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    thing as a war that is fought without damage to civilians, and stop pretending this is something startling and new.  The whole fucking point of the anti war protests in the 60's was that War Is Not Healthy For Children and Other Living Things.  Still have the engraved medallion.  Still wear it.  

    If Manning was so naive he really believed only soldiers suffer in wars of course he was shocked and appalled.  And should never have been accepted into the military.  

    If people are really shocked and appalled by drone warfare they're clearly not paying attention to the word that matters: war.  If we keep arguing about the details of which methods of killing are more or less horrific we'll be posting the same damn posts in 20 years about robot soldiers.  

    The problem is war, warring, warfare, the idea that we can kill our way to some goal.  The innocents always suffer more than the warriors.  They always have, they always will.  

    But let's make this a personal vendetta, Obama vs Manning cuz then we don't have to start taking action against an entrenched war culture and dedicate our lives to a battle we'll not see the end of.  

    I think the deck chairs need more paint, how about you?

    I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

    by I love OCD on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 01:44:03 PM PDT

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