Norman George: Pondering the imponderable in 2020

Tuesday January 14, 2020 Written by Published in Opinion
Norman George: Pondering the imponderable in 2020

OPINION: As a new decade dawns, look for the brightness of the early sunrise with optimism in the air.



e have just come out of another turbulent decade. We are in different physical and mental states.  

Some of us are in a rut needing inspiration; some are like a printer without ink. Some still carry the weary work face of last year.

Some are full of forlorn sadness with the loss of loved ones. 

Some see the brightness of the early sunrise with optimism in the air. Others see the sunset as the fading light at the end of the tunnel, taking away all hope of recovery with it.  

“Such is life!” The last words of Ned Kelly seconds before he was hanged for being a horse thief and bank robber in the New South Wales bushland 140 years ago.

It is amazing how we humans adjust to conditioning. Our ability to escape doom and beat the odds. Not waiting for fate to smile and replenish hope.

I watched New Yorkers celebrate the arrival of the New Year at Time Square on Sky TV. I was deeply moved by the song “Imagine” composed by John Lennon. It was the first time I listened carefully to the lyrics. 

It talks about how people should avoid hate and prejudice, that people should come together without being divided by beliefs and religion. What a masterpiece from John Lennon. Still keeping alive his message of peace, love and togetherness.

Her Majesty the Queen gave a very calm measured address to the Commonwealth. She, as always admitted her family having their own ups and downs. What I liked the most was her quote: “It is often the small steps, not the giant leaps, that bring about the most lasting change.”

The world was stunned this month when top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani was “droned” by the Americans in Iraq. This brought worldwide outrage and fear of an outbreak of war between Iran and the USA.  

Why did President Trump order the hit? Of course we heard the usual rhetoric from Trump that Soleimani was a top terrorist with American blood on his hands.  

Curiously, having heard from a President who is reputed to have uttered a total of 13,000 lies since taking over the White House, there is a need to carefully analyse his actions. Why all of a sudden did the General have to be taken out?  

Trump faces imminent impeachment. America’s House of Representatives has approved two articles of impeachment. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is waiting for sleepy Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to agree to procedural rules for the hearing of the impeachment charges, before handing over the articles of impeachment to the Senate.

The other issue is that America goes to the polls in November this year to elect a new President. I recently watched 2011 footage where Donald Trump said that he expected President Obama to declare war on Iran to stop Iran from making nuclear weapons.

The reason he gave was that Obama was such a poor negotiator that Iran will refuse to agree to a non-proliferation treaty against nuclear weapons.  

How wrong he was. Obama and the rest of the world, with the exception of North Korea, signed a treaty with Iran.  

When Trump came into power, he withdrew the US from the Treaty as he did with the Climate Change Protocol as well. Now guess who is frustrated because Iran will not hold talks to create a new treaty?

To sum it all up, Trump is deploying an old strategy of “diversion”. Put slime under the wheels of impeachment to slide it out of reach, then go to war with Iran under the fake excuse of an imminent threat to the safety of all Americans.

You beat your impeachment and win the election. But at what price and at what cost in terms of millions of lives? Watch this space.



hen recently we witnessed the escape from Japan of motor industry tycoon Carlos Ghosn. He jumped bail and escaped by private jet to Lebanon to get away from “injustice”, he said.

I have to agree with him. He was held in custody for about 14 months, allowed no visitors, no phone calls to his family, with lengthy interrogations to force him to confess.  

A legal system which treats everyone presumed guilty unless you prove your innocence is unacceptable, and very frightening. Good luck to this poor man.

We have our own thugs come running home for safety when they get into trouble with gangs in Australia and New Zealand. Some had close shaves with the Australian mafia.

The rest of 2020 for us, I predict, will be full of insecurity, foreboding and painful for some.  

You cannot win something without giving up something. We need an off-ramp to get away from our troubles.  

In the past decade our politics deteriorated from horrible to deplorable. The pattern has been to hear beautiful denials, exploitation by those holding positions of privilege, blatant abuse of the system, garnered with a torrent of lies.  

The grip on power by those in power will need their deadlock hands removed from the wheel. Some will end up on the highway, with only one vehicle, travelling to nowhere. 

Let’s look out for the rainbow in the sky. Let’s celebrate and not denigrate our future. Don’t let anyone dim your light. We need to end the agony of the past decade. 

Kua rava teia. Ka kite.


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