Who is Calling Who, What?
Musing on one of many distasteful and openly racist postings that seem to find so much traction around social media these days. This one the comparison between arming Islamic extremists versus efforts at gun control in this country -- another case of the logic train derailing on that frequent curve of righteous distraction. And in these propaganda debates, history is discarded in favor of a subtle kind of perversion. See, America invented terrorism in the semi-modern world. We kind of broke that civilized protocol where everybody dresses up like a wealthy pimp and shoots at each other until somebody finally gives up. Instead, we hid behind trees, assassinated officers (to disrupt command and control), stole stuff, blew things up randomly and generally refused to play fair. Assuming that war and revolution has anything to do with fairness anyway. Conflict is about attrition -- however you can deliver it to the enemy. And if you are a marginalized group on an uneven playing field, the rules are for the other guy. He can afford them. And throughout this unpleasantness, the French were more than willing to help us kill more Englishmen. All the less bodies and guns they'd have to deal with sooner or later. Big difference? The French remained friends and allies.
And the parallel universe: