Last edited by MusicAdventurer; 11-04-12 at 05:14 PM.
[QUOTE=MaggieD;1061103911]We are peacekeepers in the world/QUOTE]
And is that a role that you cherish or one that is needed?
Yes, seriously. If you're saying this OP is an abstract hypothetical dilemma that has little connection to reality, then I agree. I wasn't shaken to my core; I was unimpressed. I am not unwilling to answer hard questions, I'm unwilling to be bound by false dichotomies. I don't lack experience with these issues, I apparently have more experience with them than you because I can recognize when I'm being presented with an unrealistic set of options.
I decline to let other people define my options for me, particularly when those options are not realistic.
People are faced with hard decisions every day of their lives, harder than you would know.
You don't know me bud. I'm not some college freshman, I'm an ex-cop. I'm a middle aged blue collar single father with a teenage son and a mortgage: I make hard decisions every day. You talking down to me is pretty damn funny.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
none of the above.
"Those who do not learn from history and condemned to relive it".
"There are those who will debate the necessity of wilderness, I will not, either you know it in your bones or you are very very old". Aldo Leopold - Sand County Almanac
Lame set of choices.
"I am not among those who fear the people. They and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1816 "[F]acts are before ideas." -- Mikhail Bakunin, 1882
Actually, this is probably why we are in so much debt right now and why it is so hard to accomplish things in Washington. That is, people refuse to face reality and make the hard decisions. Instead, people want to hide behind feelings of invincibility, a huge error.
Cop out answer IMO, especially since everyone who has said this could have just ignored the post. Not ignoring it means it struck something that made you want to reply. But rather than facing the hard hypothetical decision, people use a variety of ego protecting vices to avoid it.