Against the Next War

Update: Against the Next War (August 14, 2018)

Today, the “Kurze Geschichten” blog published an extraordinarily powerful anti-war poem, thus becoming the fifth site now to join the movement. You can find their poem here.

You can also find the original poem here, along with a list of the other sites that have joined.

On the eve of the Iraq War, I was talking about the looming conflict with a man who was a heavy Fox viewer.  I told him how I was worried about the people who would be killed if we went to war.

He replied that only 160 or so soldiers had died in the Gulf War, that this war was unlikely to be much different.

I said, “It’s not our soldiers I’m worried about.  It’s their conscripts and non-combatants I’m worried about.  They will see hell.”

“Yes”, he replied, “But they don’t count.  They’re brown.”

He was serious.

10 thoughts on “Update: Against the Next War (August 14, 2018)”

  1. It is really hard to regain my composure after reading this story of yours Paul. How did you react? What did you tell him? Did you tell him anything at all?

    This is so wrong. And I won’t accept this as it is unacceptable. I just won’t. Not now, not ever.

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    1. Matthias, in my full 61 years, I have only but a mere handful of times ended a friendship over a difference of opinion.

      But I decisively ended his and mine that night. I did not argue with him, I did not even waste time and effort — and it would indeed have been a waste in this case — on telling him my reasons. I simply said my good-byes and left.

      Yes, I was furious, but I have never regretted my decision, though it was made in anger.

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    2. It might interest you to know, Matthias, that he and I once saw eye to eye on nearly every major issue — political and social. But then Fox News debuted. That was the turning point. He became a regular viewer, and progressively moved first to the reasonable right, then to the diseased right.

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      1. Sorry to intrude, but this is just unbelievable. It’s a major human mystery how many people can be influenced, longterm, by an outlet such as Fox. Even seemingly reasonable people, as you’ve described. Solving this puzzle seems close to the root, to me, I’ve even seen it with my own brother. I recall visiting him around 2011 or so, when he remarked offhandedly how many of things Trump was saying (at the time it was ‘Obama was born on Mars… etc’) made a lot of sense. I remember thinking — how can someone become less discerning with time rather than more, or at least hold the line?

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      2. Welcome, Stoltzyblog! Sorry to hear about your brother. The Fox phenomenon, along with the whole of the right wing echo chamber, has been responsible for so many estrangements between friends and family.

        Beyond that, you raise a key point that is seldom raised: The deterioration in one’s thinking that seems an all but inevitable consequence of the phenomenon. If you are interested, I try to make sense of that in a post here: https://cafephilos.blog/2018/08/06/dietrich-bonhoeffer-on-stupid-people/

        I hope you enjoy the blog and will return often.

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