Date sent: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 13:37:33 -0500
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Subject: Re: OT: Ridiculous drivel (was, Eliot World)
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I did not mean to suggest, and do not believe, that this war is "fascist".
But neither goose-stepping nor jackboots were invented by the Nazi's.
Gen. Steuben tried to teach the American colonists to goosestep during
Revolution, but they refused.
I meant to associate goosestepping not with political fascism -- which I
admit is a common association that might reasonably be inferred from my
post -- but rather with a sense of conviction so extreme that it results
in the surrender of self-awareness, leading to argument that make the
converted feel good, but look ridiculous to those yet unconvinced. Rather
like goosestepping itself.
One can support this war on the simple ground that Saddam has violated
treaty obligations, without rhapsodizing that the rest of the world is
admiring our technology, our courage, our character, etc. as in the
ridiculous post I responded to. I rather suspect that the world's
reaction is quite different and, wherever one stands on the war, the post
seemed to me arrogant and delusional.
In short, supporting the war does not require the surrender of
self-awareness or resort to drivel. This post just happened to manifest
both in the course of doing so.