Jesse Livermore was a well known Wall Street stock broker in his time who made fortunes and lost them on a recurrent, even casual basis. His exploits were best documented in Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, from Edwin Lefevre, which gave us a number of memorable quotes such as “profits take care of themselves – losses never do,” and throughout all my years of investing I’ve found that the big money was never made in the buying or the selling.The big money was made in the waiting.” That waiting, in terms of Bashir Assad seems about ready to end. Timing is everything. It’s been a tough spell for Moslems, Germany was even willing to antagonize the jews over circumcision to take a swipe at Islam and the French have been full bore on Moslems for failing to discard their archaic ways and lifestyles.
But some divine justice was enacted yesterday as some of the cream of Assad’s gang including family were whisked to a better place in the heavens, virgins or notwithstanding on balance, the world is a safer place. As a bonus, Iran’s Quds Force commander, Qassem Suleimani was also undearly departed which all in all, has the whiff and hidden hand of Western covert operations. Time for Bashir to pack the luggage and join Idi Amin poolside, continuing a long tradition in the Middle East of a generation or two of stability followed by a violent changing of the guard. The “new Syria” is looking like the point of no return.
But as wily and astute as Jesse was, he did not always have an excellent understanding of probability. Particularly in the domestic and civil sphere. His third wife was Harriet Metz Noble, for whom Jesse was husband number five. The previous four, in a stretch of the odds, all died by the same unnatural cause: suicide. Yep. In 1940 Jesse managed the same feat. Any you spell it. Demise. The curse of Harriet. Middle East leaders have always had food testers in their employ and insurance underwriters have never benefited from such high premiums. Its the Anniversary of the Oslo Accords and the new roadmap to peace looks like a toll road and some new infrastructure. Those Russian investments in Syria look pretty shaky.
Russia’s visit to Israel was no coincidence. Putin may have made some mea-culpas at the Western Wall, but unleashing American style chaos theory on this last of the old dominoes is not something his intransigence will have to apologize for, according to the way Russia is acting. Syria is a much more complicated issue than Iraq and far more volatile, if thats possible in terms of repercussion to regional economics. Trying to put out a massive chemical fire with the use of water in buckets, political solutions, handed from man to man,when naked violence has been the traditional lawmaker in these hills.
(see link at end)… The Saracens upon the ramparts beheld all these manifestations without alarm. To incense the Christians, whom they despised, they constructed rude crosses, and fixed them upon the walls, and spat upon and pelted them with dirt and stones. This insult to the symbol of their faith raised the wrath of the crusaders to that height that bravery became ferocity and enthusiasm madness. When all the engines of war were completed the attack was recommenced, and every soldier of the Christian army fought with a vigour which the sense of private wrong invariably inspires. Every man had been personally outraged, and the knights worked at the battering-rams with as much readiness as the meanest soldiers. The Saracen arrows and balls of fire fell thick and fast among them, but the tremendous rams still heaved against the walls, while the best marksmen of the host were busily employed in the several floors of the moveable towers in dealing death among the Turks upon the battlements….
…Godfrey, Raymond, Tancred, and Robert of Normandy, each upon his tower, fought for hours with unwearied energy, often repulsed, but ever ready to renew the struggle. The Turks, no longer despising the enemy, defended themselves with the utmost skill and bravery till darkness brought a cessation of hostilities. Short was the sleep that night in the. Christian camp. The priests offered up solemn prayers in the midst of the attentive soldiery for the triumph of the Cross in this last great struggle, and as soon as morning dawned every one was in readiness for the affray. The women and children lent their aid, the latter running unconcerned to and fro while the arrows fell fast around them, bearing water to the thirsty combatants. The saints were believed to be aiding their efforts, and the army, impressed with this idea, surmounted difficulties under which a force thrice as numerous, but without their faith, would have quailed and been defeated. Read More:http://robotics.caltech.edu/~mason/Delusions/epd_crusades.html