Putting Out Fire With Gasoline


Well, I guess Netanyahu decided to celebrate his electoral win.

By BEN HUBBARD — Jan. 30 3:42 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Israel conducted a rare airstrike on a military target inside Syria near the border with Lebanon, foreign officials and Syrian state TV said Wednesday, amid fears …

There is no more dangerous notion in the world today than the notion of “pre-emptive war.” We have seen the result in Iraq, for those who might have missed those who missed Vietnam getting us into a quagmire that another Administration would be left to clean up. OK?

I stopped the quote because, in the first sentence of a reportage of FACT, the imagined justification for that fact is entered into with the phrase “amid fears.”

And that is always the basis for “pre-emptive” strikes.

Sahara-Hare uh oh

But fears are not things. Fears are phantoms of the mind, no matter how widespread and agreed-upon. Fears are not dependent on outside conditions so much as they are on inner turmoil. And fears are universal. All creatures feel fear, all the way down, at least, to cockroaches. But cockroaches do not (thankfully) bomb other countries because of their fears.

And when deciding to kill people, actual THINGS always trump imagined events feeding fears. Remember those “centrifuge tubes” that Saddam Hussein had?

I will not attempt to comment further on Israel’s foreign or war policy, since that is as futile and masochistic as attempting to suggest that the government ISN’T coming to take your guns away.

I will only note that Syria is in the middle of a civil war, right now. And bombing it — for whatever reasons — seems about as prudent, right now, as lighting a match in the gunpowder shack.

Netanyahu boom UN

Bugs Bunny aficionados will probably know what comes next.



A writer, published author, novelist, literary critic and political observer for a quarter of a quarter-century more than a quarter-century, Hart Williams has lived in the American West for his entire life. Having grown up in Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico, an honorary Texan, Clown (ditto) and a veteran of Hollywood, Mr. Williams currently lives in Oregon, along with an astonishing amount of pollen. He has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog

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About Hart Williams

Mr. Williams grew up in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. He lived in Hollywood, California for many years. He has been published in The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Santa Fe Sun, The Los Angeles Free Press, Oui Magazine, New West, and many, many more. A published novelist and a filmed screenwriter, Mr. Williams eschews the decadence of Hollywood for the simple, wholesome goodness of the plain, honest people of the land. He enjoys Luis Buñuel documentaries immensely.
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