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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Wonderwall

Luojie (China Daily)


--You're probably one of them knee-jerk liberals

that thinks us gun boys would shoot our guns

because it's an extension of our penises.

--It could be true.

--Well, maybe it is. But this is gun country

--Death Wish
(1974)

Today was gonna be the day?

But they'll never throw it back to you

By now you should've somehow

Realized what you're not to do

--Wonderwall
, Oasis
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Ranger wonders which is more painful -- thinking or feeling? Both can be devastating depending on the situation, referencing the old Infantry school mantra (It depend upon the situation.) Ranger learned situational ethics as pragmatism, a posture which has served him well in getting his needs met.


Recently torrential rain disallowed sleep and my mind floated on sheets of memory. Ranger is no stranger to either hatred or violence, as he decided to embrace both willingly when entering the Infantry. Violence has been abandoned; only hatred remains. This is progress in an imperfect world.


No one cares to address hatred unless it is backed by its manifestation, violence, or the threat thereof. Hatred just simmers, unseen, if not given spectacular venting. Terrorism encompasses both the former and the latter.


We seem unable to live with the threat of violence, which exists from its germ in hatred. Why should we care if anyone hates us? Yet the threat alone has spawned a new action hero called "the American Warrior". While actual violence should be confronted, we hide our fear and hatred morphed into violence under the veil of "protectionism". In truth, we are as hateful and violent as the threat we propose to counter.


Hatred-fueled violence is self-defeating, yet that is the cycle in which the U.S. finds itself. Our responses to those who would act on their hatred verifies this cycle.


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is hatred and violence personified. Our reaction is to trump him. So the U.S. slams him in secret prisons, in isolation, and tortures him. Sport water-boarding becomes the nation's light entertainment and revenge fantasy.


Some people have taken the Infantry rules of situation to an absurd end, claiming the present situation allows for such behavior. They say it all depends on definition of situation. Sport fucking may be fair in the absence of anything more meaningful. In the context of a committed relationship, not so much so. But some behaviors are unjustified in any situation. Torture should never be sport. Context matters; ethics matter.

KSM now languishes, awaiting trial in NYC, the site of the manifestation of his destructive fantasies. How can one sorry person like KSM tie our values in a wad and flush them down the toilet of history? Based on our extra-legal response, we have now indicted ourselves as a hateful and violent people, and the truth is out of the closet.


Can President Obama and Attorney General Holder actually believe that justice will resemble the old statue of Lady Liberty standing proud outside of the Cleveland Federal Court Building? Justice is now a syphilitic, toothless whore with a sword, who has lost the scales symbolic of justice of yesteryear.


KSM didn't do this; we did this to ourselves. This makes us as sorry as the idiots that call themselves al-Qaeda.

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12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said, thank you.

Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 5:40:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Amanda said...

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Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 7:53:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Amanda said...

Jim,

It was a pleasure talking to you today. I am passing your blog around to my friends and family and would like to ask your permission to create a Fan Page for you on Facebook. This would enable some of the people in town (well, and everywhere) to become a "fan of" you on Facebook and get your articles out there. You are right about so very many points, I feel the need to share them with others.

Let me know if that would be okay with you!

Thanks,

Amanda

Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 9:04:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Amanda,

Sure, that'd be great. We're not publicity-shy 'round these parts :)

Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 12:42:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

yeah jim, sometimes a nice rush of hatred is the only thing that will warm me during a cold night, pop out enough endorphins to make my knees work a little better.

i too have mostly eschewed the violence. i'm a far cry from the days when i considered the application of sudden and ruthless violence to be an important social skill.

now, i'm like a lot of old soldiers i know, mostly old, pretty damned set in my ways. it's hard to hold on to much in the way of hope without feeling like a chump.

and yes, bush, cheney, and their fear twisted policy of craven bullying handed the terrorists a victory that was nearly total and complete. habeas corpus had been around since 1215 when the english barons took it from johnny lackland at the point of a sword. bush tore up the paper and used the shreds to make confetti while he tossed money up in the air for his cronies to loot.

eliot was right, we're going out not with a bang, but a whimper.

it reminds me of what a grizzled old gunny said to a chopper jock who was looking out at the unholy carnage around our little base at dong ap bai.

chopper jock: how did you guys hold out against that?

gunny: count the dead.

Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 1:44:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Amanda said...

OK, awesome! You can catch a glimpse of what the Fan Page looks like here:

Ranger Against War Fan Page

let me know if it looks ok.

And one last thing. My husband is a freelance web designer. He'd love to help you customize your web site (pro bono, of course). If you want to check out what his stuff looks like, here are some samples:

http://americangrassrootsaction.org/
http://www.sosfla.org/
http://www.thenilonreport.com/

His e-mail is JUDSON@SOSFLA.ORG if you're interested.

Keep up the great work! And thank you for all you do.

Amanda

Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 11:59:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Amanda,

Many thanks -- it looks great.

Lisa

Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 12:04:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Amanda,
Stand in the door-GO!
We'd appreciate your efforts.
jim

Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 2:01:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

MB,
I'm so glad to hear that you read Eliot. I get constant grief from Lisa b/c he's my favorite.
She claims he's depressing and of little positve value.
I see his writings as uplifting. That says a lot i guess.
The constructive side of hatred is not a frequent item of discussion.
This might be a future topic for discussion.
jim

Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 2:20:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

maybe folks thought eliot depressing because he saw things so clearly, and said then so plainly.

(my post code is ratent which is, of course, tents for lowly grunts who would need a promotion or two before they graduate to pups)

Monday, January 25, 2010 at 4:33:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

MB/Ranger,

I do not think Eliot of little value, though I do find him depressing.

"In this last of meeting places/We grope together/And avoid speech" (The Hollow Men) -- Oh, yeah, depressing. But he had a failed marriage and hated the Treaty of Versailles, and wasn't in the business of exaltation.

While I do agree, MB, that he saw some things clearly, that is not to say that expressed the scope of human experience. He was the bard of the disenfranchised.

I will never see him as uplifting. "The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock" is the single most horrible example of stasis and self-pity (if he is even that self-aware) that I have ever read.

Monday, January 25, 2010 at 1:01:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Terrible said...

There were those who spoke out lest we become that which we fear. They were the voices in the wilderness unfortunately.

Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 11:34:00 AM GMT-5  

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