To subdue the enemy without fighting is the supreme excellence. - Sun Tzu

Sunday, December 26, 2004

The Enemy

Hey, I totally agree that some people are evil and need to be destroyed. However, these are only the very few top-leadership types. The rest, the grunts, they're all normal, good people like you or me. The people at the bottom are motivated by what they see and what affects them. Unfortunately, those at the top have lied to them, motivating them to kill the enemy, even though "The Enemy" is really just like them (except for the fringe tiny-% at the top).

So the common people do horrible things to the other side's civilians, and then the leaders say, "See! Look at what they've done to us! This is just what we were telling you! Now go kill The Enemy (because they're evil!)!"

We did something to tick them off. They retaliated. We killed thousands of their civilians, thus proving to them that we're evil. Do you think that ANYONE doubts the fringe-radicals who have been saying this all along? They're wrong; we're good. We're wrong; the average ground-level grunt is just confused and afraid and defending himself.

Now tell me: In the above situation, which side is us and which side is them?
That's the nature of war. Now can we please cut it out?

Thursday, December 23, 2004

The Practicality of Politics

went dancing on the moon with my three favorite people today. Two I failed at pursuing and now we're "just friends". One has been like my brother since time began.

They talked like people- about nothing, or about the here-and-now, what's right in front of them, and enjoyed company. I was mute- All I had was critisism and sarcasm, and I didn't want to spoil anything. What else do I have, but maybe a few tired jokes?

We critisise to keep the system honest; pointing out problems is how they are fixed. good for tomorrow, but aren't I young? So summers go by out the window while I practice saving the world.

Thursday, December 09, 2004



Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Rumsfeld Insults Troops to their Faces

Story here

Soldiers ask why they have insufficient equipment and why there is "stop-loss" (pocket drafting). Rumsfeld, in essence, claims that things are fine and what's going on is necessary.

That is not what a military leader is supposed to do. He gave them a raw deal. A leader should side completely with the soldiers instead of implying that they're wrong, that everything's fine. He should be fighting tooth and nail to fix every complaint they have. At the very least, he should never, never contradict his soldiers to their faces! So much for "Bush/Cheney supports the troops".