DASAV     Bibliography     Mayerson    

As of March 19, 2007:

The Hackenblog has moved to http://hackenblog.hackenbush.org/ or www.hackenblog.com.

Please update your links, thank you.
Hello Readers! If you're liking what you're reading here, you can help out with the webhosting bill with a donation, if you are so inclined. In addition to my eternal gratitude, you'll have the comfort of knowing I won't be spending it on frivolous things like food or the electric bill or something.

[Previous entry: "Hello, I must be going or bush in Iraq"] [Main Index] [Next entry: "Ploggle"]

11/29/2003 Entry: "Matt Recants"

"In short, Matt's mistake is a metaphysical one. He believes that out there somewhere is something called "improvement," something akin to a substance, something that can be objectively measured. It is then up to him and other decent people to discover what that improvement is and implement it."
Tristero, November 29, 2003

Hm, I disagree, I believe in improvement, however, I believe it can only come from inside a community or a person. So maybe I don't disagree. Anyway. Imposed improvement is never a lasting condition. Look what happens every time the US tries to "improve" Haiti: Nothing.

I am glad Matt has recanted. Not that Matt needs the approval of a middle aged LA woman, but my opinion of him has gone up. Youngsters advocating wars they're not enlisting in the Army/Navy/Marines/Air Force to fight is not just chickenhawk, it's chickenshit. Only real soldiers get to be gung-ho; they need it to survive what they have to face. But Matt is young and apparently there's room for improvement in this particular young person. Bravo, Matt, bravo.

I opposed the war because I had no faith that the bush junta could win a war anymore than they could win an election and it would be an equal disaster. They're incompetent on most levels, missing the meaning of the pre-9/11 intelligence, not warning the airlines that there was a heightened risk of hijack (but telling Ashcroft not to fly commercial over the summer of 2001), is just stupid and maybe wicked. The bush junta pollutes everything they touch, why should gallantry, honor, duty, sacrifice, compassion, and even minimal humanity escape? Lastly, I opposed the war because our Military opposed it. Just another example of bush and co. not taking the advice of experts and ending innocent people up on the bloody, entrails strewn rocks.

But I'm glad Matt's seen the light. It's not a freight train, Matt, honest.

Replies: 1 Comment

I don't think we disagree. My issue is with using words like "improvement" to justify crazy actions like pre-emptive unilateral attacks.

We, the US, have no right to "improve" the world in our image. We do, however, have the right to intervene, as part of widely supported force, in very unique and ghastly situations of overwhelmingly egregious human rights abuse, eg in Rwanda, Serbia, etc. As awful as Saddam was, his behavior, except once, never approached that monstrous level. The only time it did, when he gassed the Kurds, was during a period Rumsfeld was shaking Saddam's hand.

Why don't we have that right to "improve" countries via war such awful situations like Iraq, Kazahstan, and so on? Because the world rarely works in terms of objective improvement, or even catastrophe. Only a fool believes that the outcome of of such a complicated and bloody endeavor as a war can be predicted with any certainty, even if that fool happens to be on the miliarily victorious side. And often what looks like "improvement" isn't. Case in point: the outcome of the Soviet/Afghanistan war.

Posted by tristero @ 12/15/2003 02:23 PM PST

 

 

 

Powered By Greymatter

Hello Readers! If you're still liking what you're reading here, you can help out with the webhosting bill with a donation, if you are so inclined. In addition to my eternal gratitude, you'll have the comfort of knowing I won't be spending it on frivolous things like food or the electric bill or something.

One of the best deals anywhere.


Donations to keep us going are very welome!

Donate towards our web hosting bill!

Our webhost, is a really good deal and is probably having a huge sale on something as we speak. If you're looking for webhosting, I recommend them very much.

BugMeNot.com for passwords to online sites.

Who links to me?

Updated: April 8, 2006

Reviews you can use at J LHLS Reviews

This is a page in a larger site called Hackenbush.org. Click here to go there.

© Copyright, Head Designs 2003
All rights reserved.


referer referrer referers referrers http_referer