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Soldier Ghosts

In a dark comedy TV program, Dead Like Me, reapers (ghosts) are given slips of paper containing the names and addresses of people they have to kill that day. The victims are not particularly old or evil. The ghosts unquestioningly carry out the executions simply because they have been told that is what ghosts do. This reminds me of the way soldiers happily kill soldiers from a country that did not attack them first, or slaughter civilians and children without any need for a reason why this might be necessary.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)

Partisan Blamelessness

One of the strangest things about human psychology is that in any war both sides consider themselves perfectly blameless and the other side wickedness incarnate. It does not matter how badly they behave. Consider the Nazis feeling so smug when they were exterminating Jews. Consider the Americans so smug when they were routinely torturing detainees in Afghanistan and Iraq, laughing at the Geneva conventions, using banned weapons such as land mines, cluster bombs, napalm, DU (Depleted Uranium), white phosphorus and illegally attacking without provocation.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)

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