Thursday, August 24, 2006

Fear and Overreaction

Two pieces (the first excellent) I've come across this week share a common theme in that they encourage the world to not go nutso-batshit-insane and overreact to events:

Maybe it's just, I cast my eyes back on the last century ...

FDR: Oh, I'm sorry, was wiping out our entire Pacific fleet supposed to intimidate us? We have nothing to fear but fear itself, and right now we're coming to kick your ass with brand new destroyers riveted by waitresses. How's that going to feel?

CHURCHILL: Yeah, you keep bombing us. We'll be in the pub, flipping you off. I'm slapping Rolls-Royce engines into untested flying coffins to knock you out of the skies, and then I'm sending angry Welshmen to burn your country from the Rhine to the Polish border.

US. NOW: BE AFRAID!! Oh God, the Brown Bad people could strike any moment! They could strike ... NOW!! AHHHH. Okay, how about .. NOW!! AAGAGAHAHAHHAG! Quick, do whatever we tell you, and believe whatever we tell you, or YOU WILL BE KILLED BY BROWN PEOPLE!! PUT DOWN THAT SIPPY CUP!!

... and I'm just a little tired of being on the wrong side of that historical arc.
Wait, Aren't You Scared? by John Rogers @ Kung Fu Monkey

Once upon a time, Americans went to the brink of nuclear war without losing their wits or sacrificing the Constitution. Help make the anniversary of the 13th and final day of the Cuban Missile Crisis, October 28th, a national day of remembrance.
Remembering the Thirteenth Day by Kingdaddy @ Arms and Influence

Lessons like that should be global.

Posted by Dean @ 8/24/2006 06:59:00 pm

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