..Stay his hand.

So there’s a lot of talk lately in the news. Posturing by North Korea. Tension mounting about possible military strikes. We’ve seen this many times over lately but, I always find myself wondering if someone will fail to flinch in the game of chicken and something will spark another all out confrontation.

It’s easy to say, “Screw those guys. Hit them fast and hard and be done with it.” or “Bah..these idiots don’t have the military power to make any kind of effective threat.”

Well, I’d actually submit that an “idiot” who doesn’t have enough military power to be effective is FAR more dangerous than one who does.  Desperate to prove something to the world, they will strike out at anything they can. And if they are weaker, those targets usually come in the form of innocent civilians.

Syrdals have always been warriors of some sort or another. If not working directly within the Military then at least as a civilian along with them.  And I suppose it’s the Norse blood that drove them into the Navy because that is where the majority of them were.  The call of the Sea is a powerful thing if it’s in your DNA.

I still feel like I should have gone when I was able. But, I thought about it..and just resolved myself to the fact that I didn’t belong there at that time.

I have a major design “glitch” that makes me a lousy follower if the person who is supposed to be leading either Can’t or Won’t.  Boils my blood. I break ranks, take matters into my own hands, and usually find myself in disciplinary action of one sort or another.

Happens every day at work.

So anyway, with all the talk of military action out there I found 2 poems I think sum up a great deal of how I feel about such things.

Hope you enjoy them:

“Biting Steel and Crushing Stone;
Are hardly hindered by flesh and bone,
But the mightiest weapon of any King’s land,
Is the that which allows him to stay his hand.”

* * * * *

“Never a Chorus sung by all the Angels,
Could topple the very Ramparts of Heaven,
So much as a Joyous Story,
Of how a human heart was able to
Sunder Stone and Shatter Steel.”


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