Tuesday, November 09, 2010

People calling for military action often sound like they are calling for a clear, unambiguous gesture, but actual military action tends to make a mess.

For one thing, the rules of what one might do to get through the day change profoundly for everyone. So the picture of making the clear gesture against the way thing are now is never true, because the minute war starts thing aren't that way anymore. Everyone has permission, drive, the force of vengance, to push them to do thing they wouldn't have done before the war.

Generally, clarity doesn't have a chance.