Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sarah Palin Caught cheating

Apparently this was about 10 minutes after she made fun of Obama for using a teleprompter...

Quake update

Lots of earthquakes around the globe above 5.0 on the Richter scale today. Strongest I’ve noticed is Magnitude 5.8 – South of the Fiji Islands. Every time my browser shakes and I can imagine people running around scared. How funny isn’t that?

UPPDATE: Another one around the Fiji Islands just now, 5.9 (revised down to 5.3... go figure..) this time. Something going on out there? Lower depth though, so probably not...

Conservatism, ideology and Afghanistan

Being reached by the news that Swedish soldiers have died my first reaction is to feel both sad and proud at the same time. Sad over their families, proud over Swedes fighting for human rights and dying while doing so...

But that only last a second or so - my conservative vein beats shortly.

The problems with conservative thinking are; too much nationalism, too much pride over being whatever you are. And that conservative vein also beat to the wing-flaps of history, tradition and Christian values. Unintentionally this leads to the dark side of collectivism and builds that ‘we against them’ feeling.

So after that second or two I realize why the soldiers really died and I get angry.

Angry because we have no reason being there, none whatsoever.

No one has attacked Sweden. No terrorists have bombed our citizens. No Afghanis have attacked our borders.

There’s no democratic government to protect, and the conflict itself is highly questionable on all fronts.

Did you know that there’s still no proof of Alky Aida having anything to do with the 9/11 thingy? There isn’t, not a single one, at least not officially. And if protecting human rights or females being oppressed is the reason, why the hell aren’t we invading and sending troops into Saudi Arabia? Iran? Indonesia? Most of Africa? And can we really argue that we are much better? There’s no problem finding direct violation against basic human rights in Sweden, the US, UK or any other country.

Should we send troops everywhere? Hell, why not? A World War would be fun, don’t you think?

But when you really think about it, what has traditional conservatism to support in this Afghani conflict? Are we protecting democracy? No. Are we protecting traditions, Swedish history or Christian values? No. Do we really have lots of money to throw away at something like this? No. Do we stand to gain anything from this conflict? No. So what then?

If we really had a reason to fight, if we really were at war and not being the aggressive part, I would probably be one of the first to wave the Swedish flag and sign up to protect my country. However, this isn’t the case here. These soldiers died far away in a conflict we have no reason to be involved in.

I also ponder on why so many support the notion of Swedish troops going to Afghanistan. Are we jealous of Americans having all the fun? Have so many idiots really bought the crap media is selling us? And why have so many, from liberals to conservatives, from social democrats to middle-of-the-road pundits in unison got behind this madness?

It seems that the only ones against are socialists (they want to start their own wars) and libertarians. Well, I know there are some others, but I’m talking about groups of people with a certain political persuasion.

And should a true conservative with the tingling fiscally sound bone really be for this conflict? Is it so nice with flag-waving people? Oh, and that national anthem playing with soldiers defending some elusive ‘honor’ while we hear the sound of huge combat-boots stamping away. Does that get that national feeling going? Or? Is this why conservatives love having Swedish soldiers far away in a conflict we have nothing to do with?

Maybe they just feel that war is fantastic? You get phallus shaped rockets and phallus shaped amo fired from phallus shaped rocket-launchers and phallus shaped airplanes. And those phallus thingies go flying through the air making big holes in the sand. When I was in the army I did see them blowing up 5 tons of old ammunition, that mushroom cloud was a sight for sour eyes I can tell you. So I sort of get it, playing with toys that go “boom” is fun shit, too bad some Muslims need to die in the process. Oh well, that can be fun that too. I mean, body parts flying, kids getting their legs cut off, women getting raped, families dying from starvation, millions of refugees. Yapp, great fun...

What are we doing in Afghanistan again?

And the Swedish Defense Mentalist is saying we should get behind the troops. Wtf!? Another American quote stolen to make us proud over dead Swedes? Of course we are behind them and their families, all of us, but that doesn’t mean that we cannot say that the Defense Mentalist is liable, an idiot and should be blamed for the dead.

