Thursday, March 3, 2011


In looking at the situation in Libya and how the rebels are able to respond so well against the trained and established military, it makes me wonder how they do it.  Did you notice the strong resistance to the Libyan Army being put up by these "rebels?"  
When I hear the term rebels it makes me think of someone who was baking bread yesterday or working in the factory, then, by some sort of miraculous turn of events, is now beating back the forces of the career soldiers of the army.  What I don't get either, is where do they suddenly get all the guns, rockets and camo, we see on the news and in photographs?  It's like they had this stuff up in the attic and ran up to get it when the shit started hitting the fan.  Not only that, they are better at using it than the army.  Go figure!   I love that they all appear to have guns and endless ammunition to shoot into the air but, they can't grow a fricken tomato to feed themselves and we are supposed to pity them for being hungry.  The solution would be simple.  Put down your guns and go find a hoe and some seeds and work on feeding yourself and your family.  Make that your priority instead of jumping around in the streets, waving your fists and firing off your machine guns. 

Anyway, for the most part, war and violence is all these people understand.  For them it is a way of life and something that is passed on from one generation to the next.  This is why they are so hard to defeat.  They don't think in terms of, "I'm going to defeat you."  They think in terms of, "My grandson will defeat your grandson."  It's all long term for them.  They have the great advantage of patience.  That is a concept we Americans no longer understand.  Our "push button" mentality has trained us that results should occur in days or weeks or sometimes months but, certainly not years or even decades.  If we are defeated it will most likely be a result of our lack of patience and ability to complete a task in the long term. 

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