Realism or … ?

from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Fancy opinion polls should not be taken too seriously but those of the Pew Research Centre have, or perhaps only had, a relatively good reputation.

Opinion polls can be manipulated, suppressed or ignored. For example, many polls showed that the US involvement in the war against North Vietnamese invaders was supported by the majority of Americans right until the end in April 1974. These were ignored. The media were full of images of screeching teenagers. Spineless politicians took notice of the medial misreporting, which, quite likely, suited their cuckservative mentality anyway. Some, like Kissinger, had more sinister agenda.

Thus, take the following with a large grain of salt – In June 2015 the Pew Research Centre asked for response to this statement: “If Russia is in conflict with a neighbouring NATO ally, our country should not use military force to defend the ally.”

Putin.winter.capAlmost 60% of Germans, over 50% of Frenchmen, about 50% of Italians, about 35% of Brits and Americans and 30% of Poles agreed. Putin must had been pleased with this result, knowing that if politicians of those countries were asked and their anonymity assured, the positive response would be around 90%.

Pacifism, whether puerile or “sophisticated” (in the sense of sophistry) encourages the aggressor by exposing the prevailing cowardice of the target population. One wonders how would the NATO “citizens” respond to:

If Russia is in conflict with my country, our country should not use military force to defend itself.

Or even:

If Russia is in conflict with my country, it would be America’s fault.

There are no prizes for guessing what the response would be if the Brits, or more precisely the occupants of British islands were asked about an attack on Britain by, say, Syria or Iran.

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About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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4 Responses to Realism or … ?

  1. Frantik says:

    I wish you could pick up less depressing subjects.

  2. Dingo Bell says:

    “Cuckservatives” fits the Aussie Coalition to a T.

  3. Sartory says:

    Immoral people are cowardly. No faith, no love = No hope.

  4. Mad Ness says:

    I’m too old to care. Let the youngsters suffer.

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