March 26, 2003
What is Up

Wow, it's been a while. I'm starting to get a little less busy with the release at work, but in the meantime the ex-Neodesic crew have been writing stuff.

Pinku: “So we are doomed to go to war, kill thousands of people, enrage hundreds of terrorists, and rebuild Iraq at enormous cost because an idiot with a warmed-over communications degree believes it will work.” Heh. So Pinku.

Troutgirl: “It amuses me no end to be lectured about how history will judge the current crisis, by people who were English or electrical engineering majors in school.”

Timboy: “it's weird to be a hawk for the first time in my life.”

In case you care, Tim mirrors my feelings almost exactly, from the strange feeling of being a “hawk” to the disappointment with the peace activists with whom my sympathies usually lie. Though I am immune to certainty, people like Paul Berman (“Bush is an idiot, but he was right about Saddam”) seem to make a lot of sense to me.

Will: “I've been agonizing over whether to basically resign at the end of the school year and do something else.”

Besides working, I've been reading The Agonist (mirror 1, mirror 2), following the BBC's reporters' weblog, and watching the BBC video feed. And reading in bed.

Posted by jjwiseman at March 26, 2003 06:35 AM

Why are you scared of Saddam? What exactly would he have done if he was left alone that America could not retaliated to?

Posted by: fsdaew on March 26, 2003 09:32 PM

I, for one, welcome our neo-American Overlords.

Posted by: on March 27, 2003 04:10 PM

Most people prefer to believe their leaders are just and fair even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which they live is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of a corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one?s self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice.

Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all.

Posted by: on March 28, 2003 04:57 AM
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