Strife, discord and turmoil..

A.k.a., ..the Middle East, ..circa, ..the present.

According to Webster: strife, Heated, often violent dissension; bitter conflict.

According to Webster: dis·cord, Lack of agreement among persons, groups, or things.

According to Webster: tur·moil,  A state of extreme confusion or agitation.

Not that I don’t have an amount of compassion for the men and women currently suffering the wrath of stupidity in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and the list could go on to include every country in the region, or any other region on the planet suffering the same idiocy.

According to Webster: id·i·o·cy, Extreme folly or stupidity.

However, being an American of an age that placed me in a history, to include my formative years during the “Second World War,” an adolescents to include the “Police Action” in Korea, and an adulthood, (at twenty-two) that included receiving a “Greetings” letter in March of 1964 from the United States Government informing me that I had been “selected” to serve my country in the Army, during which I was issued a weapon of mass destruction, an (M-60 Machine Gun) to be exact, and treated to a taxpayer funded tour of Vietnam where I witnessed the deaths and dismemberments of way too many good American men who, not for the greed and ambition of a group of individuals identifying themselves as politicians, would have enjoyed the opportunity to choose between a “Big Mac” or a “Whopper” beyond 1975.

The Vietnam War, was a Cold War-era military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1, November, 1955, to the fall of Saigon on 30, April, 1975. This war followed the First Indochina War and was fought between North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of South Vietnam, supported by the United States and other anti-communist nations. The Viet Cong, a lightly armed South Vietnamese communist-controlled common front, largely fought a guerrilla war against anti-communist forces in the region. The Vietnam People’s Army (North Vietnamese Army) engaged in a more conventional war, at times committing large units into battle. U. S. and South Vietnamese forces relied on air superiority and overwhelming firepower to conduct search and destroy operations, involving ground forces, artillery and airstrikes. (Source Wikipedia)

Of course, “at least in my opinion,” for anyone who served in Vietnam and lost their life or an arm or a leg to an AK-47, an improvised explosive device, or a 60 millimeter mortar round, would probably have reservations about the description that the Viet Cong were lightly armed.

WAR…

War is a state of organized, armed and often prolonged conflict carried on between states, nations, or other parties typified by extreme aggression, social disruption, and usually high mortality. In addition to the existence of this organized behavior pattern amongst human primates, very similar organized warlike behavior patterns are also found in many other primate species such as chimpanzees, as well as in many ant species.

(Side Note) Interesting points for anyone with less than a sixth grade education.

“The set of techniques used by a group to carry out war is known as warfare.”

“An absence of war is usually called peace.”

(continuing) War generally involves two or more organized groups or parties. Such a conflict is always an attempt at altering either the psychological or material inter-group relationship of equality or domination between such groups. In all cases, at least one participant (group) in the conflict perceives the need to either psychologically or materially dominate the other participant and is unable or unwilling to accept or permit the possibility of a true relationship of fundamental equality to exist between the groups who have opted for group violence (war). The attempt to establish or maintain domination and to avoid equality, is a precipitating factor in all wars, i.e., one group wishing to dominate another. Attempts at domination are also often the primary precipitating factor in individual one-on-one violence outside of the context of war, i.e., one individual attempting to dominate another. In 2003, Nobel Laureate Richard E. Smalley identified war as the sixth (of ten) biggest problems facing the society of mankind for the next fifty years. In the 1832 treatise “On War”, Prussian military general and theoretician Carl Von Clausewitz defined war as follows: “War is thus an act of force to compel our enemy to do our will.” Some scholars see War as a seemingly inescapable and integral aspect of human culture, others argue that it is only inevitable under certain socio-cultural or ecological circumstances. Some scholars argue that the practice of war is not linked to any single type of political organization or society. Rather, as discussed by John Keegan in his History Of Warfare, war is a universal phenomenon whose form and scope is defined by the society that wages it. Others argue that since there are human societies in which warfare does not exist there humans can not be said to be naturally disposed for warfare but that warfare emerges under particular historical circumstance. The ever changing technologies and potentials of war extend along a historical continuum. At the one end lies the endemic warfare of paleolithic man with its stones and clubs, and the naturally limited loss of life associated with the use of such weapons. Found at the other end of this continuum is nuclear warfare, along with the recently developed possible outcome of its use, namely the rather sobering potential risk of the complete extinction of the human race. (Source Wikipedia)

If I were to select a most poignant definition of war from the above, it would be; ”is unable or unwilling to accept or permit the possibility of a true relationship of fundamental equality to exist between the groups.”

According to Webster: poign·ant,  Astute and pertinent; relevant.

Since I personally possess no omnipotent powers, I will not presume to state that there has never been at war fought over an idea. However with that said, I do believe that I have the intellect and the experience to state, that “in my opinion,” most wars, and the conflicts presently disrupting world peace are influenced primarily by greed and power, i.e., simply stated, ..wars are fought for money.

So the next time you hear your local commentator, or Cable News Network report that Pvt., Cpl., or Sgt. Smith was killed in action Thursday, know that Pvt., Cpl., or Sgt. Smith was someone’s child, husband or wife, son or daughter, father or mother and that they died to increase corporate America’s bottom line. Dollars are wonderful things, (especially when pulling up to a gas pump in America today) nevertheless, “at least in my opinion” there is no glory in dying for a dollar.

America is a wonderful country and I have no illusions as to why millions of individuals over the years have risk arrest and deportation to come here. With that said, America was not founded by men and women who pick seasonal fruits and vegetables. America’s history praises men like George Washington and the Continental Army for freeing America from tyranny and Abraham Lincoln for abolishing slavery. While at the same time our present crop of politicians in Washington, to include our current President and the Lions share of Congress that enjoy likening themselves to historically great men and aspiring to walk in their shadows, sanction tyranny and the next best thing to slavery by condoning illegal immigration.

If the Lions share of Mexican citizens truly wish to live in America, it would be my suggestion that they form a coalition and make application to America for statehood, ..problem solved.

As for Corporate America, it would be my suggestion that they take a second look inward and appreciate the fact that the identifier, “America,” follows the word corporate in their quest for wealth.

Take heed, ..you can only work and whip an old dog so long without providing him with the bone.

Although I appreciated Lady Gaga’s capacity to influence an amount of the world’s population to make herself wealthy, “it is my considered opinion.” that influencing someone with an amoebic understanding of life, isn’t an, accomplishment that I would personally brag about. If not for the current amoebic mentality in America, neither Lady Gaga, or Barack Obama would be enjoying their present lifestyles.

According to Webster: a·moe“bic, An amoeba has no definite form and consists essentially of a mass of protoplasm containing one nucleus or more surrounded by a delicate, flexible outer membrane.

It was nature’s intention by design that Homo sapiens, i.e., human beings occupy a higher plane of existence than a chimpanzee or an ant, therefore, it would be my suggestion to anyone blessed with minimum of common sense to cast their vote in 2012 to elect a member of the human race that has given birth to a member of the human race and has an understanding and an appreciation for the value of human life.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

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