Tags: war

kibbo kift - war won't work

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Anti-war meme from caerwynx, viamrghoul and lillassea . If you see this, post the lyrics to an anti-war song in your journal.

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EDIT:
I noticed that all the lyrics I chose were from the English in the World Wars. Yes, I know that we Americans have been in wars, too, and that we have a rich tradition of anti-war songs, but I chose these for two reasons: first, the particular songs were the first anti-war songs to actually move me, and so I pay homage; second, they are bitingly melancholy in a way that American songs rarely are -- remember, WWI/II was supposed to be "the Good War(s)", full of noble rhetoric, high ideals, and in defense of the homeland. The futility of war seems more poignant when reflected in the Great War than in imperialist interventions in far-away countries. It's too easy to rally against Vietnam; lamenting the War to end all war strikes closer to the root, IMO.
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jesuit angst

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On the one hand, where were you 2-3 years ago? Why only now does this come out? Hoping to tell your story on Oprah?

On the other hand, as gigglingwizard would ask, "What would Bush have to do to lose the support of his voters?"

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In other news, the latest sad attempt at justifying his FISA-less, warrantless domestic surveillance...

"We stopped a terrrrrist plot in 2002! Our spy network did a heckuva job!"

"Was this plot foiled due to the efficiency of your warrantless surveillance of American citizens?"

"Uh, no. We're *not* implying that this plot was foiled due to domestic surveillance. Uh, the timing of press releases are entirely coincidental."

::subliminal whispers::

Saddam... 9/11...

Saddam... 9/11...

9/11... Saddam...

Iraq... Al-Qaeda...

9/11... Iraq...

Iraq... 9/11...
bad cat

pissed off boy

Today, I found out that the US has used incendiary weapons in Iraq. I know, I shouldn't be shocked. I'm really not all that naive, and seem to remember something coming out a few months ago about the use of napalm (MK77)during the 2003 invasion (of course, napalm only sticks to people who deserve it).

Now, I read that a former Marine present during the November 2004 Fallujah campaign says that white phosphorus was dropped on Fallujah - white phosphorus... in a city! How were they supposed to control a cloud of burning dust and phosphoric acid, making sure that no civilians are hurt? Or were they so absolutely certain that no one but evil doers were still in the city?

Innocent or insurgent, can we agree that having one's flesh and lungs torched is an unnecessarily slow and painful death to inflict on anyone?

Too pissed off to formulate another sentence.



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EDIT TWO: Very gruesome photos of bodies from Fallujah are available here.
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bad cat

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thoughts I had a couple of days after 9/11:

No time for hand-wringing. We don't have time to fuck around with timid half-answers. Life is fragile and fast. Peace is the way - not complacency, but active peace. And if peace is the end, then peace is the means - peace is the path and practice. There is no other future.
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topsy and hat

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I think I've seen this somewhere else before.

"Trying to eliminate Saddam...would have incurred incalculable human and political costs. Apprehending him was probably impossible...We would have been forced to occupy Baghdad and, in effect, rule Iraq. There was no viable 'exit strategy' we could see, violating another of our principles. Furthermore, we had been consciously trying to set a pattern for handling aggression in the post Cold War world. Going in and occupying Iraq, thus unilaterally exceeding the UN's mandate, would have destroyed the precedent of international response to aggression that we hoped to establish. Had we gone the invasion route, (we) could conceivably still be an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land."
George HW Bush, A World Transformed (1998)
william morris

Thoughts on recent news for my scrapbook

First, I'd like to say how happy I am that Kerik withdrew his nomination for head of the Department of Homeland Security. His issues were more than just a "nanny problem". Giuliani seems dismayed that the media could tarnish such a shining example of service as Kerik, but knows that every time the DHS would be faced with an immigration issue, the media would rattle these skeletons in his closet. If Rudy stands by him, he must be a good guy. Hopefully, media attention will be focused on other nominees as well.
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