Posts Tagged ‘terrorism’
After the war, the British wanted the Nazis shot, the Americans wanted them tried, and the Soviets wanted them tried and found guilty. Acodicalism, monocodicalism, duocodicalism; the series flows so smoothly that one must suspect a natural progression, a trip down the stream, cut brutally short by the leering face of an inevitable Buffalo Bill, or perhaps a circle, a Gumb-headed ouroboros eternally eating and excreting itself.
Why a circle? Why even the progression? Duocodicalism, of course, cannot arise without monocodicalism; without a lock, there is no need for a lockpick. And where there’s law, there’s lawyers—not to mention ideologues willing to take any means to their favored end—so one cannot expect a particular instance of monocodicalism to last forever.
The progression from duocodicalism to acodicalism I will admit to much more skepticism about, but duocodicalism appears to be a relatively recent development, so sufficient evidence may not yet exist. There is, however, one thing I do know for sure: when we caught our modern-day Hitler, we out-Britished the British and told ourselves that “justice had been done”.
Excessive militarism was involved in the collapse of two empires before us. Considering this fact and our own circumstances, what makes us think we can survive?
Nazi Germany fell due to Hitler’s megalomaniacal insistence on running more concurrent military operations than could reasonably be sustained. Soviet Russia spent its last years in a drawn-out war against the US-backed mujahideen (a term derived from the same root as “jihad”), where Osama bin Laden got his start as an Islamist warrior fighting communist antitheism.
As a result of the 9/11 attacks and the resulting paranoia, we are now in… how many wars? Who knows? Where does this leave us?
Make people panic and they’ll start behaving irrationally. Make people behave irrationally and they’ll end up destroying themselves. What can be called rational about a game plan that appears to consist entirely of convincing those who dislike our extensive military operations to change their opinion of us through even more extensive military operations?
But who would want to live in an empire anyway? Empires, by their very nature, are very reliant on entities outside themselves. I can’t imagine Finland spending time and effort propping up tinpot dictators all over the globe to keep the oil and cheap labor available.