american war in the middle east


I can’t stop laughing……. Americans are so annoying.. the red arrow is pointing at the Strait of Hormuz. IRANIAN SHIPS. IN THE STRAIT OF HORMUZ. LOCATED IN THE PERSIAN GULF. AKA RIGHT NEXT TO IRAN.

If the American navy doesn’t want to run into Iranian ships then why not just go home. Like.. literally go home.

Like what’s next…. “Iranian Air Force found minding its own business while flying directly over Iran… could this be a war aggression?” Lmaoooo

‘A new religion has arisen in the trenches, a faith much more akin to Mahomet than to Christ. It is a fatalism of action. The soldier finds his salvation in the belief that nothing will happen to him until his hour comes, the idea being that it does no good to worry — is his rock of ages. It is a curious thing to see poilus — peasants, artisans, scholars — completely in the grip of this philosophy. The real religion of the front is the philosophy of Mahomet. Death has been decided by Fate, and the Boches are the unbelievers. After all, Islam in its great days was a virile faith, the faith of a race of soldiers.’

WW1 American ambulance driver’s notes near the front, in France - History of the American Field Service in France, ʻFriends of France", 1914-1917; The ambulance sections – Field service haunts and friends

sheilikhal  asked:

Actually need more wacky WWII hijinks because it gives me LIFE. PLEASE. PLEEEEASE.

hell yeah dude put on your learning pants because today we’re gonna talk about a guy named John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming “Mad Jack” Churchill

Jack Churchill was an English dude who had previously spent some time in the military, but by the time WWII rolled around was mostly spending his time dicking around and enjoying his favorite two perfectly ordinary hobbies- archery and bagpipes. He did archery for a couple movies and even won a number of bagpiping contests because dude was totally a weeaboo, but, like for Scotland instead of Japan. A wee-aboo (get it??? no? okay i’m sorry)

But then WWII breaks out and Jack Churchill cuts short his professional bagpiping career to re-join the Army, only this time he took said bagpipes with him, along with his bow and a mothafuckin longsword, because yeah that’s a totally normal thing that people do.

Like he was so over the top about this fuckin sword that he became known for the saying “any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly dressed”, which presumably sounded cool then but nowadays sounds like something you’d see poorly photoshopped onto a picture of a dude wearing a fedora and holding a sword he bought for $20 from that one weird store in the mall

look real close at what the dude on the right is holding

As might be expected of a dude who brought AN ACTUAL LITERAL SWORD to the biggest gunfight in history, Churchill also pretty much immediately develops a reputation for being completely batshit, starting when his unit ambushes a German patrol in France.

“check this shit out” says Churchill, and then he straight up SHOOTS ANOTHER HUMAN BEING WITH A BOW AND ARROW IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1940, becoming the only dude to kill another dude with a longbow in WWII because seriously what the fuck

after that, he joins the Commandos, because clearly the normal Army just wasn’t hardcore enough for a dude who willingly opts for a longbow instead of a gun in combat situations. During the Allied invasion of Sicily, he (complete with bow, longsword, and bagpipes) led his Commando unit in an attack on a town near Salerno, in which he:

  • “led personally the attack on a German 4 gun battery”
  • led a troop consisting of one guy on an advance into the town in which they personally captured 42 Germans (out of 100+ captured by the mission as a whole)
  • won a Distinguished Service Order for his “powers of endurance and the cool and unflinching manner in which he exposed himself to danger so that he seemed to bear a charmed life”

(from his recommendation for the VC. available via the National Archives)

eventually his luck ran out during a battle in Yugoslavia, where the story goes that he stood on a hilltop, all the men around him dead or wounded, and played “Will Ye No Come Back Again?” on the bagpipes until the Germans chucked a grenade at him. But even a grenade to the fucking face was not enough to kill Jack Churchill. Nothing was enough to kill Jack Churchill.

