Interesting article, Spacenurse.
I do enjoy reading, listening, hearing, and weighing ALL sides.. and there are many. This is how I learn. If I listened to only one side,or two, that would be rather narrow. So while, I have yet to take a real stand one way or another, I do enjoy the learning process. I get frustrated with myself sometimes, because I feel perhaps I am "wishy-washy".. in that I have not actually made up my mind or taken a stand either way. Guess I'm just a "slow" learner.. I want to take my time and get all the info I can. The more I know, the more viewpoints I take in, the more information available to me to come to an eventual decision. And then again ... I might NEVER !
I DO know what I DON'T like, but don't care to throw out the baby with the bathwater, either. And I like/dislike various things on both sides.
Never was a peacenik.. some of their thoughts are a tad too utopian for me. But a lot of what I read here did strike a note with me... mostly the "economics" of war and "Americanizing" the world. You know... I already hate to travel abroad and find McDonalds' everywhere. etc., etc. It really does bug me. It just takes away from the country's original charm.. the things that made each country so special.. their own uniqueness. I, for one, would hate to see SUVs and all things American or Western in countries like Croatia, Hungary, Romania..many of the the middle and far eastern "BIG CITIES" already have our flavor, and it bothers me.... it just doesn't belong there.. it's not who they are, their culture is being stripped away.. or so it seems to me.
But the "big business" in financial terms really is (to me) an issue to think strongly about. Few wars are for the SOLEY idealistic purposes they are claimed to be for. Sadly, there's more to it (and behind it) than that.
And it goes back to.. well... the "root of all evil".
Sad. But rings true enough to me.