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November 12th, 2006

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Ferdy's webmaster, Peg-Eye Nate, reflects on fish and bigger fish.

Damon and Jan finish their date in Day by Day.
 
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From:dafne99
Date:November 12th, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC)
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It makes me think of children in abusive situations. They have these learned behaviors from their abusers even after the abuse has ended. You can't just take away Saddam and expect Iraq to be all peaches and roses, there has to be a period of re-socialization. And any victim of abuse will tell you that the cycle may take years to finally die out.
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From:john_holton
Date:November 13th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
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Exactly the point. It's not as though the world hasn't seen this before. Look at most of colonial Africa, the old Iron Curtain nations (particularly Yugoslavia), the republics that are no longer part of the Soviet Union, even South America. Old rivalries don't die; they get put on the back burner while a more oppressive dictator is running the show. Once he's gone, all that pent-up crap that was there before comes back, even worse than before. Look at Germany and the resurgence of the skinheads after the Berlin Wall fell.

It amazes me that the left chides everyone who isn't in lockstep with them about not having learned the lessons of history, and yet they forget so easily what happens when a particularly nasty regime (such as Saddam's in Iraq) falls and the people are left to their own devices. Perhaps that's why the left is so afraid to let things change, because it threatens to expose just how futile their hope for peace under those conditions can be. "Peace at any cost" can be very costly when the price is having to make nice with dictators like Saddam.
From:dafne99
Date:November 13th, 2006 03:09 am (UTC)
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Well, we do live in a microwave, fast food world. We get pissy when things don't happen the way we want them when we want them. And liberals are the worst. Conservatives have a better remembrance of the past and can more easily acknowledge that sometimes it takes more than the snap of your fingers for the world to change.
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From:john_holton
Date:November 13th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
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The Left is generally noted for the inability to see beyond the short term. Everyone else knows that change is (a) inevitable, (b) painful and (c) occasionally takes a long time. Nearly everything that the Left has proposed in the last 70 years or so has been in a futile attempt to avoid these three realities. And, the results of following the Left's agenda are generally that change becomes even more painful. One might argue that the real conservatives are the Left, who react negatively to anything that doesn't fit their world view--or doesn't have an immediate political benefit. Democrats have always been like this; Republicans started getting this way in about 1996.

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There's a place for people who laugh at nothing...