Instead, he was knocked unconscious, captured, and sent to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp with other VIPS, because in a literal sitcom of a situation the Germans had gotten him mixed up with Prime Minister Churchill’s brother (also named Jack)

fortunately the mix up didn’t end up mattering much since my dude Jack Churchill immediately escaped the camp anyway

he was recaptured shortly after and transferred to a new camp that was apparently more Mad Jack-proof because he stayed there for about 6 months before getting free (I found some conflicting accounts of how this was accomplished, whether by more Fuckin Extra Shenanigans or by the Nazis simply abandoning the camp) and then walking 150 km god damn kilometers until he met up with some Americans with whom he could fuck shit up until getting back to his own forces

he was eventually posted to Burma but the war ended p much just as he got there, which must have been a relief to anyone living in Burma who valued not having arrows in their vital organs

he stayed in the army after the war, eventually fighting in the middle east. To give you an idea of how he spent his later years, here’s a quote from his 1996 obituary:

When not engaged in military operations Jack Churchill was a quiet, unassuming man, though not above astonishing strangers for the fun of it. In his last job he would sometimes stand up on a train journey from London to his home, open the window and hurl out his briefcase, then calmly resume his seat. Fellow passengers looked on aghast, unaware that he had flung the briefcase into his own back garden.

what the fuck, Jack Churchill. what the fuck.

  • 2016: Trump wins both Republican primary and general election.
  • 2017: In a few months, tensions with China escalate because of Trump's fierce anti-China rhetoric. Trade relations between the two countries deteriorate. Trump uses this to push his popular mercantilistic schemes on the public. The American populace loves it.
  • 2020: Trump consolidates all power by turning the GOP into a centrist party that both the Republicans and Democrats have a hard running against. He wins a second term.
  • 2022: Our relationship with China deteriorates to the point where the US is again in a cold war. Trump, starts his own project called 'Trump Shelters' which he promises, will keep the American populace safe.
  • 2023: Trumpite GOP senators control both the senate and the house. They vote to expand the Presidential term limit.
  • 2024: Trump wins a third election against the Democratic and Republican remnant parties.
  • 2025: With tensions between China and the U.S increasing, Trump elects a new 'cultural policy', to bolster American moral. Architecture, style and culture will be returned to the style of the American 50's. While there are protests, the American populace largely accepts the new measures.
  • 2027: Chinese are considered enemies of the state and Chinese Americans are taken and put into internment camps.
  • 2027: Under the Trump administration, genetic experimentation goes further. The Chinese largely focus their efforts on stealth technology
  • 2028: President Trump tries running for a fourth term, but dies of natural causes in office.
  • 2029: A large private industry called 'Vault Technologies' buys up Trump shelters.
  • 2032: Trump's cultural incentive has been taken up by the vast majority of people and becomes the foundation of culture for the era. The entire world looks like something straight out of 'Leave it to Beaver'.
  • 2040: Europe, which has also been affected by Trump style leadership, starts persecuting the growing Muslim population.
  • 2044: Under the pressures of the times, Coca-Cola changes its name to 'Nuka-Cola'.
  • 2050: European economies collapse causing Europe to invade the Middle East for resources.
  • 2070: China invades Alaska.
  • 2072: US annexes Canada.
  • 2074: US reclaims Anchorage.
  • 2077: Total Nuclear war breaks out between the US and China, destroying civilization as we know it. The only people who survive do so in great underground vaults. Fallout is real.

In a world of vicious dictators, Syria’s Bashar Assad tops the list as a dictator who has killed hundreds of thousands of his own citizens to protect his own power and wealth. His regime’s use of chemical weapons against the men, women and children of his country, in violation of all international conventions and moral standards, makes him a war criminal.

As the most powerful nation on earth, the United States must work with the international community to bring peace and stability to Syria, where over 400,000 people have been killed and over 6 million displaced. The horror of Syria’s civil war is almost unimaginable.

If there’s anything we should’ve learned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in which the lives of thousands of brave American men and women and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghan civilians have been lost and trillions of dollars spent, it’s that it’s easier to get into a war than get out of one. I’m deeply concerned that these strikes could lead to the United States once again being dragged back into the quagmire of long-term military engagement in the Middle East. If the last 15 years have shown anything, it’s that such engagements are disastrous for American security, for the American economy and for the American people.


