To: Lurker; Noumenon
You guys might find this one interesting. He's got a pretty good point. Let's hope he's onto something.
posted on 04/10/2003 10:24:59 PM PDT
(the opposite of RIGHT is NOT left....it's WRONG!)
Thanks for the ping my friend.
It's always good to encounter a fellow traveler.
Did you see those poor Iragi 'soldiers' on CNN tonite? I don't know who I wept harder for; the Iraqis, or the absolutely shell shocked and gobsmacked CNN reporter.
There were at least a few thousand Iraqi 'soldiers' who were attempting to do nothing more than walk home.
Noone I saw was carrying a weapon (though I think they may come to regret that), they were all unarmed. Not one of theme was wearing anything remotely resembling a decent pair of shoes. The CNN reporter seemed to be absolutely stunned when the Iraqi soldier said to him something like: "If we didn't fight for Saddam, we would be executed."
If there is anyone with a brain in their head at CENTCOM, they will dispatch by any means necessary a Supply convor to that CNN Reporters location. He or she will further order every available MRE and bottle of water to be dispatched to that column off poor bastads who most likely haven't had a decent meal in weeks.
With any luck, it will be the Marines who get the duty. Hell , they've earned it.
Any Marine worth his salt would rather be giving them a ride home than killing them..
We live in amazing times.
posted on 04/10/2003 11:04:40 PM PDT
("One man of reason and goodwill is worth more, actually and potentially, than a million fools" AR)
He's got a good take on the mindset of Elitist Boomer vs Silent Boomer. But I still think that the Elitist Boomers are merely dancing to the tune of another meme - a meme codified long ago and given expression in the utopianist fantasies of the 18th century French dreamers, of the communards of the 19th century - their failed colonies notwithstanding, of the blood and iron national socialists and communists of the early twentieth century, of the murderous Pan-Arabist socialists and Islamic jihadists of the late twentirth and early twenty-first centuries.
It's the meme of the immanent eschaton that I've lately come to get a glimmer of understanding through my reading of Voegelin. That meme has been the headwaters of every self-annointed god and monster, saint and devil who thought that they could remake Man in their image - no matter the purpose. Gramsci acted under its influence, although I'm sure that he wasn't conscious of it. Hegel, Schopenhauer, Bergson - same deal. It's the wellspring of the seemingly irrational hatred that those of us who aren't drunk on its possibilites can't seem to fathom.
There's a lot more to be said on this subject, but it's late and I'm far from qualified to speak more knowledgeably on this right now. More study needed, but I think I'm on to something.
posted on 04/10/2003 11:16:13 PM PDT
(You can evade reality, but you cannot evade the consequences of evading reality - Ayn Rand)
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