[FoRK] U.S. Undocumented Immigrant Numbers Surge

Ian Andrew Bell (FoRK) fork at ianbell.com
Tue Mar 22 00:50:26 PST 2005

On 21-Mar-05, at 8:33 PM, Stephen D. Williams wrote:

> Of course it's a big deal to remove corruption from a society.  Those 
> suffering from corruption should get together to confront it.

You don't go to war on an empty stomach.  Thus, most of the twentieth 
century's revolutionaries (Castro, Guevara, Al Zarqawi, Al Zawahiri, 
Bin Laden, Ho Chi Minh, Arafat, McKevitt, Sands, the list goes on..) 
have been or were the descendants of wealthy intellectuals.  Peasants 
simply do not revolt without a compelling, articulate leader from the 
politician class.  Even then, effective leaders have succeeded only by 
mustering the economic might to create a warrior class -- ie. people 
who contribute nothing to the economy of warfare but their ability to 
fight or make bombs.  One reason why Hamas/PLO has resorted to car 
bombs and people-bombs as their main weapon is that it allows those 
from outside the warrior class to participate too, thus allowing them 
to maintain a relatively small army while still having big impact.

The point is, it ain't easy being green.


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