Thursday, November 11, 2010

Understanding In America

Why should we bother to reply to Kautski? He would reply to us, and we would have to reply to his reply. There’s no end to that. It will be quite enough for us to announce that Kautski is a traitor to the working class, and everyone will understand everything.

V. I. Lenin

I was listening to BBC News on the drive to work the other day. The gist of the news was that in the US military's attempts to drive the Taliban out of farming communities in Afghanistan with the use of machine guns and bombs, the Afghan people are also being driven out. The poor farmers gather their remaining family, desert their bombed-out farms, and head for the nearest city to try to make a living.

So how do you differentiate between regular Afghan citizens and the Taliban (or Al-Queda)? Simple. Just call all of them Taliban and everyone will understand everything.

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