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Ten lessons from Iraq

July 22, 2007

Obsidian Wings has a list of lessons to be learned from Iraq.  Here’s a sample:

(1) It seems to me that our country went slightly crazy after 9/11, and one of the manifestations of that craziness was a tendency to say, about anyone who suggested stopping to think about much of anything, that that person just hadn’t absorbed the lessons of 9/11, hadn’t been there, hadn’t fully grasped how horrific it was. Anyone who has even the slightest iota of this tendency should, I think, engrave on his or her forehead: When something truly awful happens, and you find yourself in the presence of real danger, it is more important than ever to stop and think clearly about what you are about to do. The temptations to do something stupid are much greater than usual, and the risks are much higher. Going with the flow and doing what comes naturally might be winning strategies at a party; they are profoundly dangerous when considering going to war. Since the people who do stop and think are likely to be rarer than usual, in moments of national crisis they should be cherished, not abused or slandered.

… and there are nine more of them

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  1. Ted
    July 23, 2007 at 09:19 | #1

    Yes, …slightly crazy.

    But I sometimes wonder what batshit insane would look like.

  2. July 24, 2007 at 03:25 | #2

    On 9/11, the whole country seemed serious for about 13 hours.  Then some ass on Fox News proposed nuking whoever done it, and I knew we’d started back to being frivolous. Reality can only intrude for so long before the weak-minded among us get tired of it.

  3. July 24, 2007 at 06:20 | #3

    My youngest son nailed it years ago with a comment that sadly keeps finding new applications.  When the Columbine massacre happened, he said; “Oh, man, this is really going to bring out the stupid in everyone.”

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