Thursday, November 18, 2004

War

If you have watched Michael Moore's Fahrenheit, you might have been left with the impression that unjust wars, like the one in Iraq, are cruel, violent and ugly (mainly because the soldiers' psyche gets mauled, also because innocent non-English-speaking 'simple' people are massacred and have their livelihoods devastated) and that just wars are somehow less bloody, more kindly and gentle (amply exemplified by Dresden and Hiroshima). This is blatantly wrong: war is evil, period -- unless, of course, you can wage war by just destroying buildings constituting headquarters of oppression and corruption, as Abu-Jonathan recently suggested, while your enemy knows you are not really killing anyone: surely not a straightforward task.

Having said that, there is still a gaping chasm between war and the war crimes perpetrated in Iraq: torturing prisoners, killing hostages, shooting the wounded. It is so nauseating, complaining about Outpost life suddenly becomes ludicrously insignificant. Even more so considering that the armed forces of the archetypical western democracy are responsible for most of them.

Have a nice day.

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