"Your time is limited so don't waste it living someone else's life.
Don't be trapped by Dogma which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your inner voice.
And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become."
- Steve Jobs

Friday, March 31, 2006

Never discuss politics with Americans

Well, the friend (probably now an ex-friend) who I was having political arguments with has referred to me as "an emotional idiot" and will now probably never write back. Just cos I disagreed with his views on Bush, America and the world today.

He started the discussions off, he asked for my opinions, he said that people he worked with "Just talked about sport" and he wanted a bit more of an interesting debate. So I gave him my views, he disagreed with them, I disagreed with him, and he chucked his toys out of the pram and is now hurling insults at me.

This is the second American who has stopped speaking to me just cos I don't agree that Bush is a Saint and Saviour. Jesus they are so fucking patriotic! Chill man, you wanted a discussion so accept it when other people don't agree with you - let it go, life's too short! If we all had the same opinions life would be very boring!!!

I guess I'll never bother talking politics with one again
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30 March
Who's right?
I am e-mail arguing with a friend at the moment about Bush and America's PNAC. I pretty much say that the PNAC is a scary document that to me, outlines America's plans for World Domination. I was also arguing the case for the non-appearance of WMD and the fact that Bush/Blair went to war without a second UN resolution.

Here is his reply, as you can see he's pretty pissed....

Hello Rache;

Neither the President nor the Prime Minister "ignored" the UN nor were they advocating a nuclear weapons strike against Iraq. In fact both spent way too much time trying to convince Russia, France and China {permanent members of the Security Council} to give their vote for direct military force in order to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. This was a waste of precious time since all three had already stated publicly that they would never vote for military force against Sadddam regardless of what the evidence showed.

Your contention that "blatant evidence showed that there were no nuclear weapons" is not accurate. Presidents and Prime Ministers do not go out spying for themselves, they rely on others to do that for them. They must make decisions based on the best information at hand. I believe they did. Given Saddams track record, the technological ability of scientists to make smaller and smaller WMD devices and the potential loss of innocent life if on is set off in NY or London they had no other choice.

While many were fooled by Saddams manipulations of "not quite in compliance but not in total defiance" strategy, thank God Bush and Blair saw through it and realized the danger. What would you prefer: a Prime Minister who assumes the worse and acts accordingly or a Prime Minister who runs to the UN and hopes for the best? {give me a Churchill over a Neville Chamberlin any day}

Sending in special forces to take out the leaders of Iran is doable in spy novels but I fear it is a little different in the real world. Iran learned from the Israeli air attack on Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981 to disperse its work shops, components, technicians etc. Plus, Iran is ready for such an attack and has far more sophisticated radar and anti aircraft systems. Plus Iran is a huge country.

Your special interest groups sound rather interesting but you are missing my point.

I'm sure you have internet access, a cell phone, personal savings accounts, travel, life insurance, own a car, etc etc. The list is endless. Well, you are a member of a special interests groups whether you care to admit it or not. Also, I don't know how it is at your job but if Premier Dental doesn't make a profit I don't get paid. Thank God for profits and thank God for General Motors, General Dynamics, Microsoft, Ford, etc. If it weren't for big business and wealthy people who exactly would we be paying our salaries?

America wants to rule the world?!! You're joking, right? This would be insulting if it were not so absurd. Honey, if the US really wanted to take over the world it could have done it a long time ago. 1946 would have been a real good time for it. In fact there isn't much out there now that could stop us if we really wanted to capture the world. Get real. OK? You sound like Ken Livingston or Kim Jung Il.

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