clearly the art of war involves dehumanizing of your enemy; yet another reason it is archaic. Same with that “enemy” crap; I teach my daughter she has no enemies, hate is not an option — not even of the broccoli i know in her heart she will eat if explanations prevail, or the vicious resentment she feels regarding my reticence to complete her Monster High collection with one of the Ghoulias or Abby Bominable herself. No DIVA behavior allowed in the house — even by the cats …or daddy
Sure, beating kids into submission is an option, too. Metaphorically beaten, of course.
don’t gimme that us or them crap; WE are nearly singular in our contribution to the world’s armament. We arm both sides; have since the beginning of time…
War is archaic. It must end by commitment to round up weaponry the world over. If not by us, by some reclamation project of the society that emerges…
from our dust
EDITORS NOTE: this is a reprint from A TINY REVOLUTION
turns out, repeatedly, consistently, the peoples around the world American military forces decide to slaughter… think its a good idea to kill them
America’s 300 Year-Long Lucky Streak Continues
One of the great things about being American is we’re just lucky. Lots of countries have killed millions of people, and it made their families really angry and sad. So the countries sometimes had to feel bad about it. But when WE’VE done it, we’ve always been lucky enough to do it to people who turned out not to mind being killed. So no harm done.
Most recently, Steve Inskeep of NPR pointed out that Afghans haven’t gotten all bent out of shape about a U.S. soldier massacring sixteen of them, because “human life is already cheap” way over there.
That’s great journalism. However, it would have been even better if Inskeep had found out whether life is not just cheap in Afghanistan, but also plentiful, like it was in Vietnam:
WILLIAM WESTMORELAND: The Oriental doesn’t put the same high price on life as does a Westerner. Life is plentiful. Life is cheap in the Orient.
And what about Iraqis? Were they whiny bitches when we killed them? No way:
FRED KAGAN, ARCHITECT OF IRAQ “SURGE”: If anyone has seen pictures of Ramadi or Fallujah, they looked like Stalingrad. Cities absolutely crushed…The interesting thing is that when we were fighting those battles and doing that damage, on the whole the Iraqis were not bitching about collateral damage…the Iraqis don’t on the whole say “darn it, you shouldn’t have blown up all of our houses.” They sort of accept that.
We know this is correct because Iraqis felt the same way in the twenties when they were being slaughtered by the British:
“The natives of these tribes love fighting for fighting’s sake,” Chief of Air Staff Hugh Trenchard assured Parliament. “They have no objection to being killed.” The military’s argument was that, though the often indiscriminate air attacks might perturb some civilized folks back in London, such acts were viewed differently by the Arabs. As one British commander observed, “‘[Shiekhs]…do not seem to resent…that women and children are accidentally killed by bombs.”
Then we come to Koreans. Here’s a review of Curtis LeMay’s autobiography, in which LeMay explained why massive carpet bombing of North Korea during the Korean War didn’t make them surrender:
LeMay [argues] that bombardment failed because of an “undying Oriental philosophy and fanaticism.” He says, “Human attrition means nothing to such people,” that their lives are so miserable on earth that they look forward with delight to a death which promises them “everything from tea parties with long dead grandfathers down to their pick of all the golden little dancing girls in Paradise.”
Of course, all this might make it seem like it’s an Eastern Hemisphere thing, which it’s not. People in the Western Hemisphere have never minded being killed by America, as U.S. soldiers have observed:
Marine major Julian Smith testified that the “racial psychology” of the “poorer class of Nicaraguans” made them “densely ignorant…A state of war to them is a normal condition.” Along the same lines, Colonel Robert Denig observed in his diary, “Life to them is cheap” … When asked if he ever witnessed American brutality in Haiti, General Ivan Miller replied that “you have to remember that what we consider brutality among people in the United States is different from what they consider brutality.”
Finally, in Notes on Virginia, Thomas Jefferson investigated and found out that his African slaves didn’t feel emotions like white people do:
Their griefs are transient. Those numberless afflictions, which render it doubtful whether heaven has given life to us in mercy or in wrath, are less felt, and sooner forgotten with them.
Other scholars discovered that Africans were less physically sensitive too:
Negroes…are void of sensibility to a surprising degree…what would be the cause of insupportable pain to a white man, a Negro would almost disregard.
So there you have it: maybe we’ve done some things that would have been bad if they’d happened to sensitive people like us, but in each case we’ve lucked out. Right now I’m getting the feeling that very soon Iranians will turn out not to mind being killed.
because war aint a movie
Four Minutes of Deer Hunter: six chambers, three bullets, madness
Christopher Walken would be the first to tell you The Watch
OK, let’s get back to a little lovin’ tunes
a real sing along