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What a nice simplistic fairy tale. Exactly the same fairy tale the current administration is feeding the American public. If I recall, the first steps of the Vietnam war started with similiar patriotic fervor. Anyway, maybe because I'm stuck inside cleaning on a nice day (or maybe I'm just a grumpy old poop), I've been pondering a response. Here's an exprapolation of what I told my 10 year old, more or less. Believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see:

"Son, one day you see pictures on the TV of that man
come out of his house with his wife and he has her by the hair and is
hitting her. You see her bleeding and crying. He hits her in the face,
he throws her on the ground, then he starts to kick her to death. Their
children run out and are afraid to stop him, they are crying, they are
watching this but do nothing because they are kids and afraid of their
father."

Of course, you are upset. Any moral person wouldn't be. We must do SOMETHING! However, nothing is ever that simple. What the TV DOESN"T show you is that this convicted wife beater is surrounded by a neighborhood of convicted wife beaters, all of whom hate THE LAW (ie, the US) even more than they hate each other. It also doesn't show you that this man's house has been the target of constant air raids over the last decade, where many of his children have been killed by "collateral damage". It also doesn't show that this man's basement is filled with oil, which would keep our house nice and comfy in the winter. It also doesn't show that this man used to be our friend against an even bigger wife beater living next door. In fact, many of the next door neighbors would love to take over this man's house and kill as many of the children as they can to claim the oil or land. But they all hate "THE LAW" even more. So, THE LAW initially comes on TV to say that this wife beater is responsible for the vile acts of other wife beaters in his neighborhood, and is, in fact, about to strike again! When it turns out that the other wife beaters did this vile act with the support of (what we thought were more friendly) wife beaters, then THE LAW starts a new story. This wife beater has TERRIBLE WEAPONS and he is going to use it on us! Of course, there is no proof despite the best efforts of the greatest spies to find these weapons, and one of the lead searchers of 10 years ago even claims that this is all a sham. Finally, THE LAW has already amassed a huge force of the greatest army in the world to surround this wife beater's house. In between throwing grenades into his door, they yell "Come out and surrender you wife beater!" But the wife beater is truly a wicked man, even among the other wife beaters in his neighborhood and does not play fair. He hides. The army storms the house while the TV crews are merrily watching the video game war in progress. All these neat weapons! What cool explosions! While the US TV crews report on the home towns of of army troops, the wife beater neighborhood TV station is showing pictures of orphans and dead children and destroyed houses of the evil one's yard resulting from "misprogrammed" smart bombs. There's always collateral damage, right? Besides, we are doing this to help THEM! The neighbors, however, are not so happy. Their TV explains that THE LAW is here to kill all the Muslims and take over the oil in the basement for their own use. How silly! But those other wife beaters are sneaky. They keep telling their kids (in between beatings) that THE LAW is going to kill them all and that they need to fight back. More pictures of dead babies follow, though those pictures are considered "unpatriotic" in the US and are banned. Finally, the finest army in the world takes over the wife beater's house with a minimum of LAW casualities. There must be those vile weapons here somewhere...... We weren't here for the oil, anyway. And those kids! The finest army in the world is now responsible for the health and welfare of millions of poor, undereducated, scared, vengeful, hungry and armed kids (most of whom are under the age of 14) who are just happy the shooting has stopped. Meanwhile, the wife beating neighbors are beginning to circle....

Life is never simple. War is never simple. Blind obdience is unpatriotic.

ch (the cranky patriot)
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