(This isn’t a re-post. It is a re-model. The original was very ugly-angry. During my last days at the hopeless hospital I’d written the original. I pulled most of the nastier barbs off, but I left a couple little ones just for kicks.)
I am very glad C-Jane sometimes works in Switzerland. All the women in Geneva look out-standing, and at the very worst, they are only cute. As cute as she is, every time C-Jane comes backfrom Switzerland, the magic in the water has turned her super-hot. But this time, I got to go meet her in Geneva, and drink from the fountain of super-hotness!
When I asked Calamity Jane, she said it wasn’t the water. It is normal in Geneva to walk, and walk, and walk some more. I mean like all over the place. No one needs a car. Unlike here in Las Vegas, the busses are very efficient and can take you near anyplace you need to go. If the weather is nice, there is no need to take a bus – just walk.
Walking? Isn’t that a little barbaric? I thought Jesus died for freedom, so we could all have cars, and eventually ride on motorized scooters?
On that note, I don’t recall seeing any scooters in Switzerland. I ask C-Jane, “Where are all those Walmart-people and their motorized wheelchairs?” Perhaps the Swiss are not wealthy enough to have such luxury. (Geneva is one of the richest cities in the world. It is probably because of the cost of train fares.)
As a nation, the United States is 235 years old, and has already begun its decent into self-destruction and/or some sort of Orwellian-mutation. Geneva, on the other-hand, has stood for over 2200 years. People were still waiting for Jesus to come for the first-time – Geneva was already a small town. When the Roman Empire was expanding, the town served as a port in Lake Geneva. When Rome fell, Geneva was still standing. Resilient are the Swiss.
Remember that thingy called the Geneva Convention? Yup, also in Switzerland; but first here is something about warfare in the bad ole’ days. Before 1859, when war was being waged, the wounded on the battlefield were left for the crows. Screw those dudes. Crow-food might be the easy way out; prisoners were treated at the discretion of their captor.
“Henry Dunant (founder of Red Cross) was shocked by the terrible aftermath of the battle, the suffering of the wounded soldiers, and the near-total lack of medical attendance and basic care. He completely abandoned the original intent of his trip and for several days he devoted himself to helping with the treatment and care for the wounded. He succeeded in organizing an overwhelming level of relief assistance by motivating the local population to aid without discrimination.” — Wikipedia
This was the beginning of the International Red Cross, which is based in Geneva. The Red Cross also pushed for rules of engagement in battle; below is a list of the first countries to sign the Geneva Convention.
On August 22, 1864, the conference adopted the first Geneva Convention “for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded in Armies in the Field”. Representatives of 12 states and kingdoms signed the convention: Baden, Belgium, Denmark, France, Hesse, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Prussia, Switzerland, Spain, and Württemberg.”—Wikipedia
The U.S. did not sign the first declaration. It wasn’t until the American Civil War, when an American woman by the name of Clara Barton introduced the American Red Cross as adopted and incorporated with the original Red Cross. It wasn’t until after WWI when the U.S. adopted the Geneva Convention as a rule.
Gitmo Bay is a violation of the treaty our leaders promised to uphold.
Also in Geneva is the United Nations. We were walking past the United Nations on a cold February morning and came upon a large group of German-Iranians on a peace march. They were calling to the attention of delegates to intercede in the human rights violations happening in Iran.
I found it to be a strange sight. In the early 80’s when Iran became a Religious Theocracy, the media at the time had shown Iranians as dirty people who burned American flags and shot bullets at the air in anger. But in real life, they looked pretty normal to me. Just regular people wanting the same things all people crave, the right to be treated fairly by their keepers.
The League of Nations under Woodrow Wilson was also in Geneva. I wouldn’t be surprised if the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and the League of Super-Best Friends is also somewhere in Geneva.
(FYI- ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ was a terrible Sean Connery movie made in the nineties. The ‘Super-Best Friends’ was an episode of ‘South Park’ featuring Seaman and his birdy-pal, Swallow.)