April 18, 2007
War an Anachronism?

Paul M runs a website devoted to the deconversion stories of former Christians: Exchristian.Org He made the following comment on a recent post of mine, which I had cross-posted to The Smirking Chimp. Paul’s comment makes sense to me, and so I pass it on with his permission:

To leave without attaining the aims of the war (a pacified, “democratic” Iraq) would expose an important truth: war just doesn’t work anymore. War, in and of itself, is an anachronism.

Blame it on democratic ideas, or on nationalism. Blame it on the firearm and on TNT. It is no longer the case that if a state conquers another state, it acquires the people and wealth of that state. The peasants no longer consider themselves items to be bartered between owners.

A state can defeat a state, but it cannot defeat a people.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 18, 2007 05:19 PM
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Hot Damn! I like that last sentence. Rebel Yell-Yeehaaw!

Posted by: Old Reb on April 18, 2007 6:42 PM

I think Old Reb might be making the point that 150 years from now, Bush will still be remembered by many in Iraq, not fondly.

Or maybe many of the ancestors of the people of Iraq will just remember the collective "us", again, not fondly.

Posted by: Buck on April 18, 2007 7:23 PM

People have finally begun to study the patterns of insurgencies, and now that the entire establishment, basically a bunch of catwalk spectators, no longer cowers when Shrub enters the room they can publish the results of their endeavors. And, surprise, insurgencies win, in the twentieth century nearly always; and for good reasons, which anyone who's read the Illuminatus trilogy by the recently deceased Robert Anton Wilson will understand.

The amazing thing is not that the US continues to involve itself in apparently fruitless wars in remote places. That is easily explainable: the power structure gains, both financially and politically, from wars, as long as American property isn't damaged.

The amazing thing is that the American public hasn't stopped it yet. But with each passing war it appears that the public learns more than the warmasters. At least, that's what I choose to believe.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree (Belisarius) on April 18, 2007 11:34 PM
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