Bernie Sanders Statement on Syrian Missile Strike

FINALLY! An argument against intervention in Syria in general instead of heaps of war praise from ‘cruise missile liberals’ or weak tea; “He didn’t follow proper procedure! He didn’t follow proper procedure!” from others.

Still need more though. Just say getting into wars is wrong!!!

having seen wonder woman i couldn’t help but feel that ww1 was not the best setting for it given that ww2 is ares’ more popular sequel

they obviously couldn’t do anything about the current war in the middle east for a multitude of reasons but as far as packing a punch and being true to the narrative of an ageless goddess?

i give you: the vietnam war

the bad guys could have been american (gasp!) and the plucky spy that crash-landed into diana’s heart could have been maggie q (whose mother is vietnamese) and everybody else could have been almost exactly the same

you’ve got brutal chemical warfare, young soldiers as canon fodder, and millions of civillians that deserved a protector

it would make for a far more political and queer film and i for one can’t see a downside


Never forget #911 was an inside job. The real terrorists don’t live in the middle east. #NeverForget how you were lied to by your own #government and thousands of #Americans paid with their lives for the sake of #GlobalConquest. Millions of innocent women and children were murdered by the US in the middle east in the process. More soldiers commit suicide per year than actually died in the war on terror. SHAME ON US!!! The 99% have allowed this to happen. The blood is on our hands too. The world will not be destroyed by people who commit evil acts. It will be destroyed by people that sit back and do nothing. #4biddenknowledge #StopWars #JetFuelCantMeltSteelBeams #ImmortalTechnique

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Redemption Arcs

Someone just tried to convince me that Tony Stark and Wanda Maximoff have the same redemption arc. Ignoring the fact that while what Tony Stark did before he was Ironman is arguably not on the same level as joining a Nazi organization in order to kill a man vaguely connected to your parents death, deciding later to kill him but only after you’ve torn him and all of his friends apart, and unleashing the Hulk on a populated city. Ignoring all of that, I still have to disagree. Simply because Wanda would have built the Jericho. 

Let’s look at their redemption arcs. Starting from what they were doing prior. 

1. Wanda Maximoff: joined Hydra in order to gain power so she could avenge her family. 

1. Tony Stark: inherited Stark Industries a weapons company that started during World War II that focused on selling only to the American Governments due to strong beliefs about protecting American Citizens. 

2. Wanda: Hydra was attacked, and Wanda jumped ship and started working for Ultron.

2. Tony Stark: His convoy was attacked and he was nearly killed before being taken to a terrorist cell in the middle east. 

3. Wanda: Unleashed the Hulk on a populated city at the request of Ultron because it was part of a plan to Destroy the Avengers, a plan she did not know the details of. 

3. Tony: Refused to build a weapon for the terrorists despite them using torture techniques (water boarding) to try and convince him, and him already being weakened by the battery hooked up to his chest. 

4. Wanda: rRealizes that Ultron’s plan includes destroying the whole world a place where she lives, and a place that is kinda necessary for her continued survival. This leads her to turn on Ultron and fight against him in Sokovia. 

4. Tony: Tony pretends to agree to build the Jericho but instead builds himself a suit of armor so that he can escape the cave. 

5. Wanda: Stays working with the Avengers and defending the planet. 

5. Tony: Works to destroy any weapons of his still in terrorist hands, stops selling weapons entirely. Kills the person who had been selling weapons to terrorists, and joins the Avengers in order to stop an Alien invasion. 

I’m not really sure where they’re getting the comparison from to be honest. The redemption arcs are nothing alike considering Wanda barely even had one. 


Today Jack sat down and listened to his dad’s annual speech about the events of 9/11. But this time he had questions.

His dad had been repeating ultimately the same lecture every year for as long as Jack could remember, making sure his son knew exactly how important this date was in American as well as global history. At this point Jack could murmur the words softly under his breath word for word in time with his father. 

