Sethra on Iraq

Mon Feb 3 08:38:52 PST 2003

On Fri, 31 Jan 2003, J.Jasper wrote:

> "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.

It could also be that the defender tends to be the instigator of the
fight, no? That's how I've taken that passage.

--Brother Ike