I spent some time today talking with a coworker about some results from an instrument he had built. As time passed the conversation drifted to Iraq. Turns out he was an Olbermann fan because Olbermann advocated immediate withdrawal from Iraq. What, you say, another Lefty? Well, this guy had spent 1 1/2 years in Libya as a boy -- oil, I presume, I didn't ask -- and simply despised arab culture in all its tribal glory. He wanted nothing to do with it. As he put it, tribal family values went as follows:
Husband -- da Capo
Boy children -- family fighters
Girl children -- tools for building alliances
Donkey -- useful draft animal
Wife -- free labor and womb.
Hmmm. So I suggested that maybe we should simply set up shop and sell weapons cheaply to everyone. That way we could make a profit and the customers would do the dirty work of wiping each other out. He thought that might be a workable solution. No nation building or democracy spreading for him, in his opinion it was a waste of time and money.
Anyway, just posting to point out that there can be shades of nuance in the anti-war position. And sometimes I think we do forget that many Arabs are not the Fahdil brothers, many are ignorant farmers, herders, and villagers in a world rife with superstition, corruption, and aspiring Capos. How far we want to push the attempt to change the traditional culture is a legitimate question.
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