Tuesday January 15th 2019

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Frank Reflections-March 2015

By Frank Erickson

“Prove to me that sarcasm and ridicule are unjustifiable if they break the crust of prejudice, roused a conscience or shammed a sinner! Our aim is to alter public opinion.” …Wendell Phillips

I wonder how often Wendell Phillips used sarcasm and ridicule to change the behaviors of loved ones or co-workers, and if he did use it, how well it worked.

They have a “fighting season” in Afganistan that goes from spring to fall. Every year for the past fifteen years both “sides” have taken a break from the fighting for five months during the harsh winter months. For as long as the “war” has been going on, that’s a total of 75 months, just over six years. If a 15 year “war” can have six years of no “warring”—is that not evidence that they can stop fighting?

I’m not quite sure what is more disturbing, a man being burned alive in a cage, or millions of people flocking to theaters to be entertained by a “sniper” who is justified in gunning down 140 Iraqis from nothing more than being of “military age.” Chris Kyle creates his enemy by shooting at his enemy, What more does Clint Eastwood have to work with?

Iraqis must be confused- “They tell us the war was wrong, but then they love to be entertained by movies of Iraqis getting slaughtered. What are we are believe?”

We are told to see “American Sniper,” it shows how “horrible war is” – is that what that war was “a war,” and not an attack upon a defenseless country, is it “war” that is bad and not those that “start” them? And for those who believe Kyle was justified because it was a “war” – do you believe you can get “war” from nothing more than not doing “war crimes?”

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