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Posted on October 19 at 1:13 a.m.
The old US meme that "the Muslem world" is monolithic, long the essence of propaganda in the US, may be finally, finally, finally disintegrating. Now, if only we would allow Iraq to break up along natural lines, in name as well as in fact it already has, maybe we could go home and stay home for a while.
On The Ethics of War
Posted on October 19 at 1:04 a.m.
DrDan and nomoresanity: How to get Turkey and the Kurds on the same team?
It's interesting that as we hear from our government and media that our government's trying hard to get Turkey to buy in to our current Coalition of the Willing (in which no country, like the US, is agreeing to put boots on the ground), you see on non-US media that Turkey's begging us to sign on to their war with Assad, and to help them deal with the massive refugee crisis.
Meanwhile, while our war-inspired media and Mr. McCain are dissing Turkey for wimping out and not signing on without condition to the current US Coalition of the Willing, their actual boots on the ground are fighting well inside Syria, and have been for some time.
Posted on October 8 at 2:39 p.m.
ブラボー Professor Nakamura!
On UCSB Professor Shuji Nakamura Wins Nobel
Posted on October 7 at 7:23 a.m.
I mean coming from the pro-fracking (anti-P) direction.
On Mail in voting begins October 6. What say you on Measure P?
Posted on October 7 at 7:11 a.m.
There's a scaling problem with a lot of the argument coming from the "Pro" direction: Just as in every locale in the world where there are oil resources, enormous oil money passes right over the head of Santa Barbara County. Or, an extremely small fraction comes to the county as it is right now. (Why do you think most African countries are so poor?)
The public affairs people of the energy companies would have you believe that most of the dollars pass to or through the county's hands. Not so. So the pro argument pretends to hold the county hostage on false premises, and the media that doesn't look critically at the argument serves the argument, as here.
Posted on September 29 at 10:14 a.m.
And circling back to Mr. Bycel's ponderings, I'd like to add another thought...
I submit that there can be paradoxes that aren't necessarily ethical reversals. As an anti-violent, anti-war democrat, I offer an ironic position that I evolved after many years: Go big. Going big can be THE effective non-violent strategy. I think George H.W. Bush had it right - only on this point. Remember Desert Storm and the LA riots? 550,000 troops. Poof. "XXX thousand weapons dropped only once." 10,000 National Guard deployed in LA. Poof.
Which caused me to recall further back, the IV riots. Remember the - rather limited number of - police chasing people through parking lots, back yards and over fences, back and forth, night after night? Cops and rioters getting thumped as it escalated. Then one evening before dark, Derry Bowles met the demonstrators as they amassed, and said over a bullhorn, "I have 1,000 officers assembled ... " Poof.
Posted on September 29 at 9:49 a.m.
@atomic_state: A la LBJ?
Have to ponder the other end on end existential stuff. But while we're here, another possible one: To be succeeded by a republican who has already run twice? ("Peace with honor"?) As Samuel Clemens said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme".
Anyway, this round, it's permanent ... If Iraq is to continue to exist ... A construct that is not questioned or perceived as a question anywhere across the spectrum of any powers that be.
Posted on September 29 at 9:09 a.m.
@nomoresanity: Good points.
On Bringing the Light to Isla Vista
Posted on September 29 at 6:14 a.m.
Actually, this initiative could be just the thing for a foundation or the like to seize on -- an answer to the question, "Why should anyone step in to help Isla Vista if it's not willing to help itself?"
Posted on September 29 at 5:24 a.m.
@atomic_state: If you want to take it there, every such discussion must start with, "Why is Iraq?"