Because ... of the two of us, I seem to know that war and the results of war are not controled by the mentality of the computer.Hurkyl said:TSM: If I'm a "Homer Simpson" whose "eyes gloss over from lack of comprehension", and my "ranking as a theologian, philosopher, and a moralist is something akin to Mr. Bean"...
then of the two of us, why am I the only one who is able to respond to a question directly? And why are you the only one who is attacking straw men, and bringing in emotionally charged baggage?
Wars conclude with 'emotion' and this is what Americans fail to understand with their cool calculation.
You DO remember Iraq and that little 'sticking point' called 'hearts and minds'?
THAT's the emotional component you fail to understand.
Few seem to comprehend that the advice from most of Europe was as a result of two world wars which cost loss of families and not just soldiers.
So yeah, Hurkyl, you can sit there and play your little games talking about acceptable collateral damage and the like and 'regime change'.
However, that is why I can also sit here constantly poking fun at you with black humour over your success in Iraq and your 'Redneck Rationalization' originating from Rummy and that 'Sock Puppet' known as Shrub.
And no, I am not only talking about foreign 'terrorists' fighting in Iraq. I am talking about the current government of Iraq which is going through the motions to deliver a piece of paper to get you out of their country while ... at the same time ... negotiating with the country of Iran, your sworn enemy.
Yes, Hurkyl, that has been their 'emotional response' to you and what they perceive to be your quest for oil.
Like all fascist approaches to war, you cut out the human element and speak of it in terms of a computer game totally ignoring anything that was said and its effect on the population, who was killed and what it did to them and a whole host of other features that will eventually result in a disaster for you.
After all, the two governments and people you just toppled where your allies only a few years prior to this.
Your next target, Iran, hates you because of what you did there in the 1950's in toppling their democratic government.
Just when will you learn the lesson, Hurkyl?
When will you understand the irritation you cause in Europe each time you state you won the Second World War? ... When you insult them with movies like U-571 ... Blackhawk Down, etc.?
What about the opinion of the loss of people in China, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Australia, Holland, etc. and the hatred you dredge up when you mention beating Japan and signing them to the Treaty of San Francisco which effectively cut out any hope of repatriations for 60 years?
Emotion, Hurkyl, get used to it. Saddam was easy to control however you just released a nation now free to help in the war oF terrorism and not oN terrorism as you had hoped.