Doug's Darkworld

War, Science, and Philosophy in a Fractured World.

America’s top ranked general on capturing Osama Bin Laden: “I don’t know that it’s all that important, frankly.”

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This was an incredibly moving scene for me.

There’s never any shortage of things to blog about. I’m still making my way through “The Guns of August,” a fabulously written book about world war one. On of the things that strikes me is how every country involved in the war was run by a combination of idiots and people with severe interpersonal issues. Yes, most countries throughout history are run by the same sorts of people that are running your office or company. Except of course they are trying to do something vastly more complicated than run an office or a business. There are individual exceptions here and there, but I think it’s safe to say that people wouldn’t trust their nation’s leaders to water their plants while they were on vacation, if they really knew what sort of people they were.

Which of course leads to one of history’s big mysteries, why the hell do so many people have bedrock faith in their government despite overwhelming evidence that they don’t know what they are doing? Christ, Hitler had reduced Germany to ruins and Russian tanks were rolling into Berlin, and still, people were maniacally defending him. And modern propaganda and the mass media being what it is, I think this problem may even be getting worse. More proof that our civilization is doomed, as if we needed any more proof.

Speaking of the end of civilization, I saw a movie last night which I was very impressed by: Children of Men. It’s a dark, violent, disturbing post-apocalyptic movie with a tiny sliver of hope running through it. I can’t recommend it enough, it touches upon avast array of contemporary issues, both spiritual and secular. It is however, not for the faint of heart, the movie is set in a future world where violence is endemic.

Moving right along, a few of today’s assorted news bleeps and commentary on same:

Israel Seeks Permission to fly over Iraq and attack Iran? I’m not sure what to think of this one, it says they are seeking permission from the USA to overfly Iraq on their way to bombing Iran. Um, gee, shouldn’t they be negotiating with the sovereign nation of Iraq? It’s also hard to imagine Israel doing anything so stupid unless they are trying to start a wider war in the region. Which may even be a possibility.

Comedy in Iraq. Maliki, the putative Prime Minister of Iraq claimed the crackdown was working, even as car bombs exploded in the background. He’s actually a pretty funny guy who says all sorts of amusing things along these lines. Of course he rarely if ever leaves the air conditioned splendour of the Green Zone, so his complete lack of contact with reality in Iraq can be understood.

Capturing Bin Laden “not important.” General Peter Shoomaker, the USA’s highest ranking officer, said he is unsure if the USA will ever capture Osama Bin Laden, remarking that “I don’t know that it’s all that important, frankly.” OK then. If capturing he man who murdered thousands of American on 911 isn’t important, what the fuck is important to these people? I mean, we started the whole goddamn war on terror because of this guy, hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent, hundreds of thousands of people are dead and maimed, including thousands of Americans, two countries are in ruinous wars…and capturing the guy who started it all is not all that important? Please, could some of my pro Bush policy readers explain this dogshit?

No cat stories today, I won’t debase my cats by mentioning them in the same post as General “success is not a priority” Shoomaker.

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit, and it is central to the subject of the post. And I’m plugging their movie for God’s sake so I can’t imagine why anyone would object.)

Written by unitedcats

February 24, 2007 at 2:43 pm

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  1. Yet another very good post!

    balkanbalkan

    February 24, 2007 at 5:44 pm

  2. Doug, I very much appreciate your kind of looking at “things”, understanding and giving them expression.

    Good thought as well not debasing your cats by mentioning them at the same time with the madnesses going on committed by the all the morons “in charge” for it.

    Helena

    February 24, 2007 at 6:39 pm

  3. I mean they ARE quite in charge of course … but who will ever call them to the account the diserve. Something’s terribly wrong!

    Helena

    February 24, 2007 at 6:50 pm

  4. Hi Doug,

    Quick question. My favorite movie of all time is Blade Runner. I was told that “Children of Men” was the “Blade Runner of the 21st century”–Is that true? I don’t want to get my hopes up too much–there has never been a movie like Blade Runner.

    -Jack

    Jack

    February 24, 2007 at 8:49 pm

  5. “Blade Runner” is one of my all time favourite movies. I’m not sure I would make that comparison, but it’s not too far off the mark. I would say with great confidence that anyone who enjoyed “Blade Runner” will enjoy “Children of Men.” They are both movies that one can think about for years.
    JMO –Doug

    unitedcats

    February 24, 2007 at 9:15 pm

  6. Doug,
    I don’t feel good. I feel like ranting. All this hatred, all this propaganda…
    Where are we going?
    Can’t we stop and think for a moment?

    Manas

    February 24, 2007 at 11:28 pm

  7. Its total Dogshit , thats for sure !

    Yes, BILLIONS spent on getting ‘him’ (OBL), but now its a ‘non-issue’..

    Whoa! It gives me whiplash!

    ET

    February 25, 2007 at 7:57 am

  8. Blessed are the peacemakers:
    for they shall be called the
    Children of God
    (Mat 5:9)
    Jesus’s way is not by sword but by cross
    http://club.us.cyworld.com/prcc

    David

    May 15, 2007 at 7:47 am


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