Runcible Blog

Rude is the New Polite

Isn't it generally understood that when you hang out with someone or go on a "date" with someone that you shouldn't start having long cell phone conversations in the middle of it? When did such interruptions become polite? Those nextel 2 way things are the worst -- you have to hear both sides of the impolite conversation. It wouldn't be a big deal if it was a short conversation or just saying "I'm busy. call ya later", but after a while, it's just not cool. Come on now; I'm not being unfair.

Maybe I'm just old fashioned or something, but I thought it was considered a good idea to pay attention to your date. Then again, I'm not hip to culture these days. Apparently, "rude" is the new "polite".

Witness the worst of human nature

Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.

--William Shakespeare

As I watched live footage of a foggy sunrise over Baghdad and listened to the familiar sounds of early morning: birds singing, dogs barking, a passing car; for a moment I was transported to that city of 6 million people and could almost smell the pleasant aroma of dawn in Spring. For a brief moment I imagined waking up to a beautiful sunrise and the beginnings of Spring only to be greeted with a barrage of 1,000lb. bombs dropping on my neighborhood. It is nearly impossible for most Americans to imagine such a situation. It is truly sickening to think about how sheltered we are when many people react with excitement towards the "fireworks" of this aggressive war.

It's been reported that the president went to bed early tonight -- around 10pm. Meanwhile, half a world away, on the president's orders, thousands of soldiers march into an uncertain, dangerous future, and millions of innocent Iraqis awake to death and destruction, again.

War being the greatest of evils, all its accessories necessarily partake of the same character.
--T.S. Eliot

My only "support" for the troops is to ask them to refuse to fight an illegal, immoral war. If they proceed, they are just as accountable as the Nazi military was. Ignorance of international law does not exempt those who would blindly follow their leaders into an unjust war.

A “just war” is hospitable to every self-deception on the part of those waging it, none more than the certainty of virtue, under whose shelter every abomination can be committed with a clear conscience.
--Alexander Cockburn

How many Iraqis will die in order for us to "liberate" them? Will we Americans even be allowed to see the true destruction that will result from this arrogant action?

What else can I say that has not already been said during the months and months of worldwide opposition to this war? Today marks a tragic point in history: the day when unbridled military power succeeded in dismantling international alliances, subverting strong world opinion, and ushering in a new age of blatant imperial ambitions.

Shed a tear for Freedom and Democracy tonight

Like a Rerun of a Bad Movie

Bush's war rhetoric makes me sick. I, and millions of other people around the world, are powerless to stop this illegal war that begins in less than 48 hours. The president and his handlers have been smirking and telling everyone "who cares what you think?" while dismantling international alliances, alienating some of our closest friends, bribing nations for support, and spouting outright lies in order to scare the population into following this aggressive action. Make no mistake, an invasion of Iraq will be illegal under the same laws that Germany and Japan were prosecuted after WWII. Not only that, but by definition, U.S. troops will be war criminals even though they are following the orders of their commanders. However, it's unlikely that any American will be held accountable for their actions considering the U.S. rejected the International Criminal Court and invokes international law only when it suits American interests. In the words of Chevy Chase: "This is crazy. This is CRAZY. THIS IS CRAZY!" I watched a Frontline show highlighting the past 20 years of the Iraq situation. One clip showed a kurdish refugee crying out for help after the U.S abandoned the Kurds to face Saddam's wrath. American soldiers could see what was happening but wouldn't help. Seeing her pleas for help made me tear up a little bit, but let's not have any delusions that this war is anything but a selfish power grab. Those who latch on to the humanitarian angle for justifying this war are fooling themselves. Bush doesn't care about Kurds and never has. Considering Bush doesn't even care about poor Americans, why should anyone buy his lies about fighting to "liberate" the Iraqis? Not In My Name This is not my war. Bush is not my president. The only support I give to our military is by asking them to come home. If they decide to follow orders and kill civilians, they are criminals who deserve to be prosecuted. I don't hope that they be killed just as I don't wish for Iraqi deaths. But when 3,000 bombs fall on the 6 million inhabitants of Baghdad, who will be so ignorantly hypocritical to say that their cause is "peace"? The soldiers heading for Iraq will be aiming at the wrong Republican guard. Let us restore Democracy in the United States before we attempt to foster "liberty" in the Middle East at the barrel of a gun.

What Can I Say?

I'm tired, incoherent, very surprised and somewhat confused. Just when you think you might know someone, it turns out you have no idea. What surprised me most was not the actual event but that it happened only last month. When I heard that, alarms went off and questions arose. But, what can I say? What do I know? I can't "hate" someone because of such a thing, but I also can't ignore the caution signs that just popped in front of my face. I know I'm being intentionally vague since there's no need to be explicit. I know what I mean, and I think someone else does too. I better sleep on it.