posted on Aug, 24 2013 @ 01:24 AM
All of these discussions invariably lead to a partisan debate where everyone picks the side they view as most innocent and decries the other.
It's sort of the same dynamic that happens when people develop romanticism about the past. "If our forefathers could see us now, they'd be
appalled." Probably true, by the standards of their day. But by those standards, they themselves likewise committed atrocities, lied, deceived,
double dealt, oppressed and conspired, in pursuit of their own agendas.
Stealth, deception, torture, poisoning, and other "tradecraft" have been utilized since time immemorial by those in power. That they somehow stopped
being employed at any point because either we in our early stages or our present day adversaries out of the benevolence of their own fight for
"freedom" were ever so virtuous that they simply refused to use them is laughable in my appraisal. Power wields that which is at its disposal, or it
loses power, which it finds unacceptable.
I used to believe our country was once honest and just, a paragon of liberty, and that it has since been corrupted. But I now believe that human
beings in power over others have always been capable of the things we see today and then some, and that the narrative changes very little over time.
All we ever were was - and even this is arguable - the best ATTEMPT at being something more than that. And the byproduct of that, sure, has been an
improved quality of life and greater DEGREE of freedom. But true freedom, coupled with true virtue, honesty, integrity, and humanity? I don't see it.
I haven't seen it in any nation or movement in history, save for one or two that never even got off the ground by nature.
Likewise, I once, when I was younger, believed that in every conflict there was an antagonist and a protagonist. After all, that's the narrative
we're taught from birth on. In every popular story we're ever told or shown or indoctrinated with, there's a hero and villain. Yet somehow as we
grow up and learn that this is not always the case, we still fail to make that realization about our world leaders, politicians, and governments.
Thus I choose not to take sides or have an agenda. My "agenda," if it can be called that, is peace, as trite and corny and naïve as that no doubt
sounds. America conspires and lies and exercises hegemony. Yes. So does Assad within his own sphere. So do the rebels. So shall they if victorious. So
does every nation, government, leader, tyrant, despot, and example of the latter which cloaks itself in civility the world over. Such is the nature of
power, it would seem. The only differences are in degrees and blatant-ness. There are no "good guys" in the halls of global power in my opinion.
Only the lesser of many savage and sanguine evils.
Forgive my cynicism, and please don't mistake it for a lack of care or compassion. I want people to stop dying and suffering. I want children's
lives to stop being cut short every day the world over in its myriad conflicts. But I no longer have any hope that the cessation of those things can
come from any state sponsored or sanctioned effort. Even if it is arguably the "lesser" of the aforementioned evils (and whether it even is will of
course differ depending upon your vantage point.)
I will not pick a side. I reject all of them, short of humanity as a whole, for whom despite its aforementioned failures and actions, I hold love and
Again, forgive my cynicism. Reality left me no choice but to embrace it, try as I might to resist. As always, I advocate and hope only for peace. But
that doesn't negate the above feeling/opinion. To each their own view.