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Friday, December 11, 2009

Combat Peace Prize


I am anticipating the day when the possession
of Tibet and Afghanistan will be represented
as vitally necessary to the security of Kansas and Nebraska.
There is no logical end to this elastic conception of 'security'
short of the conquest of the whole world
William Henry Chamberlin, Dec 1940

We compromise ourselves when we lose
the very ideals we are fighting for
--Barack Obama (12.10.09)

[Combing the Desert]:

We ain’t found shit!

--Spaceballs
(1987)
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Obama spoke of the concept of "just war" at his Nobel Peace prize acceptance, but failed to explain that meant, "Just War, All the Time."

In explaining why war is an essential element of foreign policy, he resorted to the bogeyman
EVIL. Poor Obama -- still pandering to the never-to-be-won Republican base. And while Obama said evil must be fought, the reality is just the opposite. What we need is protection from the overreaching intentions of good men.

Evil is predictable and easily countered;
good is the loose canon in the equation. Doing violence can never protect a nation from violence. An entity cannot be both x and not x.

This understanding is the basis of peace, if not a peace prize.

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6 Comments:

Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

obama also must, must answer for the continuance of both secret prisons, detentions without charges, and torture.

it does nothing to speak against it and do it in secret.

Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 4:13:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"1984" in the here and now -- "War is Peace" for all to see.

GSJ

Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 11:38:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"1984" in the here and now -- "War is Peace" for all to see.

GSJ

Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 11:38:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

GSJ,
You can say that again.
We voted for a POTUS that was being packaged as a prophet and what did we get-yep-another warrior king.
jim

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 10:25:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Sven Ortmann said...

This might be of interest to you, Jim.

http://defense-and-freedom.blogspot.com/2009/12/extended-protectivism.html

It offers a reasonable line between "good" and "evil" wars - and makes in a way quite clear that fighting "evil" isn't necessarily "good".

The crusader theme doesn't resonate well among Europeans, and it's questionable for how long the political elites of certain European countries will play auxiliaries to the American way of foreign policy against the majority of their own people.


Yet, you should be honest about Obama: He was very specific bout his belief that Afghanistan was a "good" war that should get more resources long before he was elected.
That was his "I am contra Iraq War, but not weak on 'defense' " argument all the time.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 1:15:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Sven,
Obama may have called the AFGH goatscrew a just war during his campaign BUT his campaign was antiwar in shape and texture.
I was in BG Ohio for my college reunion and every Obama kiosk had the word WAR prominently displayed and it had the international symbol that would ban it. This was deceptive at best and bullshit at worst. This is my definition of evil.
Further when a democracy does not give the citizenry the right to vote for a clear antiwar platform then there is no longer democracy . Democracy is about the electorate having a voice and the voice of the average American is-STOP THESE MEANINGLESS WARS.
I appreciate your viewpoint and hope to keep hearing from you.
jim

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 10:55:00 AM GMT-5  

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