In fact, Johnson rejected a plethora of diplomatic initiatives during the month of February 1965. Appeals were made by Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, Pakistani leader Mohammad Ayub Khan, Japanese Prime Minister Eisaku Sato, Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson, and French foreign minister Maurice Couve de Murville. British Prime Minister Harold Wilson issued a statement on February 8 backing U.S. air strikes against North Vietnam but also instructed his ambassador in Washington, Lord Harlech, to meet with administration officials and request a new Geneva conference. In Rome, Pope Paul VI called for a negotiated settlement to the war sponsored and guaranteed by the United Nations. On February 24, UN Secretary-General U Thant, having tried and failed to broker a peace agreement, appealed directly to the American people, suggesting that the Johnson administration had not been fully candid about its war plans and operations:
The first step to recovery is understanding the problem. Knowing that suicidalist memes were launched at us as war weapons by the espionage apparatus of the most evil despotism in human history is in itself liberating. Liberating, too, it is to realize that the Noam Chomskys and Michael Moores and Robert Fisks of the world (and their thousands of lesser imitators in faculty lounges everywhere) are not brave transgressive forward-thinkers but pathetic memebots running the program of a dead tyrant.
Another consequence of Stalin’s meme war is that today’s left-wing antiwar demonstrators wear kaffiyehs without any sense of how grotesque it is for ostensible Marxists to cuddle up to religious absolutists who want to restore the power relations of the 7th century CE. In Stalin’s hands, even Marxism itself was hollowed out to serve as a memetic weapon — it became increasingly nihilist, hatred-focused and destructive. The postmodern left is now defined not by what it’s for but by what it’s against: classical-liberal individualism, free markets, dead white males, America, and the idea of objective reality itself.
I have just finished this entire thread in one sitting. Where’s is my diploma? I want to sincerely applaud everyone involved for creating one of the best ( and flamefree) threads I have ever read. I may not have understood all of the references, since “I are a college dropout”but I did get the gist of everyone’s meanings. I may not agree with alot of it, and I don’t have the skill or the time now to explain why or which parts but I look forward to reading more. Bravo.
Terror and Just Response, Noam Chomsky
James P. Sterba, “The Controversial Operation Phoenix: How It Roots Out Vietcong Suspects,” New York Times, February 18, 1970; and Mark Moyar, Phoenix and the Birds of Prey: Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism in Vietnam (Lincoln: University of Nebraska press, 1997), p. 236. In spite of the Phoenix Program’s notoriety, it has several defenders, including Mark Moyar and Dale Andrade. Both of these historians argue that critics have misrepresented the program and that Phoenix seriously impacted the VCI in the countryside.
What Is a Morally Justified Responseto Terrorism?
No one spoke on ideological warfare against islamists better than Obadiah Shoher. Many in the West don’t realize that it wasn’t arms race that killed commis – jeanses and jazz did. Offer Muslims something nicer than mosques. As Shoher says, offer them porno. They will succumb, just as the commis did.
Making War on Terrorism in Response to9/11, Claudia Card
I’ve gotten pretty used to pissing sitting down (as I understand Turkish men, scarcely poster children for feminism on the whole, usually do), as I’m rather tired of cleaning up the floor afterwards if I stand up. The exception is in public toilets, where sitting down tends to get my pants wet with other people’s piss.