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    Quote Originally Posted by Alea_iacta_est View Post
    Ironically, I was using crusade in a positive connotation, a moral cause, rather than the specific moral cause responsible for more futile deaths of the Semitic.
    The totalitarians attacked the Crusaders yesterday in the Capital of Nigeria, Abuja, killing 72 and wounding up to 200.

    Survivors screamed in anguish and the stench of burning fuel and flesh hung over the area, where billows of black smoke rose as firefighters worked to put out the fires. Rescue workers and police gathered body parts as ambulances rushed the wounded to hospitals.

    Visiting the blast scene, President Goodluck Jonathan blamed Boko Haram, the homegrown terrorist network that has targeted schools, churches, mosques, villages and government facilities, killing thousands in its five-year campaign to make Nigeria an Islamic state.

    Authorities said at least 72 people were killed and 164 wounded, though the death toll was sure to climb because it did not include victims whose bodies were dismembered, the health ministry said. It was the deadliest attack yet in Abuja, the centrally located capital that is hundreds of miles from Boko Haram's stronghold in Nigeria's northeast.


    Crusaders are marked for death by burning or dismemberment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus View Post
    America cannot accept the banality of evil, because it weakens the idea of evil and thus the argument that the 'bad guys' need to be put down, which plays a crucial role in manufacturing and selling all kinds of weapons.
    And retribution just gives people a rush: putting down bad guys is fun. The idea of banal evil poops the party.
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    Without soldiers there can be no war but there doesn't seem to be any shortage of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haven View Post
    Without soldiers there can be no war but there doesn't seem to be any shortage of them.
    The horrifying thing about the banality of evil is that we are banal, we are normal.

    So far the best way of dealing with the banality of evil is to limit power. And we limit power by liberal democracy.

    So we should beware of those who want to maximise power, as they tell us, only to do good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haven View Post
    Without soldiers there can be no war
    War does not require soldiers, at least not in any formal or governmental sense. All it requires is a group of people doing violence together against another party.

    but there doesn't seem to be any shortage of them.
    Quite a few countries have dramatically aging populations due to fertility rates far below replacement, and are therefore running low on people of military age.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD45T-2 View Post
    War does not require soldiers, at least not in any formal or governmental sense. All it requires is a group of people doing violence together against another party.

    Quite a few countries have dramatically aging populations due to fertility rates far below replacement, and are therefore running low on people of military age.
    Don't peaceful societies always find themselves being pillaged though? It happened in Mad Max.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haven View Post
    Don't peaceful societies always find themselves being pillaged though? It happened in Mad Max.
    Brad "Ice Man" Colbert said that those who cannot kill will always be subservient to those who can, and that's generally true. I suppose there are a few nations that are exceptions though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haven View Post
    Don't peaceful societies always find themselves being pillaged though? It happened in Mad Max.
    I consider myself a peaceful person.

    I am not however, a pacifist.

    I would imagine the same could be said for societies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haven View Post
    Don't peaceful societies always find themselves being pillaged though? It happened in Mad Max.
    Mad Max is a paranoid American phantasy couched in the Australian desert.

    So Mad Max is an expression of an American Archetype.

    Americans readily express their Archetypes in their movies.

    And Typology is the study of types, and Archetypes are one of the types, easy to study in American movies.

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    Arendt wouldve been saying evil is banal to point out just how indifferent to it we are, as opposed to saying we should be indifferent to it. At least that makes more sense.

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