Sunday, April 30, 2006

How Do You Like Your Eyes?

Video from one of my favorite films as a teenager, Three Days of the Condor [click here]:

Is it any wonder that we've heard administration leaks that tactical nuclear weapons have been considered as part of an attack on Iran? These leaks were duly dismissed as a part of "games. what if? how many men? what would it take?"

Although Three Days of the Condor was made in the 70's and the cryptic predictions were off by at least 15 years and counting, we may soon face that fateful day predicted by the movie. How will we react? Hummer bumper sticker: "Nuke their ass, I want gas" ...or... Bicyclist bumper sticker: "I like empty tanks" Of course there are many more choices for the vast space in between. These are just two [hopefully] humorous extremes.

The Key Scene from Three Days of the Condor:
[Turner]: Boy, what is it with you people? You think not getting caught in a lie is the same thing as telling the truth?

[Higgins]: No. It's simple economics. Today it's oil, right? In 10 or 15 years-- food, plutonium, and maybe even sooner. What do you think the people are going to want us to do then?

[Turner]: Ask them.

[Higgins]: Now now. Then. Ask them when they're running out. Ask them when there's no heat and they're cold. Ask them when their engines stop. Ask them when people who have never known hunger start going hungry. Want to know something? They won't want us to ask them. THEY'LL WANT US TO GET IT FOR THEM.
If the cynics are correct, then we either prepare for the crisis with eyes wide open or back into it by default with eyes wide shut. What say you? What DO you?


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