Sethra on Iraq

Chris Olson - SunPS Chrisf.Olson at Sun.COM
Fri Jan 31 13:59:59 PST 2003

> I can't believe no one has started this topic yet, and as much as I hate
> to do it I can't let it go any further. Doesn't anyone see
> anything...well, ironic in comparing Sethra Lavode's lessons on war to
> our current political situation? Remember the bit about "It's not the
> aggressor who starts the war, it's the defender"? Yeah. I agree with
> Vlad, I couldn't quite see that either.

Heh.  As I recall, her response to him not seeing it was
that, if the defender would just lie down and be subjugated,
there would be no need for the war.

But that's like saying "Hey, if a bully is beating on you, and
you don't fight back, it's not really a fight; it's just
a beat-down.  It's only a fight when you fight back."

One can see how Sethra became such a good general, however...:)

Chris (Who agrees with Vlad on this one, though understand the

"He is a lover of his country who rebukes and does
not excuse its sins." - Frederick Douglass