FrankChurch wrote:I was mulling this around and think I caught both Barber and Mark in a contradiction. Barber talks about how I should also mention Hamas, even though they do far less violence, but he also says I should also mention Russia, even though they did less violence too. But then, they talk about how Cambodia did more violence than us, so I should mention that fact. Which is it guys--who does more or who does less violence? In history and in politics it is always the most powerful country that does the most violence and dissident opinion is always with the state or land they live in.
Except except except---- damn, Frank, heuristics are fine but there are always exceptions and outliers. "The Most Powerful Country...yada yada yada..."
And yet you won't credit that same country with any good whatsoever.
There's no contradiction. I responded to an assertion you made based on a soundbite you read that flatly isn't true. In response you call my courage into question because I won't say the same thing to Chomsky. What kinda cracked bullshit is that? "My mentor's bigger than your mentor, blah blah." This is tiresome and right now I don't have the energy to deal with tiresome.
Barber is holding you to a point of accuracy. Hamas launches missiles into Israel all the time. ALL THE TIME. But you don't hold them accountable for a hangnail.
The United States, by sheer numbers, has done less violence than any other major power in history, but that doesn't mean anything 'cause we're the big bad superpower and we're evil.
I apologize for getting personal, but I'm really tired. You argue like a freshman polisci student. In high school. I'm done.
Barber, again, my apologies. I have a ton of fiction to write and no real brain space for this. It's been fun, but I'm outta here for a while. Sorry.