ongoing Â· Unending War: “Iâm having a persistent anger-management problem; seeing your former home blown to hell with malice aforethought will do that. So, who am I mad at? Oddly, Iâm not that mad at the foot soldiers on either side, the IDF or the Hez. Itâs depressingly easy to get young men to go out and kill and die for reasons that turn out later to have been really crappy. The IDF gruntsâ leaders tell them that doing this will make the rockets stop and bring peace to Israelâs northern border, and Iâm sure a lot of them are going about their bloody business as conscientiously as they possibly can. The Hez grunts are mostly poor, oppressed, ignorant, and religion-befuddled, and their leaders tell them that doing this will punish violent oppressors and do Godâs will. Â¶
Those leaders, though… anyone whoâs read first-hand reportage about the Hez leadership knows theyâre bloodthirsty racist fundamentalist barbarians who would really like to kill all the Jews and revert the world to fourteenth-century ways. Scum.
As for the Israeli political leadership, we have to act on the assumption that they actually kind of understand whatâs going on around them, and that they launched this in full knowledge that they intended to kill hundreds, displace hundreds of thousands, and break a country. And thereâs a sickening suspicion that they knew it wouldnât work, that this is all playing to the domestic political theater; which would be getting into MiloÅ¡eviÄ territory. Scum.
But right at the moment, thereâs another group that Iâm even angrier at. These are the individuals right here in the civilized world who are egging on one side or the other, who show up in blog comments and on talk radio and in some newspaper columns, explaining how itâs OK for one side to lob rockets into cities, or for the other to blow up towns with everyone in them, because the other side deserves what itâs getting; the victims are kind of sub-human, or are paying a fair price for something they did in 2001 or 1987 or 1973 or 1967 or 1949 or a couple of millennia before that.
Their position, basically, is âLetâs you and him fightâ?. Yep, theyâre willing to fight to the last screaming bleeding victim, as long as itâs a couple of continents away from their comfy chair. Some more of them will write me after I publish this. Theyâre not just scum, theyâre cowards.”
In Europe, we had 2 world wars ravage the continent, and somehow, people seem to remember. We always feel that the US has never (recently) known a war on its own land, only in other countries. And really, it’s true: I am in NY now and this doesn’t feel like a country at war. Nobody’s dying. No houses are being blown up.
There are a lot of reasons why the US is so happy to go to war in foreign countries and tear them apart (the biggest military in the world needs at least some practice), but the fact that they don’t remember what war is like must be one of them, and the feeling many in the world have that terrorism against the US is ok stems at least partly from that. “Let them feel some pain too”, basically. Sure, americans are good at theatrics about the “american lives lost”, but the average person doesn’t feel any pain from being at war with 3 countries in 5 years (I may miscalculate here, is it more or less?).
Attacking and ravaging other countries does not help you, guys, even if you call them terrorists. And supporting countries who do doesn’t help you either.