What is the war in Iraq motivated by? Certianly no love for the Iraqi people suffering under an evil dictator. If there was such love, perhaps we could have finished the job first time out, no? It also is not motivated by any desire to defend from Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
My boss is a buffoun. I mean, I've said it before, and I'll say it again, but he just popped his head in to shove oxygen around in what I suppose must be "moral boosting". His mouth was moving, and air was vibrating- I detected the sounds, but as far as any coherent logic or meaning...
Iraq doesn't have any. One of Bush's advisors said (and I paraphrase): "The lack of activity in Iraq is a sign that they must be up to something!"
And surely they are- getting ready to be attacked by an invading army. I'm no supporter of the Iraqi government, and wouldn't mind them getting their noses bloodied, but it should be done for the same reasons that I hope that we get our ass kicked in this war.
We have it comin'. And so do they.
As an aside, that doesn't mean that I lack any respect for our armed forces. People who have committed no crime are going to be killed in a war against a straw man.
I would advocate a revolt, but what is there to revolt against? The only targets that we can reach are not the problem- they're other oppressed. The American people have no faculty to overthrow their government in a military action- they've got bigger guns than we can get. What does that leave? Civil disobedience. Great- what do we disobey? Which specific actions can we take to thwart the government's efforts? Draft-dodge, if they foolishly decide to compliment the worlds largest standing army with conscripts. Income-tax perhaps? Cut the legs out from under the war efforts wallet?
Even so- what about the societal problems? What about the complacency, inactivity and general uselessness of the average american? Could we even get enough people to stop paying taxes to make a difference? Would that even make a difference?
I'm not sure of the best way of stopping the Behemoth that poses as the legitimate government of the United States of America.
I'm reading Starship Troopers, and it has several good points.
No one has a right to life or liberty. Two men are stranded on a desert island with no food, save cannabalism. Who has more right to life? A father dying to defend his children- where was his right to life. The right to live must be earned, and the same goes for liberty. Try and give the best book in the world away, and people will use it for toilet paper. Sell it, and you'll change the world.
There's a rather good scene where a teacher offers a student a first place award for track. The student (who just won fourth place in track) tears it up. Because it was unearned it was meaningless.
"What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly... it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated." -- Thomas Paine.