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The online world and war

Posted by Michael Bloch in online world (Sunday July 30, 2006 )

A little off-topic, but eh, what the heck. This is just a rant, please feel free to totally ignore it.

As I sit down and munch on my Sunday lunch thinking about how tough life can be at times, courtesy of the online world I’m yet again reminded just how pathetic whatever problems I perceive I have actually are.

I remember growing up and reading the news of events in the Middle East in the newspaper and seeing the stories on TV; but usually these events occurred days or perhaps even weeks before.

The lag on reporting made these occurrences somewhat removed from me; after all, it was just those “crazy arabs” at it again and I had nothing to do with whatever crap they were embroiling themselves in. It was their problem, not mine.

As the web evolved, events such as 9/11, ensuing conflicts and in particular the current wars being waged in Iraq and Israel/Lebanon; I’ve been able read and see these things online very shortly after they occur – from many different perspectives. I’ve learned a great deal about different cultures and beliefs since that horrible day in 2001 – and also my role in supporting the carnage as a taxpayer of this country and a consumer of oil.

While some of the online reporting is very graphic, I can’t smell the corpses or touch the bodies being described – human death has a particular odor about it. It goes beyond just the reek of decaying flesh. If you’ve ever experienced it, you’ll know what I’m talking about. To touch a cold body for the first time, to sense that whatever made that person has disappeared is an unforgettable experience. To experience it en masse must be truly horrifying; then numbing.

Still, some writers are able to convey the deep sense of grief, the brutality, the impact of mass murder and directly link those events to us with just words. This recent report on CNN about the Israeli/Lebanon conflict really shocked me; not just for its content because a mainstream media outlet actually published it.

I recommend you take a look at it, particularly the quote from the Shiite Sheikh towards the end. It really drove things home for me.

I really don’t care who is right and who is wrong in this entire conflict; it’s extraordinarily complex and the roots of it extend back thousands of years. The Western backing of it, and other similar wars, however has more modern roots – it’s all about oil and business.

All I know is that in this day and age, as “evolved” humans, it is *all* wrong. Despite the easy accessibility to information online about peoples of the world, the history of issues and what we are doing to the planet through rampant consumerism, the wars rage on.

Yes, that’s pretty rich coming from someone involved with marketing – it’s something I have difficulty in reconciling.

Even given all our knowledge, we still allow our governments to continually support the death of innocents and we then vote these idiots back into power.

Democracy? Democracy is dead. It’s based on lies and empty promises. It doesn’t work. Why? Because humans are fundamentally corrupt; we want to be fooled and we want someone else to blame for it. Example: while we “tsk, tsk” at the images we see of death through war, we then jump into the cars that are partially powered by the blood of those being slaughtered. God forbid that our lifestyles be threatened by some dark skinned children being blown apart.

As for the UN – eh, a toothless lion and a puppet.

Is there no hope for us as a species? I really wonder sometimes. For all our tech smarts; we seem to be growing increasing emotionally and spiritually retarded. Then again, knowledge, applied wisdom and humanity are very separate things.

Still, there will be rough justice for us at some stage if we don’t wise up soon and it may not be through bombs and bullets. We’ll just choke on the shit that our lifestyles produce. And when that occurs, there’ll be no “terrorists” to blame but ourselves.

Enjoy your Sunday.

“an eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind”– Gandhi

“Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you find that
money cannot be eaten”. — Cree Indian saying

“The countless white crosses in mute witness stand
To man’s blind indifference to his fellow man,
To a whole generation that was butchered and damned” — Eric Bogle

“There is something fundamentally wrong with a war where there are more dead children than armed men.” Jan Egeland – UN relief chief


3 comments for The online world and war
  1. You don’t get it. It is not about the Oil.

    If you read what Gary Becker said:

    “Since oil is sold in a fluid world market, any nation, including the US, can get pretty much all the oil it wants by paying world prices.”

    So, the U.S. doesn’t need a war in Afghanistan, Iraq or elsewhere to get all the oil it needs.

    It is about our way of life (western civilization). The arab terrorists want to install iran-style (or worse) islamic theocracies in all arab countries, eliminate the State of Israel, and finally, wage a Holy War of Supremacy against all Judeo-Christian “non-believers”. I think 9/11 proved all this.

    Comment by B L — July 30, 2006 @ 8:51 am

  2. While I disagree; I respect your opinion :) – thanks for your comment.

    Comment by Michael Bloch — July 30, 2006 @ 3:56 pm

  3. Background – Just stumbled onto this site that looks like any other web marketing site – am amazed to find a anti war posting by the owner and figured I’d better read further.
    Comment – Gary you don’t get it either. True, it’s not about oil – it’s about CHEAP oil. Our lifestyle requires consuming way more oil than we are willing to pay for – and it pisses the terrorists off so badly that they feel justified in their actions.

    Comment by Joe McElroy — August 18, 2006 @ 2:26 pm

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