Coarsening of the Culture

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Coarsening of the Culture

Postby Tom Palven » Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:17 am

Conservatives often decry a "coarsening" of US culture as evidenced by legal abortions, four-letter words being permitted on radio and TV, and so on.

But what could be more evidence of true coarsening than turning a blind eye to the murder of innocent civilians for no well-defined reason that conservatives, especially neoconservatives, seem perfectly willing to do?

Yesterday's Associated Press story on the Mid-East touted how well the bombing was going without even mentioning an event that would enrage Americans if anything like it occurred here, being a top news story for weeks, and never forgotten in seeking revenge on the perpetrators.

http://news.antiwar.com/2016/02/16/us-a ... civilians/
If one can be taught to believe absurdities, one can commit atrocities. --Voltaire

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Re: Coarsening of the Culture

Postby bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:45 am

This is a duplicate posting shown below in Belief, Nonbelief, and Philosophy except that the link here works.

admin should delete as a dupe?==Or TP as well. I agree to it.
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Re: Coarsening of the Culture

Postby Tom Palven » Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:54 am

Well-spotted bobbo. Another excellent relevant comment.
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Re: Coarsening of the Culture

Postby Frank Hoffman » Sun Feb 21, 2016 12:46 am

Unlike in the Rwandan genocide, when both sides specifically killed children in order to deprive the other of future demographic advantage, our rules of engagement attempt to minimize non-combatant casualties. Targeting decisions are carefully considered; it takes more than a line of people to present a situation which rises to the level allowing authorization to engage. Some of the personnel must have had weapons (yes, I know, every male there has a weapon) or there were weaponized vehicles nearby. Perhaps if ISIS considers itself a civilized country, truly cares about its citizens and wants to minimize civilian deaths at bakeries and schools, their fighters need to start putting on uniforms and marking their vehicles. But, of course, it's not that kind of war.

And as far as the coarsening of (our) culture, unlike ISIS, we don't have mass beheadings or lock captured pilots in cages, burn them alive, and post it online.

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Re: Coarsening of the Culture

Postby Tom Palven » Sun Feb 21, 2016 6:27 am

Frank Hoffman wrote:
And as far as the coarsening of (our) culture, unlike ISIS, we don't have mass beheadings or lock captured pilots in cages, burn them alive, and post it online.


The US Military-Industrial-Congressional kleptocrats are not as pure as the wind-driven snow:
http://search.aol.com/aol/image?q=abu+g ... -searchbox
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