Comment by Unseen on September 8, 2013 at 8:45pm

@Tom Sarbeck

Arcus, war does make strange bedfellows, and Unseen who can dispute with everyone will sleep alone.

As long as I have my cat, I don't sleep alone.

Comment by Unseen on September 8, 2013 at 8:47pm

@Gregg R Thomas

If I recall correctly chemical weapons were used in the Iran/Iraq war...did the USA bomb either country?

If not then why is the US president entertaining the idea now?

Ever heard "That was then, this is now"?

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on September 9, 2013 at 1:19am

Unseen: "If you don't like the way we do things here in the U.S., why don't you leave the country?"

Those words are intended to intimidate and silence. Did they succeed?

I heard them a few times. The first time I was too surprised to reply appropriately--with a middle finger.

After the first time I knew they arose from desperation and mainly ignored them. I told one guy I have the same right to be here that he does. He didn't reply.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on September 9, 2013 at 1:22am

@Unseen: As long as I have my cat, I don't sleep alone.

Touche.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on September 9, 2013 at 1:26am

@Gregg R Thomas

If I recall correctly chemical weapons were used in the Iran/Iraq war...did the USA bomb either country?

If not then why is the US president entertaining the idea now?

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin, not of a small mind, but of small ambitions.

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 9, 2013 at 6:53am

So tell me UnOne, do fleas snore?

@Tom - my response to. "America, Love It Or Leave It!" has always been, "America, Love It Or Change It!"

Comment by Unseen on September 9, 2013 at 8:18am

@Tom Sarbeck

Unseen: "If you don't like the way we do things here in the U.S., why don't you leave the country?"

Those words are intended to intimidate and silence. Did they succeed?

I heard them a few times. The first time I was too surprised to reply appropriately--with a middle finger.

After the first time I knew they arose from desperation and mainly ignored them. I told one guy I have the same right to be here that he does. He didn't reply.

Then you get my point about the "You can't talk about this unless you're willing to die for it" view. We live in a country where free discussion is both permitted and encouraged, and where everyone has a right to say their piece.

Do we want the only people to participate in these discussions to be either peaceniks or militarists? I don't think so. So let's not throttle people on either side with crude attempts at intimidation. We're all Americans and we all have a place at the table. 

Comment by Unseen on September 9, 2013 at 8:20am

@archie

So tell me UnOne, do fleas snore?

@Tom - my response to. "America, Love It Or Leave It!" has always been, "America, Love It Or Change It!"

I'm probably the one snoring.

And I also believe in "Love it or change it."

Comment by Unseen on September 9, 2013 at 8:26am

To all of the conspiracy theorists here who see Big Oil or defense contractors behind the President's proposal to do something about chemical weapons in Syria, why is it, then, that Republicans are more against authorizing the attack than Democrats?

Yes, those industries have interests that often conflict with overall national interests and doing the right thing, but one has to be on guard against seeing bad guys behind every single bush.

Comment by Warren on September 9, 2013 at 12:24pm

"War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it." - George Orwell

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