So when Pyle not-so-innoccntly tells Fowler "I don't think you quite understand Phuong" (60), Fowler can only impotently
wonder at what Pyle understands, and what Pyle (who speaks neither French nor Vietnamese) and Phuong (who speaks no English) might ever have talked about.
They pulled the bags, they stretched them, they stamped on them and they held them to the light and then they shook those heads, which were packed with philosophy and recipes for potions, and, impotently
, they cursed themselves and the bags and the modern world.
This was a programme I suggested in this column last November and, as I said at the time, "Rather than watching impotently
as firms lay off key workers, why doesn't the Assembly Government set up a multi-million-pound key fund which enables businesses to temporarily move their workers, during the current economic crisis, onto skills training courses?
As it happens he had only ten days to complete his grisly work while the world's population watched, some uncaring, some impotently
angry, some with smug satisfaction, from outside.
The lights on your wireless router flicker impotently
, and the signal from your one neighbor with a wireless network that doesn't require a password is so weak that you can't get in.
Meanwhile, aid workers and doctors from around the world bide their time at cafes, waiting eI| impotently
eI| for a chance to enter the coastal strip to help.
It proved itself as a rogue partner who does not want peace but likes the situation in Darfur to remain status quo as long as they have the Power (authority), Wealth (money) and Military might (force) and provided that the International Community (UN/AU) continues to be impotently
unable to do something positive to change the situation in Darfur by forcing the regime to comply with the Resolutions issued by the United Nations Security council (UNSC).
Specifically, he worries about Islam, and the fact that in the face of a repeated call to jihad against the West, Europe impotently
stands still, frozen in fear much as it did at Munich against Hitler.
In the still-smoking ruins of Beirut's Hezbollahstan, an outraged Syrian war-tourist railed impotently
against the West: "If not today, then after 20 or 100 years we will have died, but the coming generations will be our guarantee against the West.
Either accept the inevitable or curse impotently
at the laughing wind.
Smart people and good people may argue over the way out of this mess, but we'll continue to bury kids and wring our hands impotently
until we agree on the basics: We have to salvage the next generation of gangbangers while crushing the current generation.
And that inverted bowl we call the sky, Whereunder crawling coop't we live and die, Lift not thy hands to it for help--for it Roils impotently
on as thou and I.