03-22-2011 by L. S. Carbonell
There are days when one really needs a story like this one…..
In a speech marking World Water Day, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said “I have always said, heard, that it would not be strange that there had been civilization on Mars, but maybe capitalism arrived there, imperialism arrived and finished off the planet.” Capitalism? Imperialism? Really? Arrived from where? One hundred sixty three years after the publication of The Communist Manifesto, Chavez managed to come up with something no other communist or socialist has ever proposed. He might want to ask someone in Eastern Europe if communism and imperialism are mutually exclusive.
He went on to warn “Careful! Here on planet Earth where hundred of years ago or less there were great forests, now there are deserts. Where there were rivers, there are deserts.” He added that the attack on Libya was all about water and oil. Water? Libya has water?????
The United States National Research Council has suggested that NASA’s next mission objective should be robotic exploration of Mars to look for traces of civilization. Earthlings can’t get past that first impression that the “canals” were proof of sentient life, even after we’ve landed there and shown they aren’t really canals. Let’s just hope that before we send up the next Mars probe, we solve that little problem we have with being the only nation on earth still using English measurements instead of metric. That’s what caused one of our probes to fail – America’s refusal to do anything European.