The “Moderation” of Sniggering War-Mongers

by Daniel Jupp

If they don’t do it soon, there will be nothing left but death, destruction, and carnage. This is a war that never should have happened, but it did. The solution can never be as good as it would have been before the shooting started, but there is a solution, and it should be figured out now—not later—when everyone will be DEAD! (Donald Trump)

Trumpism. That terrifying extreme of figuring out solutions that don’t involve death, destruction and carnage.

Meanwhile the moderate adults in the room are writing articles saying that it’s time for the US to prove they could win a nuclear war.

The only way to do so being, of course, an actual fucking nuclear war.

At what point, after exactly how many bombs, how many illegal regime changes, how many disastrous interventions, how many shattered nations, how many hypocritical invasions, how many times supplying arms to foreign militias, foreign armies and foreign terrorists, do we consider the adults in the room… be terrorists?

The only real difference I can see is that other terrorists are serious people. Sick people, evil people, but also serious. I take it as a given that the IRA for example genuinely believe their evil horseshit view of the world, and that every lunatic Palestinian or Muslim murderer genuinely believes in the whole backwards Iron Age crap they have been indoctrinated with. They are both vile and sincere.

Russians or Ukrainians who do evil are, on the whole, also pretty serious about it.

It is the peculiar achievement of the modern West that it is lack of seriousness, rather than the over-abundance of seriousness, that makes us evil. It is because the adults in the room are in fact the most indulged adolescents on the planet. It is because everything is a game to them, a game in which the most ludicrous things are equal to or more important than the most serious things. A game in which there are never thought to be consequences of even the most terrible, deadly and substantial foreign policy errors.

Trump has looked at Ukraine with a serious eye, and wants efforts towards immediate negotiations. A Johnson or a Macron or a Trudeau is playing a role, acting in a game, and wants to keep supplying arms, provoking and encouraging and extending the war.

The road to hell is paved with childish petty gods, playing games.


  1. I do not understand why we in the west would want to keep provoking Vladimir Putin. We routinely lob insults at him, threats that he whould be deposed, even calls for his assassination. And we wonder why he sees us as the enemy.
    The other thing that amazes me is that nobody in the west ever considers that he might have a valid point in not wanting to be surrounded on his western border by ever-more hostile NATO forces. JFK, quite reasonably, would not tolerate Soviet missiles on his doorstep, yet we expect Putin to tolerate a similar situation on his border.
    My argument begins and ends with the premise that this whole thing is absolutely none of our business. By piling arms into Ukraine to fight our proxy war, we are merely prolonging the agony. The worst possible outcome would be for Ukraine to ‘win’ this conflict. Then we shall have backed Putin into a corner. Russia simply will not tolerate NATO on its doorstep, and if forced to do so in a military defeat, we will be storing up massive problems for the future.Russia’s next leader will make Putin look like Santa Claus – a Russian Adolf Hitler perhaps?

  2. The beauty of this piece is the complete absence of any factual claims. I mean this as a complement. It is a pure opinion piece, an editorial about a factual situation about which we all know, even thoiugh we aren’t getting as many facts as we might prefer. Since my opinion is similar to that of the writer, I like this.

    What is also clear, to me, is that most mainstream news coverage I have seen, which (unlike this) does contain the odd fact, is heavily laden with editorialising like this. Except the gist of manstream editorialising isn’t, as here, that jaw-jaw is better than war-war. The gist of nearly all mainstream media editorialising in the west is that the Russians are the baddies, and the Ukrainians are the goodies.

    Because this is pure editorial, devoid of facts, I feel safe tweeting a link to it. Twitter cannot justly accuse me of spreading misinformation if I do, because there isn’t any information here, so there cannot be any false information.

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