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November 05, 2005

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MBains

As an example of where they are not useful and should be ignored, he presents the case of fighting enemies, barbarians, who do not themselves follow the rules.

Your student sees it.

In a possibly intractable situation like the Cold War we had mutual incentives with our enemies that kept each from the Final Say So of war - Survival of the species. This kept us from diverging from rules of engagement as set forth in Geneva. well, mostly...

Terrorists are people who don't play by the rules. BushCo says we are terrorists in fascist terms as a sales aid. People buy it because they feel the gut level hate of not knowing what to do to prevent such a natural social disaster as their lifestyles conflicting badger-like with folk of other political belief systems.

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