“Today sixteen years ago, 19 Islamic militant extremists launched a plan that killed 2976 American citizens. Many people lost their lives, but many more lost their confidence in the United States government to keep them safe. More importantly, they lost their faith in humanity. It’s important that you understand that in times of fear, people become paranoid and often overcompensate in order to retain some aspect of control. A lot of people were really scared that day, Jack, and they needed someone to blame. So they blamed Muslims. Many Americans died that day, but over 35,276 Pakistani, 48,644 Afghan, and 1,690,903 Iraqi were fated to die in the ensuing war in the Middle East. That number climbs every day. Innocent people were slotted to die because people were afraid.” 

Jack looked up at his father with round, clear eyes. “But you fought too, right? You went to Pakistan, too.”

Aaron blinked in surprise. His son had ever expressed more than a casual interest in the details of his special assignment before. He nodded solemnly. “You’re right, I did. I was head of a team to try to minimize the innocent people that would die in the war zone. We weren’t always successful. I lost many men and even more civilians in the balance.”


Aaron sighed. “They call it the “war on terror” but the terror isn’t in the terrorist acts. The terror is in the manic desperation the Western Nations acted on, redefining the free world and altering the relations between the 1.7 billion Muslims and the rest of the world. Americans especially now have a deep distrust of Muslims and other peoples from the Middle East. That kind of omnipresent suspicion weighs heavily on the backs of the damned. The strong ones shoulder their burden and continue living their lives trying to survive the war of subterfuge tearing apart their homes, but the weak ones fall victim to the very thing that’s keeping them down. Some become sympathetic to the extremist’s cause and others are forced to participate through threat of violence or their families are held hostage. But don’t think for a second that those people are any different from you or me. People have to do what they can to survive, and we can’t always be proud of it.”

Jack processed what his father was saying. “So they’re being made to fight? That’s stupid! Why don’t we help them?”

Aaron smiled at his son’s goodwill. “Not everyone can overcome their fears. People are still suffering from the horror all those years ago. Remember Kate?”

“She lost her sister, right? And Meg lost her mom and dad?”

“They’ll never forget that. And they never should. Just like how we’ll never forget Mom.”

Jack frowned. “But you got the guy who killed Mom.”

Aaron winced. “Yes. But people who’ve lost family like Kate won’t get the same kind of closure because they don’t know how many people had a hand in their loved ones’ deaths. When I was in Pakistan we were trying to find the people who support the twisted ideology. Because very very very few people who are Muslim are terrorists. Muslims believe in peace and love, just like we do.”

“If it’s not their fault then why are people so mad?”

“Because they’re scared. Every year you’ll hear people say bad things about Muslims around this time and I want you to remember that they’re a good people. They’re victims of terror every bit as much as the people who died on September 11. Do you understand?”

Jack nodded vigorously. “I understand, Dad.”

Aaron pulled his son into a hug, squeezing tightly. Jack’s interest and comprehension of the delicate topic was a relief, but he couldn’t help but want to shelter him from the horrors of the world forever. He was proud, loving, and terrified all at once.

