Have been reading a considerable amount of articles and blogs about the current Israeli-Palestinian-Lebanese crises over the past week, and, at the end of all this, I don't know if I'm any more enlightened about any of the issues and people involved in them, or not.
Have found some great and glaring deficiencies both in my political and military knowledge about the players involved.
Am also coming away with a very high, and growing still. level of disgust with the various sides, their officials, spokespeople, and partisans, especially the 'Net Hawks on all sides, who, whether in comments to on-line articles or their own blogs, strike me as being as a bunch of wanna-be murderers, the whole fucking lot of 'em.
They defend anything and everything their own side does, portraying their dead and wounded as glorious martyrs and innocent victims, while, of course, their opponents' dead and wounded are all the Scum of the Earth, and that they all had it coming.
Well, to quote Clint Eastwood as William Munny in a scene near the end of Unforgiven, "Kid, we've all got it comin' ", and, depending on whom you speak with about any human being, Yours Truly included, any and every one of us individually might "need" or "deserve" killing.
No one is a complete innocent Lambie-Pie/Saint With A Heart Of Gold.
But, no one's a Complete Piece of Shit deserving of torture, maiming and death, either.
It doesn't mean that people shouldn't be held accountable for their rhetoric and actions. It means that none of us, Yours Truly especially, are God or Gods, with the right, entitlement and power to decide who among us lives or dies.
Anyone who assumes that they are, especially if they're "religious" or "spiritually-minded", and acts on those assumptions is, in my opinion, a hypocritical blasphemer as well as a murderer, period.
To be honest, I really do wish that these 'Net Heroes, as well as Media Patriots and Heroes, regardless of their shade of political or social opinions, would just shut the fuck up and mind their own damned business.
That should, if taken far enough, apply to me, too, right???? Yeah, it should.
But, I ain't gonna shut the fuck up, and, whatever my wishes are, they aren't, either.
Does that make me a hypocrite(which is something I despise)???? Yup.
Am gonna haveta live with that, I guess.
By the way, if you want to see two more pieces of recent hypocrisy on my part, please go to http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=4568411, where I've posted two opinion pieces, one about the Israeli-Palestinian-Lebanese crisis, and the other about the meaning and use of the phrase "Support Our Troops". Just highlight, copy, paste to your browser window, and hit Enter to go see.
Love 'em, like 'em, hate 'em, loathe 'em, or don't care either way about 'em, there they are, for your perusal.
In the meantime, take care of yourselves out there, O You Who Read This, and stay safe.