First and foremost, THANK YOU to all of the brave men and women who have served the United States in the past. THANK YOU to all the brave men and women who serve today. And THANK YOU to the brave men and women and their families who have given the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedoms and our country.
Today, to honor those men and women and their families, I hope for ALL of us to lose the label of Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative, Tea Partier, Righty, Lefty, etc., and subscribe to the only label that truly matters...AMERICAN.
Now on to a quick one...not too sure how to feel about this one...often worried that the world is going to Hell in a hand basket because of stuff like this...
The United Nations' Security Council charged a panel (made up of representatives from the U.S., the U.K., China, France, Russia, Japan, and South Korea) with the undaunting task of monitoring the enforcement of the already imposed UN sanctions on the North Korean regime that effort blocking their advancement of a nuclear program.
Some of these sanctions are aimed to ban North Korea from exporting or importing weapons, nuclear technology, and/or missile technology.
The panels findings, which finally went to the Security Council yesterday (China had been doing its best to prevent the report from being distributed, but finally allowed it), shows that North Korea, despite the UN sanctions, exports $100 million in weapons and missiles each year.
The report (all 75-pages worth) also provides evidence collected by the International Atomic Energy Agency, different governments across the world, and varying news reporting agencies that states North Korea is involved in "nuclear and ballistic missile related activities in certain other countries including Iran, Syria, and Myanmar (Burma)".
The report does cite that the sanctions seem to be limiting North Korea's arms sales, but still...$100 million?!?!?
Now I'm not saying we, or any other government, should go in and engage North Korea militarily. This isn't saber-rattling.
Just something to keep an eye on...dangerous times. Bad sh*t all around. Wars and rumors of wars. Regimes Hell-bent on wiping countries and people off the face of the Earth. It's a sh*tshow out there.
The Holiday Season is right around the corner...it kicks off in a mere 2 weeks.
Regardless of faith, regardless of nationality, regardless of political affiliation, remember one underlying and unified basic fact about what the Season is all about:
PEACE ON EARTH, GOODWILL TO MEN.