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Memorial Monday: Neither Shall They Learn War Any More

Posted on: May 25, 2015

It’s Memorial Day, Widdershins, and my thoughts are turning to those who have fought, suffered, and died for our country’s many military endeavors. The last “good” one, by most lights, was World War Two. Since then we have intervened in many a country’s affairs, including Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and others we don’t even “officially” acknowledge. None of these interventions have gone well for us, and I expect that the current efforts against ISIS will be similarly ineffective. Let’s face it – non-state actors, nuclear and chemical weapons have made traditional war obsolete. But our society, globally speaking, is too addicted to war and violence to think of any other way to run things. And I think there’s only one way to change the way things are, and have been for thousands of years.

It’s the only thing we haven’t tried…putting more women in charge. And who better to start this trend, than Hillary Clinton?

But but but, Hillary voted for the WAR! I hear the “progressives” moan. Oh yes, she voted for the AUMF…but if she were President, does anyone think she would have invaded Iraq after 9/11? Would she really have believed an intelligence agent nicknamed “Curve Ball” and a pathetic story about yellowcake uranium? Are people so blinded by that vote that they think she is as bloodthirsty as Bush? Or even, as bloodthirsty as Barack Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize winner who has made death by drones infamous?

The wars men wage are, basically, over resources and religious fanaticism; sometimes both. I would argue that one causes the other, or at least influences it. The vicious cycle of neo-conservative, Project for the New American Century “American Exceptionalism” will continue until we change our modus operandi. And to change the way we work, we need to change the way we think. It has been proven that women think differently and lead differently, and I think we need that difference in order to break that cycle.

The opposite behaviors that stem from the different wiring of men and women can be seen in the way they lead. One style of leadership is not better than, or more correct than the other – they are just different. Although their styles differ, they are complementary and valuable at work. The table below shows the leadership styles generally attributed to men and women.

Leadership Table

I truly believe the world is out of balance. We need women to join male leaders in equal partnership, to become a powerful force for peace. What else is all this really about? The stunning impact of Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In;” the ever-increasing pressure on corporations and governments to have at least 30% female representation on boards and in governing bodies; the UN’s “He for She” movement…it’s about global, transformational change. And believe me when I say, as a woman who has read hundreds of articles on this topic, the need for women leaders is a wave saturating the collective consciousness of powerful nations and corporations everywhere.

The Bible says, “And they shall beat their swords into plowshares…neither shall they learn war any more.” I hope we live to see it happen, with the help of our sisters and brothers everywhere…starting with Hillary Clinton as President in 2016.

This is an open thread.


27 Responses to "Memorial Monday: Neither Shall They Learn War Any More"

MB: When the “progressives” start that shite, I like to point to this in the resolution:

The resolution “supported” and “encouraged” diplomatic efforts by President George W. Bush to “strictly enforce through the U.N. Security Council all relevant Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq” and “obtain prompt and decisive action by the Security Council to ensure that Iraq abandons its strategy of delay, evasion, and noncompliance and promptly and strictly complies with all relevant Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.

Perhaps Hillary, along with the others who voted for it, thought Dubya was going to work through the U.N. instead of just going through the motions.

In honor of the day I will say thank you to all the members of the Armed Forces who gave their lives in defense of the country.

Excellent post, MB.

“I ain’t gonna study war no more.”

Completely off-topic, and I hate to use that phrase “Where else but in nola…” but anyway, folks celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of Ruth’s Chris Steak House with a celebration in Metairie Cemetery in front of Fertel’s tomb.

The folks at Ruth’s Chris Steak House wanted to bring the party to its charismatic founder Ruth Fertel, who died in 2002 and occupies a cocoa-colored marble Metairie Cemetery crypt marked Fertel-Duke.

Fertel is a Crescent City culinary legend. As a 38-year-old single mother searching for a career, she spotted an ad in The Times-Picayune offering a Broad Street restaurant, Chris’ Steak House for sale. That was 1965. Fast forward 50 years and Fertel’s first restaurant, rechristened Ruth’s Chris Steak House, has mushroomed into an international empire, with locations as far away as Tokyo.

Beautiful, Beata! Fredster, good point about the AUMF. There were some procedures that Bush was supposed to follow prior to barreling in there like a lunatic. And, I always wondered about the name “Ruth’s Chris.” 😊

mb@5: I always thought the story of Ruth Fertel was a great success story for a man or a woman, but especially a woman in 1965.

I went to the original restaurant a few times, but oh, it was definitely not cheap.

Yes, that is a restaurant for special occasions!!

@9: The Still4Hill site has some excellent photos of Hillary and Bill at the Memorial Day event.

Thanks Beata!

@4 & 6: Another restaurant I have never been to! Sounds good.

I’m having a brain-tumor related “event” tonight. Not feeling well. Need to check out. Keep a good thought for me.

Hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day. xoxo

Beata@12: The times I went I got either the New York strip or ribeye and the broiled tomatoes. Delish!

Beata@13: Oh no! I hope you feel better soon.


Beata@13 : Sending good thoughts and sweet dreams.

Sending best wishes and good vibes to you Beata!

MB, love the post. I have had this same thought: “…the need for women leaders is a wave saturating the collective consciousness of powerful nations and corporations everywhere.” for some time now.

We took Laker to Ruth’s Chris’ for his 21st. He had his first legal drink there. It was fun, they made a big fuss over him.

annie@19: The last time I went to a Ruth’s was in nola before Katrina so it’s been a long time for me. How was the one y’all went to? I understand that they are franchise but was wondering how your meal was.

Thanks for the good wishes, Widdershins. I’m on a new medication that is causing a lot of side effects. Going to see my doctor soon.

Sorry I haven’t been around much. The pollen count s astronomical and the allergy meds make me incredibly sleepy.

LOL! Put me into that category of the walking wounded too. The meds I was taking for allergy and sinus have decided not to work anymore so we’re going through some trial and error to find what may work. Nothing serious but just irritating as hell.

Beata, hope you are able to get a resolution on your problems with the new medication.

I have felt really crappy lately also. Have been dieting and doing liver cleanse stuff, and when you lose weight and detox, you feel horrible for the first few weeks, then you feel great.

Fredster, we went to Vegas because a friend gave us his two bedroom condo for free for 3 nights for Laker’s bday, so it was hard to say no. I really don’t like Vegas, and I don’t gamble. We usually only go there if there’s a show we want to see. Anyway, since it was free, we went, although we skipped the first night and just stayed for two. The Ruth’s Chris was very nice, same as the one here. Someone had given us a $100 gift cert for them, so that was helpful. We went there on our 25th anniversary last year, but we rarely go there. As MB says, its for special occasions.

Fredster, you’re lucky you got to go to the original Ruth’s. Very cool!

@annie: Yay for Cali!!

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