Why Israel is a Problem
  • Question: Which country alone in the Middle East has nuclear weapons?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and bars international inspections?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East seized the sovereign territory of other nations by military force and continues to occupy it in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely violates the international borders of another sovereign state with warplanes and artillery and naval gunfire?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: What American ally in the Middle East has for years sent assassins into other countries to kill its political enemies (a practice sometimes called exporting terrorism)?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: In which country in the Middle East have high-ranking military officers admitted publicly that unarmed prisoners of war were executed?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to prosecute its soldiers who have acknowledged executing prisoners of war?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: What country in the Middle East created 762,000 refugees and refuses to allow them to return to their homes, farms and businesses?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: What country in the Middle East refuses to pay compensation to people whose land, bank accounts and businesses it confiscated?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: In what country in the Middle East was a high-ranking United Nations diplomat assassinated?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: In what country in the Middle East did the man who ordered the assassination of a high-ranking U.N. diplomat become prime minister?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: What country in the Middle East blew up an American diplomatic facility in Egypt and attacked a U.S. ship, the USS Liberty, in international waters, killing 34 and wounding 171 American sailors?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: What country in the Middle East employed a spy, Jonathan Pollard, to steal classified documents and then gave some of them to the Soviet Union?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: What country at first denied any official connection to Pollard, then voted to make him a citizen and has continuously demanded that the American president grant Pollard a full pardon?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: What Middle East country allows American Jewish murderers to flee to its country to escape punishment in the United States and refuses to extradite them once in their custody?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: What Middle East country preaches against hate yet builds a shrine and a memorial for a murderer who killed 29 Palestinians while they prayed in their Mosque.
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: What country on Planet Earth has the second most powerful lobby in the United States, according to a recent Fortune magazine survey of Washington insiders?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East deliberately targeted a U.N. Refugee Camp in Qana, Lebanon and killed 103 innocent men, women, and especially children?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East is in defiance of 69 United Nations Security Council resolutions and has been protected from 29 more by U.S. vetoes?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East receives more than one-third of all U.S. aid yet is the 16th richest country in the world?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East receives U.S. weapons for free and then sells the technology to the Republic of China even at the objections of the U.S.?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely insults the American people by having its Prime Minister address the United States Congress and lecturing them like children on why they have no right to reduce foreign aid?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East had its Prime Minister announce to his staff not to worry about what the United States says because "We control America?"
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: What country in the Middle East was cited by Amnesty International for demolishing more than 4000 innocent Palestinian homes as a means of ethnic cleansing.
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East has just recently used a weapon of mass destruction, a one-ton smart bomb, dropping it in the center of a highly populated area killing 15 civilians including 9 children?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East routinely kills young Palestinian children for no reason other than throwing stones at armored vehicles, bulldozers, or tanks?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East signed the Oslo Accords promising to halt any new Jewish Settlement construction, but instead, has built more than 270 new settlements since the signing?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East has assassinated more than 100 political officials of its opponent in the last 2 years while killing hundreds of civilians in the process, including dozens of children?
  • Answer: Israel
  • Question: Which country in the Middle East regularly violates the Geneva Convention by imposing collective punishment on entire towns, villages, and camps, for the acts of a few, and even goes as far as demolishing entire villages while people are still in their homes?
  • Answer: Israel
Long Drives | Playlist

Long drives require the perfect soundtrack. When I’m a passenger in the back seat I crave whimsical, calming music to accompany me as I gaze longingly at the world outside.

Listen on 8tracks here

  1. Beautiful Calm Driving - Sia
  2. Hide - Little May
  3. Andreas Seahaven
  4. Spiritus - Lisa Mitchell
  5. Little Hell - City & Colour
  6. Dressed for Catholic School - Toy Boats
  7. Breezeblocks - Alt -J
  8. War Cry - Montgomery
  9. Emmylou - First Aid Kit
  10. Bones - Dustin Tebbutt
  11. Bravado - Lorde
  12. 17 - Youth Lagoon
  13. Dojo Rising - Cloud Control
  14. Heart, My - Flamingo
  15. Undertow - Warpaint
  16. Youth - Daughter
  17. Lights - Juliet Piper
  18. VCR - The xx
  19. Never Meant - American Football
  20. Ghosts - Laura Marling
  21. Emmylou Vance Joy
  22. Buzzcut Season Lorde
  23. All I Need View From An Airplane
  24. Back Down South - Kings Of Leon
  25. Another Travelling Song Bright Eyes
  26. Blood The Middle East
  27. Lost In The Light - Bahamas
  28. Jesus Fever - Kurt Vile
  29. A Walk - Tycho
  30. Wait - M83

Stay sweet x

Mel and MJ

CONFIRMED: Red-Band ‘American Assassin’ Trailer This Week
We’ve had a tense teaser trailer released for American Assassin, and now Lionsgate and CBS Films are set to release a full red-band trailer for the adaptation of Vince Flynn’s acclaimed book. It has arrived in North American cinemas this week courtesy Deluxe Digital, and we expect it online in the days ahead.

“American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp, a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley. The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.”

American Assassin is an upcoming action thriller film directed by Michael Cuesta based on Vince Flynn’s 2010 novel of the same name. It stars Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar, and Taylor Kitsch. The movie will be released on September 15, 2017 (USA).

