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Thoughts on Paris, France

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On a fall Saturday afternoon, my thoughts and attentions were focused on college football. My OSU Buckeyes were marching toward another undefeated season. In addition, it was separation Saturday in the Big 12, as their conference juggernauts continued to beat up on each other, looking to get into the playoffs through attrition. It was yet another big day in a season chocked full of big days in the NCAA. Then, after a few games, the reality of the day struck me like a huge, wet fish slap to the cheek: Paris was under attack from terrorist. Over a hundred people were already dead, and France was under martial law. It felt as if I was watching another terrorist cell movie based on a Tom Clancy novel. It was horrific.

Of course, reaction and retaliation was swift: France started bombing sites in Syria. Borders in many countries were closed. Mosques were shut down, pending investigations into their attendees. Security was beefed up for major events around the world. Paranoia has once again become prevalent, if indeed it has ever faded since 9/11. When and where does this end?

The basest and most animal parts of my brain screams “attack and protect”, as it does in the collective war hawk, lizard brain mentality. However, as history has shown, retaliation begets retaliation. Violence only spurs on more violence. How many people have to die before we actually figure that out? We need common sense solutions, not more dead innocents.

I’m not saying that everything getting done is wrong: Beefing up security at public events? Yes. Better security checks on refugees? Sure. Finding the rest of this terrorist cell, and bringing them to justice? Absolutely. However, bombing an already war torn country? Not a solution. Closing your borders? Borders were closed to Jewish refugees during WWII, and millions died. Closing Mosques? Not the answer.

I don’t know what the answer is: Unfortunately, I’m not that smart. Even if I did have the answer, no-one would listen to a part time pacifist blogger from East Jesus, Ky. I do know that killing more people, blowing up more shit, and restricting the practice of any religion is not the answer. Ask the families and friends of those killed on Saturday in France. Ask the families and friends of those who were bombed out of existence in civil war decimated Syria on Sunday.

I feel horrible this happened. I feel horrible for what is going to happen still. This isn’t over, not by a long shot. I don’t think that anyone in power wants it to be over. There is too much power and money to be had peddling fear and paranoia. You can take that much to the bank, if security will let you through.

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  1. Sedate Me
    December 6, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    “When and where does this end?”

    With FEMA camps full of people who need to be “re-educated”, I think.

    This is all just one giant 1984 re-enactment.

    Permanent War. Enemies hiding everywhere, just waiting to “kill us all”. So to counter this, we give up all our rights. Everything we do/say/think is recorded & stored forever “for our own protection”. Yet somehow, we’re no safer than before. Somehow, the most powerful force in the history of the world can’t stop a few thousand guys riding around the desert in pickup trucks…and the delusional, suicidal, idiots they inspire.

    Out of an irrational fear of something with only handful of examples to back it up, we’ve completely surrendered our lives to The Powers That Be…who have clearly proven they really couldn’t give less of a fuck about our well being. And with every attack, we want to surrender even more.

    Oh, I think this comment just bumped me up on the Watch List rankings.

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    • December 8, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      “Somehow, the most powerful force in the history of the world can’t stop a few thousand guys riding around the desert in pickup trucks…and the delusional, suicidal, idiots they inspire.”

      You can’t stop something that you make billions off, am I right? Those idiots are keeping our military complex humming like a well oiled machine. Yeesh.

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      • Sedate Me
        December 13, 2015 at 4:57 pm

        As Ed McMahon always said to Johnny Carson, “You are correct, sir!”

        The sheer amount of money wasted on the Military-Industrial-Spy-Complex…even just the Complex’s newest member, “Spy”….is staggering. One year’s spy budget alone is bigger than the entire Complex could possibly request with a straight face….for an entire decade!
        (Did you catch that Mr NSA agent reading this?)

        But has it achieved ANYTHING other than producing jobs and profits for those engaged in it? For all the good it’s done, the money spent would be just as “effective” if you paid people to sit & watch ice cubes melt.

        I mean, the folks on the laughable large FBI Watch List of 300,000+ suspected terrorists “too dangerous to fly” (etc)….well they can all legally purchase assault weapons…No sweat!!! And thousands have…Oddly, most of us are still alive. So maybe those 300,000 terrorists aren’t as eager to kill us all as we think.

        http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/11/17/terror-watch-list-guns/

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