We shouldn’t be there!

Get the hell out of there!

So some of my fellow countrymen have died in battle...

Two Swedish military officers and a local interpreter were killed when their unit came under fire west of Mazar-e Sharif in Afghanistan.

The two Swedish officers, a captain and a lieutenant, and the interpreter were killed in an ambush 40-50 kilometers west of the Swedish army base, in an area where Swedish and Finnish peace-keepers confiscated 70 kilograms of narcotics and a quantity of explosives earlier in the week.

This happens at the same time as Afghan border police killed seven civilians after opening fire on a group of villagers they mistook for fighters, and at the same time as US drones continue to murder civilians in Pakistan.

There are so many wrongs that have been done, are being done and will be done in the near future in the Afghanistan conflict. We could talk about oil, pipe-lines, opium trade blossoming, civilians dying, children suffering and so on.

But you know, even if a vast majority has a negative opinion, that’s still better than having people realizing that the biggest robbery in human history have been committed. Western governments have handed over trillions upon trillions to bankers and other within the enemy class - this need to be hidden away of course.

Also, since the only positive number in the American economy at the moment is military spending, it means that to cut that would decrease GDP…

Money, of course, is also a reason. The protection of valuable oil findings and pipe-lines as well as the drug trade. Arms-dealers, certain banks and some shadowy groups have earned a lot of money from this conflict, and they have no incentive to stop the killing.

The strategy can involve several things, but certainly not to win, as mentioned the US has no intention of winning. Instead one can see the encircling of Iran as a reason for staying, or any of the other above mentioned. So I would argue that the strategy is; to not have a strategy! This isn’t really a war, it’s a conflict at best, a skirmish. If this really was a war and the US really wanted to win, they would destroy any opposition in a matter of weeks.

There is only one way to fight a war. You commit your nation's resources - material and the most precious of all, human - to the complete obliteration of your enemy. You mass those resources against each objective in turn, without reservation, without holding back, without care for collateral damage or world opinion. You do so until your adversary sues for peace, not because it is the political thing to do, not for expedience, but for one and only one reason: they're tired of dying. There is no "armistice" or "cease fire" in a war. There is only victory or defeat. There is only death or life. Collateral damage, including the loss of innocent life, is a known price that will be paid, although the toll is not of concern in that regard - only the certainty that it will occur.

So if America really committed millions of troops, flew in all their support or started to throw tactical nukes around, they would eliminate every single cave, all Taliban’, all terrorists and Bin Laden would be found in bits and pieces, and they would do so in a very short amount of time. Of course tens of thousands of innocent would die and the world opinion would hate America, but they would win the war. As it stands now, 7 years and counting as many as a million plus people may have died, even more so if counting Iraq. The economic cost is staggering and there’s no end in sight.

The US and its buddies need to decide, either end it, or leave. But they don’t want to you see. For the reasons already mentioned and other motives, instead they take what can only be described as the ‘mockery approach’. They bomb some mountains, but not others, effectively only pissing people off, creating more enemies than they had to start with. And the Afghan people are used to fighting an overwhelming enemy, so there’s really no end here.

There are also the soon to be terrorist attacks that will hit one or several targets, such events will probably coincide with worsened public polls for western governments or the next economic crash, so this is yet another reason for this little conflict not to end.

And even if the US have some form of “valid” reason for being there; what the hell are the rest of the countries are doing there? Wasting tax money and showing how much they care about one village while the town next to it is destroyed maybe? Protecting a corrupt anti-women inhuman regime against another corrupt anti-women inhuman regime?


If it is so bloody important to protect female rights and support totalitarian regimes, we have enough of those problems at home. Bring the troops home so they can murder our own citizens instead, would at least be more cost-effective…

Rest in peace and let's hope you dead guys are the last ones coming home in coffins.