PLOT: A CIA black ops recruit, Mitch Rapp (O'Brien), is devastated by the loss of his girlfriend to a terrorist attack. CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Lathan) assigns Stan Hurley (Keaton) to train a grief-stricken but highly motivated Rapp how to thwart terrorist operations and hunt the perpetrators. Together they investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on military and civilian targets and discover a pattern in the violence that leads them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Kitsch) intent on starting a world war in the Middle East.

anonymous asked:

Civil War reenactors are reenacting white supremacy and we're not going to tolerate it anymore, it's almost 2018 for fuck's sake. Enough! We've had enough of your whiteness.

CURRENT YEAR! There’s still slavery in Africa and the Middle East in 2018 but I guess an innocent hobby is more pressing.

It’s a part of American history. Suck it up, buttercup, and stop justifying hurting people. Maybe that’ll be the first step in your evolution to being a real live decent human being.

I keep seeing liberals talk about arming themselves to fight Trump

Yeah…, lets talk revolutions for a second here.  Armed revolution doesn’t usually work, the vast majority of the time the rebels rise up, get slaughtered, the regime gets more authoritarian in response, a lot of innocent people get killed, the remaining rebels quickly become local warlords and ruthless oppressors to survive, and the right wing authoritarian dictatorship stays in power for decades.  Particuarly when the Right wing has been spending the last 40 years stockpililng guns, vets and militia groups, so when conflict breaks out the left will just get fucking slaughtered (also you think people with shot guns can take on the US military? Really?)

Violent Revolutions usually only works if 

A) The ruling regime cannot maintain its military force.  In the French Revolution, the Monarchy had an economic crisis and couldn’t pay its soldiers, so no soldiers, no army, nobody to protect the regime from pissed off housewives with hatchets.  Violent Revolution is great when the otherside doesn’t have any weapons.  Which isn’t true in the US, the army is well payed, actually its over pays.

Also the French Revolution quickly discovered the joys of auto cannibalism and after decades of strife wound up with a military dictatorship 

B) The army joins the revolution.  In the Russian Revolution the Army joined up with the Communists in order to overthrow the Tsar/Provisional goverment because they were pissed about WWI.  Same with the successful Arab Spring revolts, if the army stands down or joins the people, then Violent Revolution is easy.  But ask the Rebels in Syria how well it works out if the whole army doesn’t defect

Also in most cases you wind up with a military dictatorship….whoops

C) The Regime is so incompetent/distracted that the Rebels have time to train, organize, equip, and drill an army without outside interference. 

In the second Chinese Revolution, Chiang Kai Shek’s KMT forces were distracted fighting the Warlords and then the Japanese, which allowed Mao’s CCP forces the time they needed to organize and create an army without outside interference.  I know this might be a shock to you at home who have been watching Alexander Nesky too much, but training armies is really really fucking hard, it is amazingly expensive, you need a huge logistically apperatius to make sure the army is fed, equipped, clothed, and housed, it takes forever to get an officer corp, chain of command, and army discipline going, and then you need to train the bloody thing.  If the people you are fighting are busy, then yeah that is possible, but if Washington State’s liberals start organizing an army, the US military or the National Guard or the State guard or just local police will come and crush them before they get their act together 

D) Foreign backing.  Revolutions are a lot easier when somebody else is footing the bill, and supplying you with the guns, materials, and military advisers to make revolution possible, But again….the United States has the largest military in the world, so that isn’t an option here

E) Occupying Territory.  If the oppressor is an outside country who have come in and taken your land, then yeah, you have a much better chance of rebllion, particularly if there is an ocean between you and them.  But this is really only possible if you have the full support of the populace, and if the enemy getting to you is a pain in the ass.  In the American Revolution, the three month travel time between Britain and the US allowed us the time to build up our own armies and form our own internal goverment.  The extremely hostile climate of Haiti, Cuba, Vietnam and the Middle East allowed for the same effect, but this wouldn’t be overthrowing a foreign threat, this would be a civil war, and even in the most blue states there are going to be loyalists, and while some of them are going to be Nazis, a lot of them are going to be normal people who either like Trump or just don’t want revolution, and you are going to have to decide what to do with them.  And if history is any guide, what you mr. liberal human rights rebel are going to choose will likely be rounding up anybody with non rebel sentiments and killing them so they won’t be 5th columnists.

