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Friday, July 27, 2012

A Farewell to Arms


Give them lots of sex, perversion and rape,

give them lots of violence, and plenty to hate
--
Give the People What They Want, The Kinks

This world's divided into two kinds of people:
the hunter and the hunted.
Luckily I'm the hunter. Nothing can change that

--The Most Dangerous Game
,
Richard Connell


I've got my finger on the trigger

I ain't lettin' go

--Love is in Control
, Donna Summer


[T]he deadliest sociopaths aren’t the ones
who dye their hair red
and identify with comic book nihilists
--Child Killer as "Comforter-in-Chief,
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The genus Homo is populated by mostly violent species, the most recent incarnation the reasoning sapiens taking a commandment that they shall not kill. They have not been spectacularly successful with that injunction, however.

We in the United States have had wars to exterminate Indians, to retain slavery and to avenge the sinking of ships (the U.S.S. Maine and the R.M.S. Lusitania, for example.) In addition, we are tremendously innovative when it comes to creating weaponry, and have unleashed the power of the atom in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Now, we can even bomb people remotely, so the trigger man need not feel the tang of immediate remorse as his targets are merely moving images on a screen.

We take it as gospel to answer aggression by using greater violence than that of the precipitating event. The Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©) in which the U.S. is currently immersed is one example. Though a success if measured by outnumbered body counts, it provides no benefit to the retaliating country. The U.S. faced the abyss of nuclear war in the Cuban Missile Crisis, and presently has five Navy carrier groups, a Strategic Air Command and an Army, all of which possess the nuclear weaponry to destroy continents with weapons leftover for follow-ons, should there be any need.

These are the national imperatives that quash "Thou Shalt not Kill", yet we wail and gnash teeth when another crazy kills people for no reason other than the sport of the kill. Compared to our nuclear potential, the bullets that rip holes though bodies are as mosquito bites to the population (though the bite is still deadly).

Guns cannot destroy the earth but nuclear bombs can, and they can be employed without unrolling the 2nd Amendment. We have a President with his finger on the trigger
and he gets to manipulate these toys without a background check or a waiting period. Ranger does not doubt that the U.S. would destroy the world if push came to shove; only a fool would doubt that any nuclear nation would fail to light up the sky if they felt threatened by a like-armed enemy.

So excuse us if another senseless shooting fails to elicit crocodile tears. It is only a matter of time before man will destroy his little neck of the universe through his hubris and folly, and all of his efforts contrariwise will be for naught.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Ghost Dansing said...

i come cheap...

Friday, July 27, 2012 at 4:15:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Been considering the implications of our policies as they regard to the 'other.'

Seems to me that we've morgaged our economic futures to help ourselves. We kill the poor to help ourselves. We've killed the foreigner to help ourselves. We kill the unborn to help ourselves.

Is it any wonder that some people seem to have a hard time figuring out where the line is between who is an isn't a viable target?

Friday, July 27, 2012 at 7:42:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Peter of Lone Tree said...

"Traditionally, men carry the responsibility to use violent force to protect life. This responsibility is the criterion of true manhood, by which honor is preserved. But for a man to preserve his honor, he needs the recognition of those whom he serves with honorable actions. In the deplorable situation of our time, members of the military and police forces have been brainwashed into the betrayal of honor in the service of "authorities" such as the federal government. Consequently, they do not protect humanity or their families and loved ones, as they may naively believe, but they protect those who intend harm, destruction, and death to most of the human race. Such is the tragedy of manhood in our time." -- John Lamb Lash
Goddess to the Rescue? The Kalki Avatar in Sophianic Perspective

Friday, July 27, 2012 at 10:20:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Ghost Dansing said...

i'm tweeting your url Peter of Lone Tree.

Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 4:24:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger FDChief said...

One of the reasons I've always like the Framer's original idea of a Congressional declaration of war was the recognition of the consistency of human stupidity and self-destruction. At least with the original concept it gave the nation some hope that - if nothing else - a group of citizens would have to talk out the possibilities before just going all Roman. Mind you, in practice it worked about as well as it had back in Rome...

But as for crocodile tears, good luck with that. Humans have always been sentimental about "their own" and callous about "the others"; the Mongol who butchered Polish peasant kids with enthusiasm doted on his own kids. That thinking is hardwired into us, troops of monkeys that we are.

Monday, July 30, 2012 at 12:06:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Chief,
i acknowledge.
why do we pretend to revere the commandment-thou shall not kill?
I'm more in favor of busting caps THAN BEING A HYPOCRITE.
this is not aimed at you.
i have a essay just edited re;Aurora.
jim

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 4:29:00 PM GMT-5  

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