This is a plane that many recognize on sight.
Not just here, in the USA, but around the world.
I take that back . . . it’s my belief the majority of U. S. Citizens have little to no interest in history, recent or ancient.
Sure, they know of wars, but they don’t study why, when, how . . . even when the lessons history could teach us are but a decade old, nevermind from the last century.
That is why a bunch of rear orifices, currently “debating” on live television, are almost to a person adamantly and forcefully pledging to commit ground troops halfway around the world. No objective besides “stopping evil”, no plan other than “kicking their ass”, no exit strategy, no definition of victory. Hell, they don’t even have the first clue where and who are enemies are.
These rear orifices call for war to appease a public who has lost all capacity to formulate decisions based on reflection, based on cost analysis, based on objectives, based on rational thinking and deep understanding of what it is we face, based on understanding the consequences of our actions. A public easily swayed by blowhards; a public fearful of imagined threats; a public incensed by the killing of one lion, but uncaring of literally hundreds of thousands of lives lost as a direct consequence of our uninformed and naive decisions.
We live in a drastically different world from seventy years ago. Our now much more powerful bombs won’t solve any problems, won’t deter those who are our sworn enemies, and as such they are largely useless.
Today’s wars, like previous wars, are rooted in economics, but ideology has creeped into the foundation, and it has done so on all sides of the neverending conflict.
You can’t bomb ideology; you can’t even question it . . . you can only die for, or because, of it.
We are Modern Man and were I to be asked, I would say we are no better than those who came before us. We are, in fact, much worse, for we have not learned from the mistakes of them who came before us.
You would be surprised how often I hear “we should just turn the Middle East to slag” and “just nuke the bastards.”
Here’s a thought . . . if we care so little about the people there that we are willing to kill them all (and presumably let some mythical god sort them out), why the Foxtrot are we thinking of sending our troops there to die?
Happy August 6th.
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