   Also the vast majority of violent revolutions end in civil war or military dictatorship, and the more violent the conflict is, the worse the following regime is, so those of you who call for revolution may find your comrades putting a bullet in your brain once its over.  

Now violent revolution should still be an option on the table, but it should be the last resort option, because the moment we open that can of worms, we can’t close it again.  Once you have violent revolution, then Trump is given a go ahead to embrace much more violent oppressive and authoritarian methods that will make what we see here today look like a fucking utopia, and we will be up against the army, the police, the state guard, and all of the right wing militia gun nuts who have been spending decades preparing for this. This is to say nothing of loyalists who will take up arms against us.  Now if Trump suspects the constitution, the nall of that is worth it, everything is ok once the possibility of democracy is gone, but it hasn’t happened yet,   We are up against a man with a 36% approval rating, a 50% disapproval, , rating and a looming civil war with his own party, we can still win this thing non violently, and trust me, the guys on the right are just asking us to do it, because they know they have the advantage in that fight.  

And now we’ve fired on Syrian government forces. It’s hard to get a really good feel for things from newspaper headlines, but I think this is genuinely a significant escalation of U.S. involvement in Syria, and accordingly probably a horrible disaster. Violent involvement in the Middle East with no long term plan beyond bombing the people we’re mad at usually works out so well, after all.

I will observe in very lukewarm defense of our new president that I think lots of the candidates for President would have been tempted to do this. It’s stupid and evil and absolutely on Trump’s hands, but it’s stupid and evil in precisely the fashion that American foreign policy usually is, not in a new or unpredictable way. 

The motive is to retaliate for the use of chemical weapons. The use of chemical weapons is a horrible evil and I understand the impulse to retaliate against that kind of thing, but at some point we as a society have to notice that violent involvement in the Middle East, with no long term plan beyond bombing the people we’re mad at, makes everything worse even when we’ve picked a humanitarian justification.

The Devil’s Work (Chapter 6)

Chapter 6: The Game Of Kings

A/N: This series is completely fictional. A lot has happened this past week, and I know i haven’t been able to update as frequently as I used to because I started school, and I apologize. However, as promised, here is the sixth chapter. Thanks for being patient, and even still having interest, enjoy.

Warning: Triggering and dark content, abuse, language and NSFW content throughout.

Summary: The Dolan Twins are the most notorious siblings around, famous for crimes the public has never seen and the government is desperate to put an end to. Isla Knight was a mere pawn in Grayson Dolan’s actions he had not considered would impact his life. Change comes in unexpected ways for the both of them, and it’s coming in a storm that the devil’s orchestrated.

Chapters: Chapter 1: The Auction, Chapter 2: Welcome, Chapter 3: The Rules, Chapter 4: Masters, Chapter 5: A Night of Preparation 

Word Count: roughly 3,500

To avoid the gazes of other men, Isla held Grayson’s arm tightly, already feeling out of place. Unlike the other guests who were stopped by bouncers with clipboards, upon seeing his face, the velvet red rope was opened for the both of them as they made their way inside. All of Grayson’s men except one, stayed and that man had been the one to sit beside Grayson in the car. 

Subtly, Grayson shifted his arm from hers, and wrapped it securely around her waist. They entered yet another grand hallway, the sky-high walls seemed never ending and an orchestral melody greeted them at the door. Women laughed with poise but the looks in their eyes showed malice and materialism. They entered one floor, separated by a large long curtain and just on the side Isla could not see, boisterous laughter sounded. The side they remained on, donned rows of expensive jewelry, artifacts, and items all with a lit board at its front where women wandered, bidding away their partner’s money. Confused, Isla wondered where their other halves were.

As if to answer her question for her, she and Grayson approached another guard protecting an entrance to the wonders of the hidden side of the curtain. Grayson reached into his pocket, and pulled out a black velvet box. He opened it, showcasing a gold pin intricately shaped into a lion. He held out the box which Isla held with a delicate touch, pinning the lion to his silk lapel. The man immediately unveiled the rope but stopped as Grayson wrapped his arm around Isla’s waist again. 

“No women allowed.”

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Age: 15
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