RANGER AGAINST WAR: After the Love <

Monday, March 31, 2008

After the Love

Arming everyone to the teeth is always
the most direct avenue to world peace


War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength

, George Orwell
[co-opted as RNC motto, 2000]

For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,

At the old ball game

--Take Me Out to the Ball Game
, Jack Norworth

Despite the general good cheer in the stadium, poor George got jeered while throwing out the first pitch of the season. Dan Froomkin at the WaPo speculated today that is because people don't like him.

From this week's
The Week ("A Hot Spot that Needs No More Weapons"):

"The U.S. won’t let a pesky detail like international law get in the way of selling weapons, said Roland Heine in Berliner Zeitung. Last week, the U.S. authorized arms sales to Kosovo, the tiny nation that recently declared its independence from Serbia, even though Kosovo is still under a U.N. weapons embargo.

"President Bush claimed, preposterously, that the arming of Kosovo would 'promote world peace.' That’s easy for him to say, sitting across the ocean in the United States. Here in Europe, intelligence agencies are well aware that more than a few top officials in the Kosovar government 'double as agents of the Albanian mafia.'”

"Giving weapons to the Kosovar government, then, is tantamount to arming the drug dealers and human traffickers who have made the little Balkan nation a nexus of criminality whose tentacles can easily reach into the E.U.

"Many Europeans wondered why Bush was so insistent on recognizing the independence of Kosovo, even though the hasty move incensed Serbia and Russia and made life difficult for European diplomats. Suddenly, it’s 'not so surprising.' The American arms industry has a new client—and Europe will ultimately pay the price. "

George W. Bush is nothing if not consistent. While governor of Texas, he signed that state's first concealed carry law in 1995, saying "It will make Texas a safer place." The Washington Spectator speculated:

We can't help but wonder if the president really believes he would be safe, for example, giving a speech in an auditorium full of average people carrying guns. We'll never know, because the Secret Service wisely would never let that happen."

Doubly wise move based on his reception at the ball game.

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Anonymous Labrys said...

Maybe Georgie feels everyone should be armed for more safety because he knows how Dick is on hunting trips? (Sorry, couldn't resist!)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 10:12:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Labrys said...

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 10:12:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

while recovering from my hip wound i spent some time at the silver strand range instructing the tadpoles on the finer points of pistol technique.

i would always begin by having them put on the military issue .45, giving them time to feel the weight of it in the holster, to notice how the magazine pouch provided a counterbalance, to just get ahold of the feeling that they were now armed. i would also scan the faces for those who were getting the gunfighter squint and twitchy hand. then i'd bring them to attention, keep them there for 10 or so seconds, long enough to get them uncomfortable about what i might say next. i'd fix them with my best DI glare and say:

Gentlemen, the first and most important thing you've accomplished by putting on that pistol belt is that you have increased your chances of being in a gunfight by one hundred fucking percent.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 11:23:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

The point you make is easily adaptable to US policy. GWB has formulated policy on The High Noon theme. I believe this is how the Joker in chief sees his role in the world.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at 4:34:00 PM GMT-5  

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