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On War...

How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy

run the fuck away

Mad science gone horribly, horribly wrong(or right).

On War...

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run the fuck away
My current pet peeve:
Remember when war was a gentlemanly affair? As much about honor, courtesy, and manners as it was about winning? No, I don't either, but people pretended that was true at least! In one of the bloodiest military battles, Gettysburg, do you know how many civilians died?

One. In her kitchen, backing bread. A confederate sharpshooter was sighting in his rifle on her doorknob, and a shot went through the wall of her house and struck her.

What happened to meeting on the field of battle, agreeing to the terms of the fight, and waiting until the other was ready to attack? You'd just find an empty field, and two armies would shoot at each other, stab each other, hack each other, etc.

What is this with bombing cities? What is this with slaughtering the civilains and destroying the industrial bases.

But nooooo. It's gotta be about the winning. It's gotta be about the killing. I call for honor in warfare, not slaughter! If there were honor in it, and a cause to fight for, even I would consider it. But in these days, there is niether.

Instead, the battles we take on are intellectual, philosophical, and spiritual. Even so, there will be casualties, and even here, there is no honor.
  • There was some random looting going on then, and burning and raping, and driving people out of their homes into certain death, but there was also some forewarning. And they did generally try to limit it to the fields and if you happened to be out in said field looking for a good story for your grandkids and happened to get shot in the process, that was your own dumb fault. Either way. Life was not safe for anyone when bullets were going every which way.

    But it took us until the 20th century to do anything like Dresden.
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