So I am in a strange mood tonight. A little chilled out, a little frenetic, some dark aspects tickling at the back of the noodle and yet the earlier exercise giving it the brain chemicals it needs to lay back down. Which is why I have the Club Mix going courtesy of the ex. Say what I might about his lesser qualities, the man knows his music.
I was going to sit down and write something else but then a commercial HBO threw at me tossed it all aside and reminded me of something that has been pissing me the fuck off of late. I do not use the language flippantly, either.
Ever since the immoral and simian brained Left had their moment in the sun the media has gone, appropriately enough, ape-shit. Try to find anything even slightly reasonable or balanced on CNN, now. Not possible. Try to find a Yahoo news list that doesn't have some sort of slanty blow to Bush/War/Economy/Whatever. Hell, I bet they even side with that bitch, Jessica. Nick, do I have a stepdaughter for you. OK so that's off topic.
At any rate, HBO has some sort of mish-mash docu-drama (I am assuming, yes) about Abu Ghraib and the supposed torture there. Let me say this about what I know about that: I have seen men pay a great deal of money for much harsher treatment and the only difference was the torturer was wearing black leather at the time. Is that what it would take for the Left to give it a thumbs-up? What if it'd come out as some art house S&M flick? Would they have applauded it, then, their nipple rings jingling madly?
I know there is the argument that we ought to be "better than that" - better than our adversaries. If it meant one young man not having to storm an unknown building in Fallujah, I'd have cut their balls off and waited for the information to come. Period. War is not fair. War is not clean. War is hell and it is meant to be so that we do it as little as we must. My God, will they even deign to show the industrial shredders covered in blood, skin and hair? How about the women with entrails falling from sliced bellies, their unborn children festering there? Have they any idea what goes on that part of the world?
I am daily baffled by the absolute blindness of people to the truth. I would love for war to be the romantic and gallant affair of old but these people have no code of honor. Not one as we understand it. And so we do what we must to get the job done. If this were done properly, no man over 16 years of age would be left alive. It would be the end of the madness and the people might actually have a chance to grow into a society that the world can embrace without looking for a knife behind.
Instead, we're so honorable that we will send our own innocent men in to take them out piecemeal - wait for the first shot, hope they survive it and can find the shooter after. Madness. Now, mind you, I do somewhat agree with Jerry Pournelle that this is all a bit like Empire and if that was out intention, we ought to have at least done it properly.
And must I hear yet again how it was all about the oil? Dear GOD, if that were the case it would take hardly a cohort to secure the damned things. We could have on Day One taken control of every facility and port and held the damned things ransom against future terrorism. We could have parceled out the oil enough to let them survive but not to prosper. Instead, we left it to them to figure out. We helped them get things up and running, improved infrastructure and tried to find the least corrupt local SOB to run the thing.
Of course, if I ran things, I'd have segregated the area into Kurd, Shia and Sunni, given each a fairly equal holding of oil to support their pseudo-regency and walked away with a finger cautioning them - make us come back and we take it all over. For good. But no - we have to be so politically correct and diverse and try to get everyone to get along. Well, they're goddamned barbarians who haven't quite figured that out yet - they are about 3 generations away from being capable of that sort of thing. Do you even grasp the implication there? How many attacks can be intercepted in that length of time? Do you really think we'll catch every nuke and dirty bomb?
Sigh....no. We can't. We never could. Because we "care" too much to shut down this country and protect it as is the government's sole duty to the nation. Allow me to toss a favorite (truncated) Heinlein quote in here:
All societies are based on rules to protect pregnant women and young children. All else is surplus age, excrescence, adornment, luxury or folly which can--and must--be dumped in emergency to preserve this prime function.
So you see there the foundation of my logic and basis of beliefs. I started reading Heinlein (and Asimov and Clarke) when I was 12 years old so my brain was...adjusted to a different manner of thinking. And it has never recovered. LOL Still, the short story is that this place - this country of ours - is quickly moving to ruin and I think the only thing that will save it is, perversely, tragedy. It will take something like a dirty bomb to get the thumb sucking morons to blink and take notice of Reality.
I would certainly hope we could avoid it but the fact is that it would do us good to open those sluice gates and let the rabble hash it out in the streets. Those of us with enough sense (and ammo) would wait them out. And then this Great Experiment could being anew.
Or we can just keep on coasting along with this mindless drivel about global "change" and ignore the obvious facts that we are being targeted by people who have no intention of playing fair or honorably.
And if I might comment briefly on this global change bullshit - we are on a fucking rotating planet with an inconstant sun pouring changing levels of energy at us and our magnetic field is in flux, too, so just MAYBE it has nothing to do with human intervention, you idiots. Maybe precious Gaia is stretching out her limbs a bit to hug you closer to her breast. Ignore all that seismic evidence, though. No need to be sensible about this. Get back to your Womens Studies. Don't worry - if it all goes to hell, someone will eat you for dinner and you will be about as environmentally pure as you can be.