Bunny Batzri (ritm) wrote,
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War? What is it good for?

To: alt.dreaming.current_events.pacifica
From: Bunny Batzri
Subject: Why isn't doublespeak allowed?

The last question of our suddenly-serious game comes from THISTLE PORPENTINE of Eildon, who asks:

Where will admitting this is war save anyone? That won't stop Undersea from attacking. This isn't Vietnam, where our troops are over across the sea in a jungle, or even a "peacekeeping mission" in some desert God decided was the best place to soak up sand when he told different versions of the same story to folks inclined to write it down.

He adds, in a more philosophical vein:

But keep saying it, if they're not admitting it outside this little dust-covered corner of the world. Maybe it won't save anyone, but at least people will know.

G.I. Joe put it best, really, when he told us that knowing is half the battle. I'd like to take it one up from there, and say that since a war is made of many battles, the first of them -- the one you have to win right out the gate -- is the battle for the right to be called a war.

Because 'war' is a powerful word, isn't it? 'War' is a word that people have to pay attention to. 'Conflict' is a war that's been castrated. People caught up in a 'conflict' don't need your support; they don't need you to donate money, troops, or resources; they're just having a little conflict, and it'll all be over soon. Like kids scuffling on the playground, people having a conflict can be safely ignored.

There are resources in Concordia for people in trouble: resources that the Shining Host has pledged to the service of their subjects. Maybe we never stood up and said outright, 'hey, yo, if you manage to cheese off Ariel and the gang, we'll totally give you cannons', but we DID say 'we will be your liege lords, come good or ill, whatever that entails'. Well, in a conflict, that entails a lot of tongue-clucking and 'children-will-be-children'-ing, but in a war...

In a war, that means that duty, obligation, and simple Sidhe decency compels us to put everything we have on the line for the sake of the people we have sworn to take care of. Now, that doesn't mean you can go out, stick your leg in the first available Redcap, and scream 'WAR! WAR!' just to make the Sidhe do your dirty work for you...but it DOES mean that when there's a genuine war, it needs to be called by the proper name, and the people with the wherewithall to do something about it need to be prepared to step up and keep the promises that they made by taking power.

Names have power. If we call what's happening in Eildon right now 'Susie', maybe we can get away with ignoring it...at least for a little while, at least until it spreads. But it was call it what it really is -- if we call it a war -- then we have to admit that it's everybody's problem. Not just the people of Eildon, but EVERYONE. Me, you, Roger, everybody.

Let's call a spade a spade, and let's call this war a chance to prove that what we said at the end of the Concordance War wasn't just another bunch of empty campaign promises.

It's time to put our money where our mouths are...and THAT is why we need to call this war a war.

Bunny Batzri
ritm@pacifica.cn.gov
http://www.livejournal.com/users/ritm

C'mon, SOMEONE had to say it!
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