July 16th, 2006

Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

Pick it up, and pass it on.

I wish for peace

Sometimes I think that despite all apparent evidence to the contrary the human race has NEVER learned to think with anything other than its reptilian brain.

We've all seen them, those images of war. World War One, and young men scythed like corn in pointless battles directed by idiot generals, coughing up green foam from lungs ruined by poison gas - Dulce et decorum est.... World War Two, and the final solution of the mushroom cloud to make a point. Dozens, hundreds even, of other smaller wars - that little girl running down that iconic napalmed road in VietNam, lost limbs, lost eyes, dispossessed hollow-eyed women carrying babies too far beyond redemption to even stir and cry, refugees carrying their lives in a single fraying garbage bag, anti-aircraft fire lacing the night sky like some demonic fireworks display, falling bombs, bright blooms of fire, destroyed hospitals, schools, bridges, lives, ideals.

Once a small part of humanity sang "All we are saying, is give peace a chance".

These days even THAT seems stilled.

All you can see is fire and blowing ashes.

All you can hear is the rattle of gunfire and the distant thunder of explosions.

All you can smell is blood and fear.

All you can taste is defeat.

Amd all you can feel is rage.

It doesn't matter any more who began the killing. It matters very much if anyone is still remotely capable of stopping it.

I wish for peace.
Jin Shei Cover from sgreer

And apropos the previous post...

matociquala (who was actually responsible for the previous post, as well, seeing as it's from her blog that I picked up that particular ball and ran with it) also posted something about what's on her refrigerator - and came up with something called Moscow Rules (scroll down the page a bit for the green sidebar which explains things.

Here is an abbreviated list of the declassified "Moscow Rules":

* Assume nothing.
* Murphy is right.
* Never go against your gut; it is your operational antenna.
* Don't look back - you are never completely alone.
* Any operation can be aborted. If it feels wrong, it is wrong.
* Maintain a natural pace.
* Lull them into a sense of complacency.
* Build in opportunity, but use it sparingly.
* Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.*
* Don't harass the opposition.
* There is no limit to a human being's ability to rationalize the truth.
* Technology will always let you down.
* Once is an accident. Twice is coincidence. Three times is an enemy action.

(*An aside - Muhammad Ali was a Soviet spy...?!)

They just seemed like something it was worth reposting. That third one from the bottom is probably why my wish in the previous post is just... well... wishful thinking.