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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-07-06 03:33 PM
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"Sacrificing the few to save the many". A rant.
When I got out of boot camp, we went to something called the Infantry Training Regiment (ITR) for 4 weeks. We got to learn how to shoot off all kinds of weapons, everything from BARs to flamethrowers. The various courses were called ranges for some reason.

One day we were marched off to the Machine Gun range. We were spread out in front of an open field and two machine guns, loaded with tracers, in enfilade shot across the field. It was very impressive. It was impossible to imagine anything, or anyone, crossing that field not being dismembered by the machine gun bullets.

Then they marched us to another range where we were taught how to take a machine gun nest. It was made out of logs and sand with slits for the 2 machine guns inside. There really wasnt 2 machine guns or anyone inside. Some were told they were to be the diversionary force that would stand up and march forward at a steady pace with their trusty M1s on their hips shooting at the bunker. Another group was to flank the nest and toss hand grenades into the slots while the diversionary group was being mowed down.

It was a logical, even reasonable, plan based on the military axiom that sometimes it is necessary to sacrifice few to save many.

There is only one problem with that plan. Its kind of unpleasant to be part of the few who are sacrificed.

But, thats how the world works.

The bosses, the politicians, the generals, the CEOs, the wealthy, the powerful, get to decide who is to sacrificed for the greater good.

That axiom of sacrificing few to save many has been used, and is being used, to this very day.

Some examples:

The GIs in Iraq are being sacrificed to save the many (us Americans) from the devious designs of Al-queda. Or, is it the WMD? Or, the IslamoFascists? Or, having our SUVs run out of gas? Or, something important that the politicians will dream up.

The Iraqi people are being sacrificed to save the Middle East, and the whole world, from the same things - to the tune of somewhere between 50 - 650,000 corpses and over a million refugees.

The people of the 3rd world, particularly Africa, are being sacrificed for the greater good of the Pharmaceutical and Petro-Chemical industries and the whole of the 1st world. To the tune of millions dying of poverty and disease every year.

The CEOs of multi-national corporations, 51 of which are wealthier than the majority of the worlds countries, are willing to sacrifice, for the greater good the workers in their companies when they offshore or buy out smaller companies.

Somehow, I think that military axiom has been turned on its head.

The many are being sacrificed to save the few.
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