Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Taste of Armageddon

On February 23, 1967, NBC aired an episode of Star Trek entitled "A Taste of Armageddon".

War, as waged on Eminiar VII

Today this episode is a reminder of something we used to know: War is not friendly; it is not civilized; it is not fair; it is not bloodless. The best deterrent to war is the horror of war itself; and for that the consequence of an act of war must be terrible and extreme. Those who move to start a war must know that it is not just they, but their people who will suffer most. They will suffer pain and loss and deprivation and death of their own making. The only way to avoid such calamity must be never to start a war. This is not popular, but popularity isn't a requirement for truth.

Aujourd'hui, nous sommes tous les Parisiens. Today we are all Parisians. I support President Hollande as he acts in accord with our own military to do what he must, swiftly and decisively, in the wake of the terrorist attack on Paris by ISIS.

Arc de Triomphe in Paris
Image by Sese Ingolstadt, cc-by-sa

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