AS LONG AS SOMEONE HAS MENTIONED (IN CALIFORNIA) “LEARN TO SMOKE A
LITTLE DOPE”, … (look at these characters).
With the winding down of the wars as formerly prosecuted in the Middle East (principally in Afghanistan and Iraq), presumably as well the so – called “war on drugs” is being relaxed for the time being and thus a principal conflict as carried on by the U.S. Military and somewhat by coalition partners for more than thirteen years so far, and to every pessimist and naysayer, seems to have been without the kind of social and economic utility that one expects from traditional “boots on the ground” - type warfare since even the time of Clausewicz. It is important to note the current military and paramilitary conflicts in Northern Iraq and Syria, again involving tribal warfare and that of warlords, probably will not taper off for a while, whether or not the US continues or avows the causes of people like the Kurds and so forth. Since some time ago, and even before the Iran / Iraq war of some time ago, the Kurds were fighting the occupiers of their territories, presumably Kurdistan, and those occupiers were the same groups now involved in the strife in that area again. The Kurds are a minority in a Northern Middle East territory that were a bother and therefore marked for extinction by neighbors, of which the Iraqi Hussein regime during the late 1970's and early to mid – 1980's. No one wants to remember the essentially peaceful Kurds having to take up arms to defend their homes against invaders and / or flee their homeland by way of any means possible, including by the airlines to parts unknown where they assimilated and disappeared into crowded populaces, as did the culture of Kurdistan they carried with them, and most of home was forgotten by those refugees who actually managed to escape the forces invading at home. The attitude of the invaders and the Syrians, etc., opposing the Kurds and rebels in those areas to – day is they are good for nothing and need make way for the “postmodern” and hegelian (even those who read Engels) everyman from the delineated areas and their corresponding military forces, many of whom worship the former soviet military model and some of its views and practices still pervasive in Russian Federation society at this time still. This includes perhaps an unofficial phalanx of ruling society featuring “urbane” types, a political party structure that imitates immovable royalty and some other things Lenin and Leon Trotsky would be proud of today.
October is a terrific month for conflict, of which the resolution of the sudden chaos and abandon of the Russian Revolution (1917), and that of the very long Chinese Communist Revolution that ended in 1949. It is also the month of the famous Yom Kippur War, the Battle of Trafalgar, the beginning of the Long March of the Chinese Revolution, that of the Battle of Passchendaele, the First Battle of Ypres, and ironically that of the Treaty of Westphalia that ended the Thirty Years War in 1648. The list goes on of notable things without there being a laundry list of disaster after disaster. That the Middle East wars are winding down, as are the legacy of 2000 – 2008 statecraft and the democratic Cold War legacy as former communist states withdraw into themselves as led into it by the Russian leadership, and the tampering as well with the war on drugs are anything but peaceful portents: People just continue to get more and more wound at the prospect of facing opposing leadership as they get older given the Cold War and other conflicts showed the deficiencies of the forgetfulness and continuous renewal of things as represented by the international left, including an elitist permissiveness for things like trafficking of various sorts. That the left today even in the US is preoccupied with curing social ills and socioeconomic inequities, it is perhaps a paradox the left started these sorts of things in their modern form and in concentrating on these issues with public and solicitous private campaigns, it glorifies and highlights these sorts of things that are at best perfidious, lousy intrigue and extremely hazardous, and destructive at their most benign. Comments invited.