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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mightier Than the Sword

You have not converted a man

because you have silenced him

--John Morley

Wherever they burn books
they will also, in the end,
burn human beings
Almansor, Heinrich Heine

I think every religious person should have

a deep sense of respect for other people's

religious documents and religious symbols

. . . So I think we ought to all oppose

burning the Koran

--New Gingrich


The book is mightier than the sword.

This is what Afghanistan is showing us in their reaction to the recent Koran burnings. A whole heap of FM-24's on a bonfire would not have elicited a peep.

This incident adds a moment of clarity and truth to a war based on deception and lies. (We agreed a while back that a project based in duplicity is bound to fail.) The Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©) is not about liberal democratic values and has nothing to do with the welfare of the Afghan people. The entire philosophy of Counterinsurgency Field Manual 3-24 was based upon a simulacrum of truth, and the burning (as with previously reported incidents of Koran desecration) proves the point to the citizens of Afghanistan.

They have endured a decade of foreign invasions, home invasions, personal metrics collection, air strikes and to top it off, Koran burnings. The resultant violence reveals the cultural divide that will never be breached. Halliburton could not be gifted with a contract big enough to build a bridge capable of crossing this cultural chasm.

Conservatives argue that the burning of the war's precipitating event -- the World Trade Center attacks of 9-11-01 -- was a bigger deal than the burning of a few books. However, the comparison is false as the Twin Tower attacks were perpetrated by a terrorist organization called al Qaida, for which
the Afghan people have collectively borne the punishment for an event which was beyond their control or comprehension.

They do, however, understand the symbolism of this "accidental" burning.

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Blogger jo6pac said...

Halliburton could not be gifted with a contract big enough to build a bridge capable of crossing this cultural chasm.

I'm sure a contract has already been signed for the pr program to start.
I'm not suprised at how the main stream liberal press;) is playing the R card when it all about you F*&^%$# people invade the country

Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 8:47:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

The morning I spent trapped in the breakfast room with FOX "news" had a "story" on the Koran burnings. Both the Fox "newscasters" and the three Jensen guys seemed frustrated and angry with the Afghans; "All this over some damn books..." one of the drillers growled.

And all I could think of was - if you decide to go play with religious nutjobs, you need to accept that you've got to play by nutjob rules. Blaming the religious nuts for being religious nuts is...well, nuts. You either play by the rules or you don't play.

IMO one of the single biggest failures of the entire Umpteenth Afghan War was the failure of the U.S. planners to begin with the assumption that the Afghans would stay Afghans and not turn into suburban Maryland Presbyterians just because we wanted them to. We watched the Soviets spend a decade trying and failing to turn them into good little Young Pioneers - what part of that didn't we "get"?

The fucking stupid is so intense, it burns.

Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 11:52:00 AM GMT-5  

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