Back in the very early 1980's I used to fill up my truck at a local Mobile gas station at the corner of Carl and 183. I'd be there before the sun came up. Numan, a Jordanian, was always getting off his shift and constantly asked me for work. Sometimes my helper was not around and he knew it. One day he was sitting outside the gas station waiting for me as he had quit his job and, as he pointed out, my helper was not there. He became a fantastic roofer. I'll tell his story soon but I can tell you Arab construction workers are real beasts of burden. They can lift as many times their weight as an African Lion Ant. And the heat was only a joke to him and his friends.
Are the roofers in Lebanon hoping for a good shelling like Texas roofers want hail? Is war a trickle down phenomena that employs the construction industry? Do they have a system similar to our UL 2218 Impact Resistant Roofing that rates bullets and shells? They needn't because they are made of concrete and stone. So if the projectile is large enough to damage the roof, the roof itself will kill you.
Whatever is happening, people are dying and having their brains smashed out for those things we hold for granted. Yes we can run our mouths about our leaders but every two years we have a small revolution and every four years a major one. The kettle is allowed to boil and steam is let off. Over there the top has blown off and people are angry.
Remember what Aristotle said about hate and anger? Some are trashing the place but some good people have joined hands to keep order and protect the public buildings. The feared police have vanished and the army is hanging out keeping some order.
Let's hope our brothers in Egypt, Yemen, Algeria, Jordan, and any other place that is following the Tunisian example do not let the evil rise up and gain a foothold for the next 30 something years. Aristotle said that if your government is bad, but only kind of bad, leave it alone because you'll probably get something worse. This seems improbable but Mubarak is not Stalin or Hitler. He may be a corrupt dictator that feels the country is his personal property just as the capable but underachieving Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Gucci Alligator Boot did.
Well the land is not anyone but the society's and how they wish to allot it.
Let's all pray that the violence soon subsides. If it does not and the roofs sustain billions in damage, then rest assured lots of children will suffer greatly. That is the real tragedy of dictators. Their life is perceived to have more value than everybody else. The Prime Mover will inform you it does not.
Jon Alan Wright
Jon Wright Roofing, Siding, and Windows
1915 Peters Rd., Suite 310
Irving, TX 75061
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