War is horrible, nasty, brutal, senseless destruction, times millions.
But sometimes, you just can't stop that grizzly bear from coming in the tent.
And while sometimes you may get Carthage, you may also get Atlanta, Hiroshima, Dresden, or Cologne.
That's Cologne in 1945, above.
It's a wee bit different now.
And for all values except Carthage, what each of those places have now is unrecognizable to what they had five minutes after the peak of destruction.
No one in any of them now would bemoan what they are, or have become.
Should we blow everything up, just to see how we could fix it?
Don't be asinine; of course not.
But don't assume just because something is craptastic in the moment, it's going to be that way forever.
That's a four-year-old's view of time: "everything is about me, right this minute."
So grow up. And perhaps, take a longer-term view than just right this minute, or even until the day after tomorrow.
Don't take my word for it. Because while no one I know would like to go live at Florence and Normandie nearly 30 years after the L.A. riots, you won't find anyone in Normandy, France bitching too hard about the war that landed on their shores 75 years ago this coming Thursday. Go there and ask if you don't believe me.
From comments to an earlier post:
"Gentlemen, [I] understand your belief that once the leftards cross a line, the shooting will start. [I] Disagree that it will be short. Remember, Southern politicians at the beginning of the Civil War thought it would be short. They would whip the corrupt, money loving, Yankees and all the blood spilled "could be cleaned up with a handkerchief". 4 years and 620 000 lives latter... Do not underestimate the leftards ability to motivate and inspire their side. It will be fighting for women's reproductive rights, or transgender rights or the rights of illegal aliens etc. and it may be effective. The North's initial war aims were to preserve the Union. Didn't work as well until Lincoln hit on using freeing the slaves. Hope for the best, but plan for the worst. What happens if the soy boys and SJW's don't take their toys and go home? Make ready for a long conflict."
It needn't be short.
They also have no native bent towards defending anything.
They destroy, they don't preserve, and deep down, they know they're full of sh*t, or else they'd give up their iPhones to feed the poor.
That happens never, amongst a single one of them.
Because in their hearts, humans are capitalists.
Again, don't believe me just because I say that.
Just tell me the net worth of all those Silicon Valley tech CEOs who give Marx and Lenin a tongue bath every day.
And remind me how many homes Bernie Sanders owns.
And remember, no one dies for a lie.
Could they pull off a few rallies? An upset or two?
But they have no slavery issue to go long on, this time around.
They're offering everyone equal misery, and death to their enemies, and maybe, perhaps a few crumbs from the spoils of all the Evil people they want to whack.
(Which never pans out for their minions.)
We're offering freedom.
At barest essence, they've got nothing.
And being pragmatic, the odds are greater than even that their side gets wiped out to the last child, to preclude it every happening again.
Ask 100 people which world they'd rather live in:
One populated entirely by rifle-toting, bible-clinging rednecks having a barbeque.
Or one populated by Emo Antifa twinks and purple-haired lesbian land whales all shrieking and moaning about how evil white mankind is, and the contest is over in five seconds.
No one worldwide is swimming oceans and rivers to break into Communist China or to get to Venezuela.
But they'll brave Caribbean storms in rafts made of bloated corpses and used baby diapers to get the hell out of Cuba, and take a wild chance they'll land in Miami Beach.
A conflict here is almost certainly an extinction-level event for the left, for generations yet unborn.
(Whereas their victory would be the continued genocide of the unborn.
So don't try to pretend there's any moral equivalency between baby killers, and those who'd rather kill baby killers.)
Tell me again why we don't just open the ball first, and prosecute that whole party now, to the hilt.
We're already the merest momentary pause from that question becoming purely academic, and the discussion getting overtaken by events as it is.
Let the dog catch the car.
Then watch what happens to him once he's got it, and doesn't know what to do next, with a mouthful of bumper.
"A man who picks a cat up by the tail learns something which he can learn in no other way." - Mark Twain