oakland or in far places. It is rewarding work if and when get to the end of the babysitting era. Oakland is well-off now and I don’t think anybody here has a clue what any of this means hence in need of “development.” And it only begins overseas. And babysitting by nature includes outsiders as Lebanese and Palestinean in this case.
The key element of babysitting is the babysitters must have the ability and be willing to inflict incredible harm without much ceremony. It is like protecting your kids form wild animals. It has to get done. There is very little talk around and about it. And same goes for countries or the ones-to-be.
And for the record, countries such as United States are incapable of babysitting and doing good because of corruption in their systems. US military is part Mercenary and part legitimate personnel in that area as an example.