The War

A Soviet military intelligence officer who uses the pen name Viktor Suvorov wrote several books about his career. In one he relates his induction into the USSR’s foreign military intelligence service, the GRU.

As cover he is being interviewed for a position as a foreign military advisor. He is asked where he would like to go. He replies, “The war is over in the hot and wet countries (meaning Southeast Asia) but not the hot and dry countries (meaning the Middle East) so I would like to go to the hot and dry countries.”

“That,” one of his interviewers tells him, “is where you are wrong. The war is going on everywhere, all the time.”

The interviewer meant that the struggle as broadly defined- far more than just combat, but all the measures taken to overcome the enemy- was always going on, and the task for which Suvorov was being evaluated, the collection of intelligence under diplomatic cover in foreign countries, was every bit as much a part of this as a battle between armed, uniformed soldiers.

The war is in truth going on everywhere, all the time. You are a soldier in it whether you like it or not. You will fight every day until you die. Keep this in mind always.


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I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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5 Responses to The War

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  2. Hizzle says:

    Reminds me of the Bukowski story where he’s in a bar and some kid whose friend is in Vietnam asked him what he thought of the War. “When you get in a cab, that’s a war. When you stand in line for bread, that’s a war.”

    It’s painfully obvious at this point (contra one of your earlier posts) that neither having us cowed nor dead is enough to satisfy the left. The data about white death rates due to opioids is all over the place now, and the good people still can’t shut up about white privilege. I’m not sure what level of annihilation comes after death, but that’s what the left would like to do to us. Some Indians believed burying their enemies face-down was a good way to make sure their souls didn’t pass correctly into the afterlife. Maybe Tim Wise wants to make sure that all the whites dying in Appalachia are buried face-down so they don’t get any undue privileges in the afterlife.

    It’s not only important to remember that we’re in a war, but that those trying to tell us constantly who are our enemies are, are in fact our enemies. I saw a poll that shows most conservatives have a better view of Vladimir Putin than of Barack Obama, which makes sense, as I’d hazard Vladimir Putin despises me less than Obama does. I think Trump is screwing up all kinds of things, but the left still hates him too much for me to do anything but love him.

  3. Wrong. The War is at the Bank in the Boardroom. When the debts become unpayable and the bottom line is threatened, then suddenly “kids are dying” and “dirty Huns, Japs, Iraqis, Terrorists, or Syrian Dictators” are to blame. Like Smedley Butler said, “All Wars are Banker Wars”. What’s the bottom line, that’s all that Matters.
    Trump just started another NINTENDO WAR in Syria. Business must be bad at the bank.

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