Secret Mojo Dumbs It Down for You

August 5, 2006

The word is “failure”

Filed under: Israel/Lebanon,rants,terrorism,war — secretmojo @ 11:59 pm

My god, why?

What I believe has disappeared via this growing compendium of Justification Proclamations is the concept of war as a failure of humanity.

War is a failure. It means we couldn’t work it out amongst ourselves like adults, and punched our sister in the face for the toy. It is not a triumph. All wars are Pyrric victories: you need only count the dead. It is blood and guts, unbound hatred, and immoral to the core.

War proves itself bizarre when we map its qualities onto an individual. It is everything we would despise about a man: solving problems by fist, justifying beating the crap out of someone, bragging about his kill ratio and the blackjack he has in his car.

So why this depraved assumption that war is innately valid, heroic, and beneficial? That stopping war, even briefly, is useless? Actually, I don’t care for the answer to this one; I’ve heard enough “birth pang”-style ramblings to decide the answer comes more from fealty than intelligence or compassion. War is not innately valid, and anyone who acts like it is is someone to steer well clear of.

We should, if we are human, deplore war. It should shame us, embarrass us, and make us cry for our own species. But I suppose this would require too much grace. Too much “bleeding heart” emotions, as opposed the more manly “bleeding body” approach. But if we still have souls, we should recognize that fighting wars are a stain upon us, and that if we dare engage in them, we best do it for the most obvious, self-evident reasons, and know all the while we curse ourselves to hell for it.

In other words, when we justify our wars ex post facto, and furthermore cheer their existence, we’ve gone sociopathic.

War is a failure from its inception. Did I say that already? If a person believes war brings it like King Midas, transforming useless things into gold, perhaps he’s right: King Midas lost his daughter through his greed. But a war, unlike Midas, has no Dionysus to bring back the dead.

Human beings are not based in hatred and violence; our prominent qualities are intelligence, abstract thought, language skills, music, and the undying need to create, love, and have our stories told.

So I think anyone can predict my response to a post that, in order to justify the continuation of death, blithely mentions uber-menschen, racism, sickness, peace as idiocy, hatred, Pol Pot, Hitler, dysfunction, victimization, pathology, blindness, “stopping feeling,” killing Jews; and uses pejorative language like “Pay attention,” “Is this starting to sink in?” and “We just wanted to clear that up for anyone who’s feelings might have been hurt” and “before you puff out your chests with self esteemed indignation”, and so on, and so on, and so on:

Loathe yourself, because you’re part of the problem.



  1. You’re right.

    As the KKK was stringing up blacks, law enforcement should have just been talking.


    Maybe we should have just talked to the Nazis, too.

    Comment by SC&A — August 6, 2006 @ 3:18 pm | Reply

  2. We talked to the Soviet Union and avoided armageddon. There is a place for diplomacy; it’s not all war.

    Comment by secretmojo — August 6, 2006 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

  3. The Soviet Union represented a political reality that were nothing more than belligerant.

    Hizbollah, the KKK and the Nazis espoused wholesale slaughter and nothing but.

    Comment by SC&A — August 6, 2006 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  4. Well, you’ll have to at least take the KKK off your list, because we have not yet obliterated Arkansas (I’m hoping you’re not suggesting we should bomb Arkansas).

    I’m not sure what you mean about the Soviet Union, that they weren’t nuclearly dangerous, just ornery?

    How about China, when an American spy plane was captured there? Why negotiate then? Furthermore, what ever happened to the IRA? Was a cease-fire useless with them?

    Comment by secretmojo — August 6, 2006 @ 11:30 pm | Reply

  5. oh, and thanks for coming by, SCA. These are important topics to me, and while I can get ranty, I always prefer hearing a differing viewpoint over an agreeable one.

    Comment by secretmojo — August 6, 2006 @ 11:44 pm | Reply

  6. Re the Soviet Union, they were armed- but MADD was the reality, asit is with China.

    The former Iranian president, Ali Rafsanjani (who is considered a ‘moderate’) announced that he supported the actual USE of nuclear weapons against Israel.

    Hizbollah is not a nation, as is Russia and China, countries bound by treaties- it isn’t even a political organization, pe se. Their platform rejects all political solutions- unless you consider the destruction of Israel and slaughter of Jews an appropriate ‘political’ solution.

    Comment by SC&A — August 7, 2006 @ 12:58 am | Reply

  7. I believe there are political solutions outside of Hizbollah’s involvement. But that’s neither here nor there, because it seems I keep offering cases where politics worked, and you keep tagging them as aberrations.

    I know what Hizbollah is. And I know how it differs from a state like Iran, which apparently you agree can be negotiated with because it can sign treaties. That is why I mentioned the IRA.

    This is not about the character of an organization, but the placement of will: do you strive for peace, and fix the racism through alliances, dialogue, pressure from the Arab world, back-room deals, undermining support, and so on, or do you kill people until there are no racists left, including the ones that develop in response to your killing?

    Which one sounds more doable to you? Which one should be the first choice?

    Comment by secretmojo — August 7, 2006 @ 2:50 am | Reply

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