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Thread #69413   Message #1177428
Posted By: Amos
03-May-04 - 11:46 PM
Thread Name: BS: Militarism & the US culture of violence
Subject: RE: BS: Militarism & the US culture of violence

A very coherent description; I also enjoy Tom's descriptions as they stand in your quotes. The myth of being the hero does not work well when it is built on premeditated violence, much in the way that the self-defence plea will not stand when premeditation is present. But the myth can be so attractive thaty people will overlook that little difference while they are plastering their vehicles with decals. The logical structure is something on this wise:

1. We were brutally attacked by terrorists; this was Evil and brutal.
2. We attacked Iraq because Saddam was associated with terrorist plots or weapons or some thing.
3. The Iraqis bomb our Humvees even though we overthrew the government fair and square; therefore they are terrorizing us.
4. Therefore our war in Iraq is now a war against Evil, and we are of the Good.

Of course this syllogism is about as rational as a TV advertsiement. But never mind, let's watch some TV...