Blogger Tries to Blog About Puppies but Makes Mistake of Scanning Headlines
American style justice. Credit: PA
I was going to make a nice post about the science of puppies or something equally innocuous, but alas I couldn’t resist the urge to at least scan the headlines. Big mistake, sigh. Yes, the USA, not content with a proxy invasion of Somalia, has decided to further inflame the situation by launching air-strikes there. What is hard to understand is the almost unbelievable arrogance of stuff like this, this is “might makes right” illustrated. Bush and many Americans really do seem to live in a Hollywood movie where there are good guys and bad guys, and all the good guys need to do is blow up the bad guys. And of course since the Americans are the good guys, they can do anything they want in pursuit of their “noble” goal. This is not only simplistic and stupid, it is counter productive. At least it’s counter productive if regional peace is the goal.
There is a dual standard at play here that is almost frightening in its scope. I urge anyone to ask themselves how they would respond if a nation on the opposite side of the globe launched air strikes in their country in a purported attempt to kill criminals? How about if their wife and kids were killed in such “justice from above?” Most people would go ballistic, yet westerners cannot seem to grasp that the people in other countries are going to react the same way to our bombs. Every time the USA or Israel does something like this it creates hatred, drives more moderates into the radical camp, and gives fringe groups like Al-Qaeda an incredible boost. It hurts our friends and helps our enemies all over the world, how can possibly killing a few Al-Qaeda agents possibly be worth paying a price like this?
It’s not, unless the goal is to create failed states, radicalism, and terrorism in the affected part of the world. The world is a complicated place, “kill the bad guys” is not only a stupid and simplistic foreign policy (assuming it can be called a foreign policy at all,) it is a frighteningly counterproductive policy at that. Sigh, now I need to go stomp on some puppies to relieve the stress. At least the local news is a bit better, Jon Carroll has written an amusing column pointing out that cats are Republicans. I never would have suspected, but he makes a persuasive case.
A reader commented on how they liked the picture I chose for the header. I take great care selecting pictures for Doug’s Darkworld, so I appreciate it that people notice. The header picture above is US Marines operating a flame throwing tank in Vietnam. I chose it because of a number of both artistic and content related criteria. Vietnam was a big deal in my youth, but I missed the draft and the Vietnam war by a few years. I have always thanked God for that blessing. If I had gone to Vietnam I would have killed people, been killed, or worse. That would have been a bad thing I think.
I did eventually join the service, they sent me to the far off foreign land of Texas. It was a bit of a let down, though like everything in life there were lessons. Driving into El Paso I saw a big hill to my right, almost devoid of vegetation and covered with what appeared to be shacks made out of cardboard and wood scraps. I’d never seen anything like it before and was completely mystified for a few minutes. Then I realized…I was seeing Mexico! On one side of the river, American subdivisions neat and tidy, on the other side, muddy squalor. And if I understand correctly, it’s gotten worse since then. I still don’t know what the solution to the world’s inequalities are, but seeing something like that it’s impossible not to see that there are major inequalities and it is a problem. Building a wall might hide Mexico from view, but it’s hardly a solution.
Moving right along, there have been exciting new discoveries and theories about Mars, Titan, and the universe itself. I will however save them for tomorrow, unless there are more puppy crushing headlines. I stopped watching the TV news years ago, maybe I need to expand my “news” avoidance zone. I’ll go sit quietly in my cone of silence now.
(The above PA image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is central to the subject of the post and it is not being used for profit.)