The War Nerd: North Korea, Wish Mao Were Here
“Even if…atom bombs were so powerful that…they would make a hole right through the earth, or even blow it up, that would hardly mean anything to the universe as a whole, though it might be a major event for the solar system.” -
“The armies of this age are weak." -
Thanks to the Kim family, the Cold War came back this week like an old colonial’s malaria. North Korea started the wailing and gnashing of teeth, and every “pundit” in DC joined the chorus--an old and tired lingo full of conditionals, what “might” or “could” happen. Even the words these people use for themselves stink like mouldy mid-20th century newspapers, like “pundit”—a British colonial term from the Raj for Hindu priests, extended in that lazy retired-colonel way to anybody who claims to know something you don’t know.
The pundits fifty years ago blithered about nukes, and they’re blithering again on the same topic. There’s a religious tone to their chatter, because nukes are like the unbeliever’s version of sin and Hell rolled into one, the place we’ll go if we’re very, very bad.
It makes me tired. I had to live through decades of this, and it was like so many “almost” fights I saw in P.E. in high school, two guys who didn’t want to fight and weren’t gonna fight, telling each other how bad they were gonna fuck each other up. The only cure for all this noise is Mao.
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