Thursday, November 10, 2005

war and torture and diamonds

"First, I think it should be a stated goal of United States policy to not melt the skin off of children. As a natural corollary to this goal, I think the United States should avoid dropping munitions on civilian neighborhoods which, as a side effect, melt the skin off of children. You can call them "chemical weapons" if you must, or far more preferably by the more proper name of "incendiaries". The munitions may or may not precisely melt the skin off of children by setting them on fire; they do melt the skin off of children, however, through robust oxidation of said skin on said children, which is indeed colloquially known as "burning"."

from a dailykos linked diary.

sorta brings into play bush's whole not just going with what is legal, but what is right. which coming from him you should take with a grain of salt. or the entire ocean.

yeah, there's a whole lot of pain in the world and some mornings you just can't forget about it. sometimes it even get shoved in your face by people wishing their broken back problems could be transferred to your cat. or you read an article about human beings getting burned to death by a substance the US military has no problem admitting it uses. and you read other stuff and some of it is true and some is half true and most are lies. because people want to lie to you about all sorts of stuff. about war and torture and diamonds and where your clothes come from and how we live in a meritocracy and how pretty soon all the forests will be chopped down and we won't be able to breathe, but that's okay because today we're free. and we should enjoy our diamonds and clothes and fancy mcmansions and suvs.

and we forget about the earth, about the trees, about the butterflies and the people and our children and our grandparents and what comes next. and we drive across the country and fly across the ocean and bury ourselves in pills and sex and power and othering. we other ourselves so we can forget.

but some mornings you just can't forget.


At 10:03 AM GMT-5, Blogger dlamming said...


I don't really want Chaucer to have my pain, you know... I was more just wishing that I didn't have it.

At 10:50 AM GMT-5, Blogger gtfhwzk said...

I don't know how people can buy diamonds or SUVs. And yet I know very smart, kind people who do just that.

At 11:19 AM GMT-5, Blogger catswym said...

and you cant pin it down to diamonds or suvs. i try not to be that judgemental.

every day of my life, nearly every avenue of my existence rests on having and using and doing things which entail a big F-you to the earth and most of the world.

At 11:26 AM GMT-5, Blogger gtfhwzk said...

True, true. We need giant a reset button for our society.


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