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18th-Jul-2006 10:31 pm
greek temple
In the most recent disasters the world has experienced, I'm struck by the role of blogging in all of it. I'm not the first (nor am I the last) to discover this, I know.

It's probablydefinitely wrong of me, but the first thing I usually think when I see groups fighting is 'can't they move their fighting out into the middle of no where?'

I'd love to say that I'm thinking of the civilians, but it's more that they're blowing up bits of history/archaeology that I'll never see if a missile blows all of it to tiny bits.

I do think of the civilians, but I'd say it's easier, for a slightly off topic example, to move the residents of Delphi (in Greece, yes. I couldn't think of a good example of people living on top of archaeological ruins other than Jerusalem, and the mixed population makes it a bad example, methinks) than to move the temples.

To be even more honest, wouldn't it just be easier to take away all the weapons. I bet that at least some of the people fighting would stop if they actually had to put their hands around someone else's neck in order to kill them.

Move along, nothing of value to see here.
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18th-Jul-2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
19th-Jul-2006 03:13 am (UTC)
My grandfather apparently thought the best plan was that people stop having wars in places where people wanted to live (this was in the 1930s, mind; he had been an ambulance driver in WWI) and rent out bits of Arabia from the Arabs, who could use the income since they were mostly dirt poor (see previous comment) and have the wars there where they wouldn't bother anyone. The Americans, he suggested, could have the ice cream concession. :-/

It *would* be easier to take away the weapons. Except that the people with the weapons will then fight the people trying to take them away. :-( There's a UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon, trying to separate the Israelis and the PLO (as it them was in Lebanon). They got put in in the 1970s, and they're still there, but they've never been able to stop the two sides killing each other (instead, some of the combatants started using an 11th or 12th century fortress as a base, and *that* started getting blown up). Then there was the Multinational Force (Brits, US, French, Italians) that tried to stop the Israelis from killing the Lebanese and the Christian Lebanese from killing the Muslim Lebanese...until the Muslims decided to blow up the French and American barracks.

The problem always comes down to the people with the guns wanting to keep the guns and wanting to do whatever they bloody well please, including blowing up lots of things and people that get in their way. :-(
19th-Jul-2006 11:43 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know it won't work, but it would be so nice...
19th-Jul-2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
Yep. :-(
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