Insanity

They say it is easier
to start a war than to end it
And it is cheaper to replace
something broken than to fix it

But why are you fighting?
Don’t try to convince me
that you’re saving them from themselves
No matter which way you twist it
you can’t save a house
by burning the whole village

But tell me, darling,
do you take delight
when you see them explode
like a cloud of confetti?

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35 thoughts on “Insanity

  1. I can respond to the last question when you said if “you take delight when seeing them explode in a cloud of confeti” Yes. Simple as that, I wasn´t there to change two screwed up countries, wasn´t there to help people although we eventually did so just by our presence and making those nut cases that chopped peoples head off, didn´t let women go to school and if they did they risked their life´s, so in our micro cosmos, we where in charge of stabilising a certain region and we did. As we saw it that was our job and we did it, we wanted to experience war, you do train as an infantry guy day in day out to do one thing and one thing only, kill the enemy. As a matter of fact the whole military is designed for that, except that as infrantry you´re a bit closer and see the results of death. So did we take delight at seeing them dead, I wouldn´t say delight, but certainly a relief. One less out there to kill one of my guys. And in doing so, in getting rid of those nut Jobs terrorist, we eventually stabilised that North West region. So we did our job, with 3 guys that didn´t make it back out of 100 we where there, we tested ourselves in some cases yet again. Some people are born doctors, other lawyers and a certain small percentage of the population do become warriors and proud to have been so. Delight in killing a guy who´s shooting at me or my guys, no, relief at putting him down and see that my friend are still walking ….you bet.

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    1. Oh, but I wasn’t referring to the head-chopping and heart-eating genocidal monsters. I won’t mourn their tragic end. It’s for the ordinary people caught in between. Actually, this is inspired by the current conflict in Yemen. 🙂

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      1. War is tragic that´s for sure. But how can you stop a conflict in this case in Yemen, you have to stop the terrorist. And the experience that I got was that they´re are not the types to sit down and chit chat about resolving problems. Those nut cases are vicious, and the only way to stop them is getting rid off them and fight them, it can last long. But if you want peace your only option is to wage war and win it. Civilian casualties will always be part of war unfortunately.
        I could go on about the geopolitical stuff as to why now in Yemen there is such a conflict, which is in great fault of the fail policy of the current U.S administration. Whe the U.S is not involved in the world you eventually see the results. Yemen, Irak, Siria, now Iran is laughing their way to get the Atom bomb, the Russians are more than happy now to get armaments and troops into Syria, since Syria is a proxy of Iran, and Iran and Russia share a lot of economic interest, the list goes on. But is all due that they see the U.S as being weak. The U.S is certainly not perfect, but it does keep a world balance if they´re engage. Not the perfect world balance but certainly much more than what is happening right now. Look at all the refugees coming into europe, if they U.S wold have acted sooner and lead, not as the president said that they where “leading from behind” that sentence from Obama still got my head scratching, the first time I saw somebody leading from behind, still have to figure that one out as to how that is a reality and how in the world in can work. It´s just B.S, playing semantics. So the bad guys see that and the lightbulb goes on and the results are what specially here in Europe are experiencing. 4 million people seeking refugee status in a continent that economically can´t take care of them. Tragic, but for me it all comes down to the incactions as well as the limited actions from the person in charge of the most powerful nation.

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      2. I agree about the terrorist thing. But the civil war in Yemen is waged against the Houthis and the population. The Al Qaeda, if that’s still what they call themselves these days, are attacking them on one side and the Saudi and other gulf states on the other. They have a humanitarian crisis. Instead of bombing them back to oblivion, it would have been helpful to let them sort it out between themselves, without the intervention of other countries. After all, the media sold it to the world as “civil war” and civil wars are never about roses and fireworks. As to the US involvement, I think they’re very confused about where they stand. They are helping the Saudi in their campaign in Yemen and it only made the situation worse. In the case of Syria, they are maintaining the narrative of supporting the rebels, but they often turn out as terrorists. Just last week, there was a news about the rebels they trained in Turkey who defected to a terrorist organization. And I think the powers have a conflict of interest. They wanted to get rid of ISIS but doing so would empower Assad. If they get rid of Assad, there is a greater chnace of ISIS taking over and it would be another bloodbath. I can understand the difficult situation that the US find themselves in. Aside from that, there are a dozen outside factors that make the situation even more complicated. It is not as black and white as we think (or they want us to think). 🙂

