Iran is not some fictive evil empire; its rulers are not Mings the Merciless. It’s a nation full of people trying to lead decent lives in spite of the corruption and madness of their state, just as America is a nation full of people trying to lead decent lives in spite of the corruption and madness of their state, just as all nations and all peoples are, in their own way, such. War is an unmitigated evil. I’m going to repeat myself here. Accepting (and I don’t) that some wars, sometimes, are truly necessary doesn’t dissolve the evil or absolve people or nations from their participation in them; they can never fully be atoned for or forgiven. And I am talking about, you know, fighting the Nazis! Invading some country for the hell of it, supporting that invasion because you find yourself incapable of mustering sufficient skepticism toward the reporting in the New York Times, for god’s sake? Good lord, don’t quit your day job

"Centrifugal State" - Who Is IOZ

I hate to just plop down the conclusion to a piece, but this contains a crucial point I can’t emphasize enough, even at the risk of being repetitive and repeating IOZ’s┬árepetitions:

Accepting (and I don’t) that some wars, sometimes, are truly necessary doesn’t dissolve the evil or absolve people or nations from their participation in them; they can never fully be atoned for or forgiven.

This I believe to be one of the truths underpinning the tragedy that is the “victors” in war. Even the victors of war (or revolution!) must condemn themselves when all is said done, anything less is not enough. Sadly, this never seems to happen, certainly not when the State wages war.

today in unpopular opinions. 
The solutions of the past are not the solutions of today and our concept of the past is not the umwelt (for lack of a better word) of how the past was experienced and neither of these is how the past actually was. All dogma creates blindness and even the most well-intentioned and “ethical” dogma creates actions at cross-purposes with aims.

today in unpopular opinions.

The solutions of the past are not the solutions of today and our concept of the past is not the umwelt (for lack of a better word) of how the past was experienced and neither of these is how the past actually was. All dogma creates blindness and even the most well-intentioned and “ethical” dogma creates actions at cross-purposes with aims.

A beautiful description of what history (or even History) can be

But maybe one day or the other the story, I do not say “History”, will paint a real picture of all these events, not a picture with “Hurra-Patriotisme,” not a picture with medals and Glory, but just something we had unto ourselves, something in which we believed, something for which we lived and for which people like your father died

found in a letter from a strong French woman describing her life under Nazi occupation to a researcher.