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Re: History and Now
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From: Marcus
Category: Other stuff
Date: 08 March 2003

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Folly.

The word that sums up my feelings on your discussions up to this point. The argument has turned from one of whether we should be fighting this war to the particular techniques employed by each of the participants in making their largely uninformed points.

Folly.

I do not put it past any of our governments (American, British, French, German, Chinese, etc.) to march forward in pursuit of folly. To act in what they believe is in their best interests, masked by ulterior motives and largely indifferent to teh consequences of their actions. Speaking as a a transplanted American (originally from South Africa), I take a skeptical view of most decisions that our government makes in the name of freedom/justice. The reality is that our government, and this in no way makes our government unique, acts in what it believes to be its own self-interest. The question then becomes what interests are we protecting? Are we worried about our nation's security? In mid-east stability? Or are our motives as base and simple as those opposed to the war suggest. Is this merely a war over oil?

None of us can state categorically why this war is going to happen. To take such a strident, not to mention adversarial, tone in this discussion makes the exercise largely pointless. Each of us is approaching this war from a different perspective. Each of us is educated and brings something to the table in this debate. Why assume that your perspective is the correct one? Rather than harping on how poor one another's analogies are, why not try to at least understand one another's perspective? I am neither for nor opposed to the war at this point. I distrust George W. He is not the leader that his supporters believe he is. Nor is he the "imperialist" that his opponents take take such satisfaction in calling him.

Each of you is taking a black and white position on a subject which calls for far more delicate analysis.

That's all for now,

Marcus

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