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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

An American Tragedy


--Exodus

It is a capital mistake
to theorize before one's data 
--Scandal in Bohemia,
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away
If you can use some exotic booze
There's a bar in far Bombay
Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away 
--Come Fly with Me,  
Frank Sinatra 

Here they come again,
Catch us if you can,
Time to get a move on,
We will yell with all of our might 
--Catch Us If You Can, 
The Dave Clark Five
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It was all going to be so easy, all so simple and clear back in March 2003. America was going to remove the evil of Saddam from the chessboard of the Middle East. The United States had to discharge its collective angst at feeling like just another country vulnerable to terrorism.

A military strike was just the thing, but it could not be against the nation serving as the proving grounds for the terrorists, our best frenemy, Saudi Arabia. No, it was a token strike for a token war.

The simplicity has long disappeared, and instead of safety we have bought daily news feeds of increasing grotesqueries, brutal and pathetic sights we thought we had left behind at some point following the Inquisitions.

Now, like the good liberals we have been guilted into being, we are saying "bring it on" to a new tragedy, the open arms given to the pell-mell self-evacuees of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, etc.

To clarify: We ARE RangerAgainstWar. We are not conservative thinkers, not by a long chork (to borrow from Beckett.) It's just we don't address conservative thought because they're on another plane of existence. We hope for better from liberal thinkers, but to take our on advice on hope, its just something at the bottom of Pandora's Box;  most people don't reach that deeply.

As Rocco Gianluca, Western Balkans coordinator for the International Organization for Migration said recently,“There is no real system. We don’t know who all these people are."

As with the discretionary wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we are incapable of defining the problem, rendering the chimerical problem insoluble. A problem which cannot be defined has no solution; there is no "there", there.

And since there is no definition of the problem, then an immediate stop-gap measure is needed. The question of concern is, "Why should any Western nation welcome unvetted Middle East Muslims into its population?"

Forget paranoia, good liberals refuse to even ask the question. A recent Friday News Roundup on NPR ended with one of the uber-hip commentators tut-tutting the possibility that there could be any bad guys among the immigrants. Saith he, "Can you even imagine someone waiting at a train terminal or a dock to whisk one of these people off to an apartment?"

Well, uh, yeah - that would be within the realm of possibility, no?

If the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©) is a real thing, then accepting millions of military-aged men into Europe is a suicidal endeavor. If  radicalized "lone wolf" terrorists area threat, then isn't it logical to imagine that 100's of thousands of unknown immigrants would enhance that threat?

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just out of curiosity? How many of the Vietnamese "boat people" were undercover Communists like every right wing nit wit in the propaganda wings of the rich's print, radio, magazine and television organs swore?

None, zero, zip, right?

Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 12:49:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Anon,
actually we have no idea IF any agents were infiltrated as you discuss.
i do know that Cuban agents were infiltrated in the cuban boat lift.
lets also say that no dominoes fell when Saigon went down the tubes.
i prefer to err on the side of safety.
jim

Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 1:06:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Fred Gould said...

For a change, why don't we actually research the problem, historically and socially. A problem is we never consider the human terrain. We never learn or study about any of the participants. We continually violate Sun Tzu's philosophy.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 7:59:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

FG,
i doubt that we really care about the human terrain.
if we did believe then wars would be not started as blithely as they are now.
look at the US wars since our inception.
thanks for dropping by.
jim hruska

Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8:34:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Fred,

Correct:

We have the historians/sociologists/psychologists/social workers (of varying abilities and agendas), and then the military complex (ditto), and never the twain shall meet.

Friday, October 2, 2015 at 9:27:00 AM GMT-5  

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