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The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-06-08 05:15
  Subject:   [MeFi] The first pebble in an avalance - I hope.
  Music:hope springs eternal, but cynicism carries today

"I refuse to be silent any longer. I refuse to watch families torn apart, while the President tells us to "stay the course." ... I refuse to be party to an illegal and immoral war against people who did nothing to deserve our aggression. I wanted to be there for my fellow troops. But the best way was not to help drop artillery and cause more death and destruction. It is to help oppose this war and end it so that all soldiers can come home." -U.S. Army Lt. Ehren Watada


Since our legislators have demonstrated over and over again that they are stinking, dickless cowards, I suppose we the people are going to have to kick off the jihad against Bush's lies.

Or maybe I'm fooling myself, and my fellow Americans really are as stupid and submissive as I think they are. Wholeheartedly swallowing any lie their President cares to tell them, whether that President be Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, or Bush. Because obedience is obviously much more important than truth.

P.S. Found that-there Osama bin Laden guy yet? Even *tried* to find him? Cuz god knows, we wouldn't want to actually go after the guy who actually took down the World Trade Towers on 9/11 by crashing jetliners full of people into them. Would we?
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Coinneach Fitzpatrick
  User: scarybaldguy
  Date: 2006-06-08 16:14 (UTC)
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Or maybe I'm fooling myself, and my fellow Americans really are as stupid and submissive as I think they are.

They're not... they're worse than that.

P.S. Found that-there Osama bin Laden guy yet?

He pops up every six months. We're about due for another rant from him. That aside, ObL is our Emmanuel Goldstein, a convenient bogeyman with which to threaten the sheelpe.
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  User: (Anonymous)
  Date: 2006-06-08 21:50 (UTC)
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See, whether you agree with the war or not, this is a very, very gutsy thing to do.

What this guy is doing isn't like you or me saying, "Hey, this is wrong and I disagree with everything about it." A guy in his position doesn't say this without some serious, serious consequences. At best, he's committing career suicide. At worst, he could be court martialled for insubordination and including other serious charges. Charges which can entail incarceration.

Stories like these send chills up my spine. One woman refusing to give up her seat, one soldier denouncing a war as unethical and unjustified. Courage in the face of adversity or in opposition to silent acquiescence is something I've always admired and respected.

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