Can’t we all just get along?

The real Mr Angry heading for this post is “Can’t we all just calm the fuck down and stop bombing the fuck out of each other for five fucking minutes and come to terms with the simple fact that an endless cycle of revenge and retribution is suicidal for all concerned?” That’s slightly long and there might be some filtering software that would block that as a post title. But still, what the fuck people?

I don’t think there’s a nation or creed on this planet that can hold its head up and say “Well at least we’ve never done anything morally reprehensible that’s caused untold pain, suffering and death or at least stood by and done nothing while said acts were perpetrated in out name.” But every now and then things come to a head and I think why don’t you people just sit back and relax with a big frosty can of calm the fuck down? Seriously, neither then end of the world not the price of petrol going over $5 a litre by the end of the month fills me with joy.

Obviously I’m talking about the little brouhaha in the middle east. It’s perfectly natural to be a little paranoid when you’re surrounded on all sides by people who have expressed the desire to exterminate. But you can only over-react and lash out killing hundreds of civilians before the next round of payback starts. And I’m not talking about a few pissy rockets landing on Israeli towns closest to Lebanon, I’m talking about Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Iran launching retaliatory attacks at the same time to realise their oft-stated goal of sweeping Israel into the sea. And nobody in the West is going to stand for that (not to mention that Iranian ground forces would have to go through Iraq – wouldn’t that be fun) so the shit spreads pretty quickly.

Unless. People. Learn. To. Calm. The. Fuck. Down.

Take a look at the troubles in Ireland (and only the Irish would give a civil war that’s lasted 100 years an innocuous name like “the troubles”). It isn’t perfect but it’s calmed down a lot. More and more people woke up to the fact the downward spiral of violence couldn’t go on. They decided they needed to cross the road (literally in many cases) and say “hey, let’s stop hurling petrol bombs at each other.” They joined the political process to solve things more and more. Of course there are still thugs on both sides who enjoy the power they gain from conflict but their power is almost universally on the wane.

It all starts with saying enough is enough. You can’t always get payback for the last damage inflicted on your side because that gives the other side fuel for their next strike. It’s no good both sides saying the others have to make the first move. That’s a recipe for disaster. The situation in the middle east is incredibly complex, far more so than most people pushing a particular political or religious barrow admit to. But there’s no denying this: somebody has to say “I’m not going to retaliate any more.”

Nobody holds the moral high ground by force of arms.

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11 responses to “Can’t we all just get along?

  1. I don’t think those governments in the middle east know how to say enough is enough. It’ll never be enough until someone decided to drop an atomic bomb there and kill every single person there. That’ll probably be the end of the conflict.

  2. Yeah, it seems that way… and there’s Africa too. The world is so damn depressing sometimes.

  3. Well said, but it’s easy to see when you’re well out of it, and know that neither side is entirely right or wrong and they should just cut it out. When you’re in the middle of it emotions tend to obscure rationality. There are people who are able to rise above these feelings but too many people can’t. Face it, we’re all doomed! (Maybe, actually I hope not).

  4. Salamaat,
    this is really too depressing for me. I have literally been having nightmares about it. and to hear the way the US news keep spinning and re-spinning it…it makes me sick.

    It’s one thing if the leaders and their kids were the ones getting maimed and brutally blown up to pieces but the ones who bear the brunt of this violence are the poor women, children, old men and innocent men who don’t have the resources to leave the heck outta there. The masses hurt. And no one seems to care.

    As long as .001% of the population is gaining from it; and that is the powers that be…let the little people die. Who cares?

    sigh Mr. Angry I am all depressed again.

  5. SIGH… this is my BIG point in one of my posts on my site, why can’t they all just stop killin’ each other for the love of HE who creadted us all?! why can’t they just… ugh frustrating and what more frustrating is, the longer it gets the more people die every single day and they’re the helpless ones! another blow to my already-sallow mood…😦

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  7. While I of course share your frustration in that I of course would want an end to war, I don’t share your apparent confusion, and my immediate reaction is to think that the reason you are baffled by this stuff is that you don’t actually understand what is going on.

    Sometimes people steal from other people, because they want more stuff. That’s your state of Israel. And sometimes the victims get pissed off and fight back. That’s your Arabs.

  8. It’s not looking good in the middle east.

  9. Michelle: I’m not sure it so easy to see from the outside, some “commentators” are talking ridiculous crap

    Maliha: Salamaat. Sadly, this is just depressing.

    Mayang: yeah, if the beliefs of any of the people involved in flinging bombs (and the supporters who encourage them to do it) are true they’ve all got an eternity of burning ahead of them.

    Mark: I understand the driving forces, I don’t understand the inability to find a solution other than murder.

    Range: not good at all… the one part of the world where people need to be less angry.

  10. Tommy KnightHawk

    (I don’t think there’s a nation or creed on this planet that can hold its head up and say “Well at least we’ve never done anything morally reprehensible that’s caused untold pain, suffering and death or at least stood by and done nothing while said acts were perpetrated in our name.”)

    I think the Bastard Clan can!

  11. Hahahaha, I didn’t know the Bastard clan were a country!

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