Sethra on Iraq

Fri Jan 31 18:48:44 PST 2003

"Ruhlen, Rachel Louise (UMC-Student)" wrote:
> 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.

In a sense, war can't happen if there's no defence.  If you surrender,
and just let the attacker have what he/she wants, there's no war.  You
also loose what you have.  

Of course, if there's no attack, then there's no war either.  Sethra is
just stating one side of the equation.