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am 14.9.2002 10:56 Uhr schrieb frank kretschmer unter
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Kate:

"Yes, I am against war! I want my wife to be veiled and suppressed, fuck you
America! Hail the tyrant! Where can I sent my donation for terror pilots?"

Is this, what you believe? Do you believe, the decision of anyone who is
against war is taken lightly? Irony or no, I do see the point of your mail.

If anyone convinced me that a war on Iraq, which will, by the way, kill
these "women in veil chains and their children in ignorant obedience", as
well as those who keep the there, can achieve anything, I would agree that
it might be necessary - although I still would consider it a great evil. But
I don't think it will achieve anything. What will happen after you have won
this war, I may kindly ask. Just ask. We see what happed in Afghanistan :One
city which is relatively free, the rest of the country still totally out of
control. And the war on Saddam will be much more difficult the situation
being much more complex.

Your comparison to the liberation of Paris is utterly misleading: The people
there wanted to be liberated. They could be trusted to install a democratic
& fair Government after they had been liberated. They did not eventually
hate their liberators.

And even on ironic terms: I don't see the joke in saying we should refrain
from doing America "any great favor". Sending soldiers into death just
because of a favor. What a ridiculous idea.

The lady in the harbor glistens alright. And yes, your country is more free
than Saddam's. And so is mine. This is no big deal. And still the lady
should be a reminder for both our countries that we could do a lot better in
dealing with people criticizing our way of life; not by throwing bombs at us
but by the using those peaceful means that the idea of liberty makes
possible. (No, I have not forgotten the way the American Government treated
socialist during the time of the first World war, virtually mocking every
principle that America was claming to be fighting for. Has this attitude
improved?).

I do not want to be generalizing here. This is not a matter of living in
Europe or America. This is my personal Opinion versus Kate's. Being apposed
to war or being in favor of it is a personal decision based on moral values
or convictions. There is no other way.

In the 70th , Paul Fussel stated that "Every war constitutes an irony of
situation because its means are so melodramatically disproportionate to its
resumed ends." As long as you cant convince me otherwise, stop talking of
"lack of oil reserves" or "lack of character reserves."

As I said before, maye I am simply missing the irony or the point of Kate's
mail. If this is so, just for me, being the stupid European that I am (soory
to all my intelligent fellow Europeans ;-) ), could it be made more clear?

Frank




Lieber Frank,

for crying out loud: save your fury for a better purpose and ignore her
stupid diatribe, ok?

Keep in mind  the Compound Ghost's second gift of age:

"...the conscious impotence of rage at human folly, and the laceration of
laughter at what ceases to amuse."


Cheers,


Gunnar

(Another old European peacenik)