[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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