Friday, March 21, 2003

I apologize for not posting. I was away for a while, and when I had finally access to a computer, it became quite apparent that war was going to happen. And what was I to say? I had been in support of the war, and had gotten my way. I can't comment on wartime strategy (my knowledge of such things is limited to a pocket version of The Art of War and my amazing battle skills in Command & Conquer Red Alert 2, so, to put it bluntly, I know nothing), I don't feel like commenting on the recent riots (the topic of such was a dead horse prior to this week, and they've become so extreme that worrying about them reflecting or influencing popular thought is not something to dwell on), and, unlike Salam Pax or Lt. Smash, I'm not there. So, my opinion pretty much remains at what it usually is: worthless. And at such grave times, I'm a bit more reluctant to speak, not in fear of the mass conformity and cultural brutality blah blah etc etc, but as a kid, I really don't want to say anything, as it would probably be unfounded, and if not, would be stated by my intellectual superiors. If I have something to say, I'll use someone else to say it.

Things at my school have been surprisingly supportive of the war, but some of the support is borderline sadistic and jingoistic. Probably meant to be in good humor, but even as a conservative it makes my blood boil sometimes. We're going to be discussing the Vietnam War in US History in a matter of weeks, and I hope that my teacher doesn't tie in the current situation too heavily. I think that the failure of the Afgan "quagmire" arguments will prevent it. My teacher is an admitted liberal, but a moderate good-natured one, so I think the curriculum will be fair. (at least, no less fair than usual. I swear, they plan things so you have to read The Crucible at the same time you learn about the Cold War.)

Also, I've been reading Useful Idiots by Mona Charen, as my self-induced rebuttal to my current school history education. Pretty good stuff. Our history books made actor Paul Robeson's opposition seem a lot more noble than it apparently was. I feel sorry for him in his later years, though, the guilt of not truthfully reporting back to the US must have left him with a good deal of guilt.

And yes, while I'm updating, this thing will change color templates more than the set of Flashdance and Saturday Night Fever combined. I'll stop when I find one I like, I promise. I'll probably also remove the comments until people actually start reading.