Monday, July 28, 2008

I Am Going To Answer Sergei Here...

because I can't answer him over there.

Sergei said on Newshounds...

I can't help but think of all of the death threats, wishes for death, and threats of civil war I've seen here over the years. I very much fear that this is just the beginning.

Are you happy now, G-Dawg? Are you happy now, Ranger? 2008? Legion? Chinaskee? You have brought this country to the point where I can seriously envision it becoming like Iraq in the near future. Are you happy now?

7 comments:

Count Istvan said...

One last thing on this. Here in Omaha we had a random shooting of an African American girl after the NFC Championship game because the Giants beat the Packers and in some fools mind that meant the Black team beat the White team with help of the officials.

The truth is that Son Of A Bitch was sick and would have snapped at something, anything. It just so happened to be a football game. That's the way I feel about this clown. They can blame his reading material all they want to but he would have snapped no matter what. he was obviously sick. I honestly think the rash of sick minds we have seen in the last few years is more a sign that our health care mental and physical has failed us than it is we are headed towards a religious and political civil war.

Ralph said...
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Ralph said...

AMERICA BECOMING ANOTHER IRAQ?!?!?!

'TARD!

WE FIGHT THEM THERE SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO FIGHT THEM HERE!!!!

AND REMEMBER, THE MAIN SOURCE OF POLITICAL DEATH-THREATS!!!

YOUR BELOVED PIAPS AND HER GOONS REGULARLY THREATEN SENATOR OBAMA AND PRO-AMERICAN BLOGGERS, THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR PETS!!!!

YOU ARE EXPOSED!!!!

Sergei Andropov said...

Unfortunately, it is very possible for this kind of thing to snowball. Could a civil war erupt overnight? No, of course not. However, consider this possibility:

This guy attacks the UU church in Knoxville. He inspires some other conservative nut to do something similar. At this point, a liberal nut comes to the conclusion that liberals are under attack and retaliates. Note that so far we have only used three nuts, and that the third was not quite as nutty as the first two. Three nuts out of three hundred million Americans is, as you say, a "vast vast vast minority". However, now that there has been an act of violence against conservatives, all those conservative nuts who had been thinking there might be a civil war in the works but were not nutty enough to make the first move come to the conclusion that the war is starting and enter the fray. Let's say that there are fifteen of these people — still a tiny minority of the population. This in turn would set off their fifteen or so liberal counterparts. Let's say that this all happens over the course of about a month. Even though just one ten millionth of America's population would be involved, every several days news of another attack would be on the front page. This i turn would convince the people who were not quite as nutty as the last group, and so on and so forth.

This is pretty much what happened in Iraq. Iraq had been a pretty non-sectarian place. People didn't really care whether you were Shia or Sunni. Then, the most radical Sunni group, al-Qaeda, attacked a very prominent Shiah holy place. While the vast majority of Shiah called for restraint, the most radical groups retaliated, destroying numerous Sunni mosques. This in turn caused Sunni groups other than al-Qaeda to retaliate, and soon the country was engulfed in civil war.

Count Istvan said...

Should I erase Ralph or should I leave it as a perfect example of another mentally disturbed right-winger?

et said...

Should I erase Ralph...

Nah, leave him there. Every utterance he makes proves your point, Count!

I hope we're all too reasonable at heart for incidents like this to snowball out of control. But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried that we may be altogether too close to that "tipping point."

godzilla104 said...

If the country were not so divided politically right now, I would agree with you and the Count, ET. However, I am tending to see Sergei's logic. I too, have seen this same pattern before in civil disturbances. With a civilian population so polarized, all it takes is a small spark or two to fan the flames of civil war. Remember our first civil war. A small number decided to break away, and attacked a federal fort. This in turn created a cascade effect in which others who were decidedly more level headed, decided to do what had been discussed, but had been up to that point unthinkable.

Even the biggest of avalanches are started by the smallest of pebbles.

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