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      1. Let’s hope for the better. And while we are at it, let’s do our best not to add to the problem. I still believe love will win in the end. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Richard. 🙂

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  2. Such a profound thought and so creatively articulated and present in a compact form…Insanity is doing the same way and expecting different result, if things have to change and if we have to a better place to live and then we have change the way we have been doing things. The first statement states it all, it is indeed easier to start a war but never easy to end it…and we don’t an answer why do we fight and who ultimately benefits, the answer is none.
    Thanks so much for sharing one more beautiful thought.
    😀

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    1. Einstein’s definition of madness. We never learn fron history. The ordinary people do not benefit, but the powerful ones are thriving and capitalizing in the misery. Thank you, Nihar. It is always refreshing to hear your thoughts. 🙂

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      1. Yes, Einstein’s definition. Such an irony that Pareto principle keeps haunting us, just 20% of the people possess the 80% of wealth and the problem in the world is not about the availability of wealth, it is about the equitable distribution, and it is highly skewed and we don’t have means to make it well spread.
        Always my pleasure Mitch to discuss with you on such profound topics…
        😀

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      2. Sonetimes I see equality as a utopia, only possible in fiction. It is strange that we have this vast world but we can’t seem to live alongside each other harmoniously. And if some will pursue an egalitarian society, they will be branded as communist. The latter is such a bad word that you will risk being compared to Stalin or Mao. I think majority of the world’s problem rooted from poverty. And the conflicts have economic factors. If only we can solve inequality with a flick of a hand. Same here, Nihar. Your thoughts are always welcome. 🙂

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      3. I fully agree equality as a utopia, and very true it can only happen in fiction. The rule of society, few rule rule the rest, and poverty is engineered and poor are kept poor so others can benefit from they being in that state. Yes, you get immediately branded as communist and get compared to the extreme philosophy. There is little scope for the common man to make a mark in bring change in the society, there are only few and far between to make a big difference.
        Love the discussion…
        😀

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      4. Apologies for the late response, Nihar. 🙂

        That is exactly the problem. The few rule the majority, no matter what kind of government we have. And you are right about the poor being engineered, o maybe neglected. It is necessary in order to control them. How can one think of starting a revolution to push for change when he needs to scrape a living and worry about the roof on his head, getting three meals a day and simply get by day to day? And yes, bringing change to society is few and far between. The universe gave us Gandhi, Mandela and others only once in a lifetime.

        I’m loving this discussion too. 🙂

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      5. No problem at all Mitch. I understand. Yes, it is a mystery why during certain period only we have those great personalities like Gandhi and Mandela to lift the society to where it is today and after them there have been none to make the changes and bring the difference in the world order for a better world that of equity and equanimity.
        I agree there is need for revolution, how it can changes things fundamentally and make the foundation strong, perhaps the digital technology is some way trying to bring that change by bridging the digital divide…
        Hope you have a great weekend.
        😀

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  3. Hi Mitch ,no one wins at war ,a tragedy history keeps repeating.When My daughter was growing up l used to tell her and her brother .”its easy to be bad and start a war ,but its very hard to be good and promote peace. Take care.Jalal

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    1. Indeed, Jalal. It’s a cycle. It will never stop unless everybody lay down their arms and not restore to revenge and violence. Middle East is particularly in a sad state.

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      1. I lived,worked and visited most Middle- East countries unless the change their mentality and erase hate out of their minds and heart ,unless they they accept reality that all people are created equal there won’t be peace in that region ever.

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  4. Like your work – thought-provoking. Great to see the discussion from Nihar. John Lennon-esque. Neville Chamberlain-esque. Two very different characters in history with a similar ‘vision.’
    If you get the chance, get your hands on George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm.’ It will answer a lot of your questions about equality.
    Will come back and visit again soon.
    Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, Owen. Nihar always has the most profound thoughts. Oh, yes. I’ve read Animal Farm and 1984. It’s incredible that many decades after and the collapse of Soviet Union, Orwell’s work still rings true. Some are indeed more equal than others.

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