They will light the big Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center tonight. It will be on TV, on NBC.
I hope they don't sing "Joy to the World" or "I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day," because it would be too painful to watch a world-wide broadcast of Americans singing "Peace on earth, goodwill to men" the day after the New President just announced he is escalating the U.S. war against Afghanistan, that the corrupt election installing the drug lord Karzai for another term is A-OK with us, and 18 months from now maybe a few of the soldiers will be withdrawn. It does not sound like peace. Sounds like war, more war.
For those who say that the new troops are being put in to help the people, stabilize the situation, that is so wrong. The military has one job, which is to attack, bomb, destroy, kill, take, occupy, control, with weapons. And kill anybody who is a possible threat. They are not an NGO. They are not there to run soup kitchens or free clinics for the people. Before they are sent in, the troops are issued rifles, grenades, knives, various weapons. They are not given schoolbooks for the children or building materials for the villages.
I used to work on 5th Avenue between 47th and 48th St., caught the subway at 50th and 7th Ave., and I would always walk by Rockefeller Center on 5th on my way home after work. On the day they lit the tree, the plaza would be packed with people and children. Sometimes it was really cold outside -- even if you pulled your hat down and stamped your feet, it was still too cold. So I would stand there for awhile, then rush to the subway to get home.
I still like to watch the lighting of the tree on TV. I know, I know -- Christmas is so commercial, Rockefeller is such a corrupt family. But I like the tree and the lights. Take it from someone who used to walk up that street five nights/week, it was nice to see the big tree with the lights, a welcoming guide to us traveling home. I guess I just like the colored lights. But it was fun to see the little kids too, so excited about Christmas, about the tree. But no peace on earth. Not this year.