I do not think you understand that going to war is an emotional decision.
People like war, especially if it is quick and victorious. The males of Homo Sapiens seems to like it a lot ; war is exciting and I think there is a certain visceral joy in wanton destruction, in rape, and in killing indiscriminately.
We had wars for far too long for it to be otherwise.
Personally, I think it is because of our crooked nature – the Love/Hate relationship that we have with other members of our species. And of course, ultimate responsibility for that rests with God who created us in this manner.
By the way – that fellow (Aref-Adib) has ruined a perfectly gorgeous rug just to put a stupid Western symbol there; a barbaric act, in my opinion.
🙂 Pen, now that the history of the Middle East is clarified, the death penalty analyzed and the joy of war established, it is truly a good time to take the important mater of “look at what they have done to this lovely rug” in hand….
99 can’t log in. Here is Pacifism, her comment/post:
Sometimes dealing with the anti-war comments on blogs is hard for me. Some who do not want war do want revenge. Some who do not want war are reaching out to the people we are about to decimate. There’s a lot of talk against the heinous specter of even more war, maybe even with nukes. But the POINT is to stop it.
The deal is: If you are unwilling to use violence to stop killers, it’s not pacifism, it’s cowardice. Killing in defense of life is not killing; it is defense of life. Revenge is for the sub-human. Stopping the slaughter is for the true human. One can rationalize cowardice and sub-humanity for the rest of time: IT WON’T FAZE REALITY!
“As you know rugs are woven by the little hands of the little girls in remote areas of the country … some of those villages are even deprived of electricity…”
Many rugs are made in shops, in cooperatives, at private homes by mature women. And yes, there are little girls who are thus taught a trade so that in later life they can support themselves; when their husbands are no-good or dead. What is wrong with empowering wmoen by teaching them a trade?
As for villages without electricity in Iran – yes there are still such places but every year there are fewer of them. The reason is that marginal villages are being abandoned and villagers are moving to the cities or other villages. Another reason is that the Iranian Government has been pursuing a policy of rural electrification for the last 20 years with considerable success.
Please kindly refrain from using myth-informed and cheap sentimentality as a form of rhetorical rebuttal.
Naj/Pen, at some point I assumed Pen ware someone I knew, pulling my leg with this rug reference and the rest.
Since this friend assured that this is not the case, indeed most of what is written above won’t make sense.
To end this quiproquo, I don’t see any carpet/rug in the picture above.
Personally I like AA‘s choice of the pomegranate to create this symbol, which also inspired our rimailleur! Merci Vic.
Serv, it is the first time that I have looked into something like Enough Fear, and I learned that they “design” peace campaigns. 172 by now!