After weeks of just watching Korean horror movies I decided to watch an indie American one and literally in the first five minutes a woman was raped...
We built trenches of snow to leave you in,
no white flags waved as we rushed home
under the watchful eye of the northern eyes;
I don’t miss my job. I vaguely liked the atmosphere because I dealt with local people, the true ones. Farmers, fishermen, construction workers,...
There are people on this site who think that “Ah, well, yes, that is all very good, but have you possibly considered that the U.S. has intervened in other countries, eh????” is some brilliant, game-changing observation, and that’s fucking adorable.
Well, it is, considering America’s role is one of the moral ‘global policeman’.
America and the West operates from a self-proclaimed position of morality. The fact that, say, Obama was planning on obliterating large swathes of Syria last year is pretty important to a discussion on the sovereignty of nations and the roles powerful nations take in protecting or damaging said sovereignty.
America is playing the role right now of righteous global policeman - the tasteful pics of Barack ‘I’m really good at killing people’ Obama wistfully staring out of the Oval Office window, on the phone to Putin, desperately looking for his own iconic Cuban Missile Crisis moment.
The talk about ‘respecting sovereignty’ when the US has spent a decade stripping Pakistan of it’s own - one example among many.
The fact that America does exactly the same thing - only infinitely worse - is incredibly important to global affairs currently being painted as ‘good west’ and ‘evil Russia’.
When the discussion is moral, stones and glass houses is very much important. When the US drops it’s moral manifest destiny perhaps realpolitik can begin; until then, what America does is very much important in what America deems ‘unacceptable’.
“It’s really 19th century behavior in the twenty-first century,” Kerry said of Putin ordering Russian military forces to move into Ukraine.
“You just don’t invade another country on phony pretexts in order to assert your interests,” he said.
Of the estimated 70 million people killed in World War Two, 26 million died on the Eastern front - and up to four million of them are still officially considered missing in action. But volunteers are now searching the former battlefields for the soldiers’ remains, determined to give them a proper burial - and a name.
Olga Ivshina walks slowly and carefully through the pine trees, the beeps of her metal detector punctuating the quiet of the forest. “They are not buried very deep,” she says.
"Sometimes we find them just beneath the moss and a few layers of fallen leaves. They are still lying where they fell. The soldiers are waiting for us - waiting for the chance to finally go home."
From now on I measure conviction in willingness to nail one’s scrotum to the cobblestones of the Red Square
"Oh so you want me to believe Russia’s communist regime gets a bad rap? Why don’t you put your scrotum where your…money…is?"