In some science-fiction books I've read, there's been discussion of increased prevalence of cameras making deception in war considerably less obsolete, frequently with the theory that this would deter war. I can imagine the first premise might not be too far off, but I don't know if the second follows. Similarly, I think the idea that democracies should theoretically never go to war with each other to be rubbish. Scarce resources or differences in values between society are potential causes for war that won't disappear with a particular system for governance. Democracies are typically not homogenous, and with the exception of the American system (which effectively serves to discourage political involvement and placate the masses), there's often considerable vigor in the process that might justify action. I think we're growing ever closer to honesty through surveillance though. Google Earth happens to provide the window that launched this thought in my head today.
It's disappointing how Washington is OK when its allies do something sensible and other countries do not. In particular, I think that it makes a lot of sense that Israel strike at Hezbollah just across the border in Lebanon/Syria (Countries are responsible for when militia within their borders attack other nations). Lebanon/Syria need to either wipe out Hezbollah or be ready for Israel to invade. At the same time, the U.S. has been pressing Turkey to do nothing while the Kurds of Iraq do the same thing, and this has been raising discontent among Turks. I suspect this attitude difference is because of America's sometimes-romance with Kurdish forces compared to its general hostility to Iran-sponsored Hezbollah. I wonder if the current middle east is in the planning stages of another world war. If so, it's disappointing, because I would want neither side to win.
Some phrases that just make me laugh in political discussions...
- Who are you to .. - I'm me. Haven't we already met? .. Seriously, I have no problems having opinions about absolutely anything, and to suggest that I should not would take a very good argument of which form I've almost never seen.
- You can't do that - Do you mean that it would not work or that I should not do it? Be careful with your language if you want to communicate.