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  •  I'm brought to think of a couple of things: (5+ / 0-)

    First, from Robert E Lee:

    "It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we would grow too fond of it"

    The second is "A Taste of Armageddon"

    These are very very dangerous waters we now swim in.  Legally, ethically, and technologically.  Will we survive whole?

    Pray we do so.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 04:04:21 AM PST

    •  I like your Lee quote (2+ / 0-)
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      The notion of keeping our own military out of harm's way is, of course, compelling.  But I don't believe war should ever be "easy."  I've not served, and neither has anyone in my family (except for my Dad, briefly, in the 1950s), so I recognize that I'm speaking from a limited and privileged perspective, but I fear that fighting a war without a certain level of risk to our own side only guarantees that the war will never end.

      "We *can* go back to the Dark Ages! The crust of learning and good manners and tolerance is so thin!" -- Sinclair Lewis

      by Nespolo on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 04:31:47 AM PST

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      •  Lee quote after Battle of Fredericksburg (2+ / 0-)
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        when Union troops attemping an assault up Marye's Heights got slaughtered

        worth noting that when Picket's charge was beaten back at Gettysburg, the successful Union defenders began chanting over and over "Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg!"

        "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

        by teacherken on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 04:55:52 AM PST

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    •  The rest of the world (3+ / 0-)

      is not happy with this.  I think it can only go so far before they will decide that it's not okay.  We've already seen some of this with respect to the war in Iraq and courts in foreign countries and now the UN rapporteur.  

      U.S. Use of Drones, Under New Scrutiny, Has Been Widely Opposed Abroad

      Last spring, Pew Research surveyed the public in 20 countries around the world and found that in 17 of them, more than half disapproved of the U.S. conducting drone strikes to target extremists in places such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The policy was particularly unpopular in majority Muslim nations, but it also faced disapproval in Europe and other regions as well.

      Disapproval is strongest in Greece (90%), Egypt (89%), Jordan (85%), Turkey (81%), Spain (76%), Brazil (76%) and Japan (75%).

      We seem to operate on an assumption that the U.S. can do anything and decide what's legal not only domestically but globally but the rest of the world does not see things that way.  I think this is not sustainable and it will either lead to formal or informal sanctions and economic pressure, legal pressure, or world war.


      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 05:03:40 AM PST

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      •  Yep. As I said, dangerous waters. (1+ / 0-)
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        We either learn as a Humanity to end war, or be doomed to perpetual war.  We're at the cusp.

        "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

        by zenbassoon on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 05:19:50 AM PST

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