Friday, December 22, 2006

What passes for thought.

So my daughter is watching something on television, some documentary something about a peace blogger... I didn't catch the details, just a bit of the guy's speech as he's driving along in his truck.

He explains that he was offended by someone or other who was excited about going off to war because what that meant was that they were going to be killing people. True enough.

He explains that a huge (he said half, which I think can't be right, but I'll give him that it's a lot) part of our economy is given to the military. True enough.

He explains that it's making us enemies. That he's watched as people in the world have begun to hate us. Fantasy land.

Pure delusional la la fantasy land... in three parts.

Firstly, that something has fundamentally changed in the attitudes of the rest of the world toward the USA; What has happened is that people have become *aware* of other's attitudes about the United States that they were not aware of before. But very little critical thought will bring to mind examples of our unpopularity over time.

Secondly, that our military action is responsible for people hating us; They hated us before, enough so that 9-11 was planned and carried out, enough so that a long history of less spectacular attacks have been undertaken against the United States. Why does the bully take your lunch money? Because he can? Because he's hungry? Because he resents that you don't have to deal with the stresses he deals with every day? Lots of reasons... lots and lots of possible reasons that have nada to do with anything you have done.

Focusing on an external enemy has such a long and illustrious history that it's surprising that people who present themselves as thoughtful ignore it. When the life of your people sucks, you give them an external enemy to hate. Who in this equation has the sucky lives? It's not us.

Thirdly, that the "world" hating us matters; It doesn't.