WAR & PEACE
TOLSTOY HAD IT RIGHT 143 YEARS AGO
NOW MCCAIN & OBAMA WILL HAVE IT OUT
So, Which Are You For?
I've read "Anna Karenina," and several of old Count Leo's short stories. Never got through the magma of the magnum opus, tho. Too many Rooskie names. Maybe I'll try before I die.
It's about Napoleon's invasion of Mother Russia, a foolhardy foreign adventure if ever there was one. I once saw a graphic representation, in blood, as it were, of Bonaparte's Grande Armee before and after the Russian expedition. It starts out as a raging red river, long, deep, thick and wide, rushing Eastward; and ends up as a sad crimson trickle, draining back to the West, an army decimated by war and weather, famine and frostbite, disease and predation. Wolves got some, Russians the rest.
Today, we are engaged in a similarly foolish expedition. The Russians had no choice but to fight the little Corsican megalomaniac to the death, and plenty of them died, too. We had a choice not to follow our Connecticut megalomaniac, but we fucked up, and many of us died, too. Now we have a choice, a chance to rewind history, and TiVo our asses out of there, commercial-free. But the traitorous, genocidal, racist asshole Repukes want more blood. Not their own, of course. They won't fight, never have. Newt Gingriches, Ronnie Rayguns, Dubya Bushes and their ilk save themselves for a higher calling of public service: IE, lining the pockets of themselves, their friends & family.
This is what war is to these sociopathic cowards: A business opportunity. Let others die, so that they can add to their already unconscionable wealth. Sic semper tyrannis, I guess. But why here, why now? If we can stop it by a simple act of democracy, why any longer? Do we need any more blood on our collective hands?
We have a clear choice, now. The forces of evil, death and destruction that have brought about this unjust war want it to continue. They have stooges, candidates in both Parties. They will wave the bloody shirt of 9/11. We should wave it right back at them. We should curse them for leaving us vulnerable, and using 9/11 as an excuse for oil-grabbing and wholesale murder, while further endangering the nation, for centuries to come. We should run them out of Washington on an electoral rail. We should vote against them, every one of us. We should vote. Vote for peace.
As Leo Tolstoy said:
"In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful. "
"War is so unjust and ugly that all who wage it must try to stifle the voice of conscience within themselves."
"War . . . is such a terrible thing, that no man, especially a Christian man, has the right to assume the responsibility of starting it".
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