Where I Pontificate
This whole situation just reaffirms my original position that Syria and Iran and Saudi Arabia should have been our focus (United States) instead of the more secular Iraq.
You know that quote from Plato, "Only the dead have seen the end of war" -- well I believe it. Mankind has just not been out of the trees long enough to maintain any kind of peaceful civilization for any kind of noticable duration. Sure, you get a couple of hundred years of peace here or there, but it's nothing to speak of. War is a condition human beings need to get used to, because it's always going to be with us. We fight over land, we fight over religion, we fight over rights, we fight over power. The constant is that we fight. In fact, right here in New Orleans, as soon as the winds began to abate, the social order collapsed and looting and skirmishing picked up. And the looting wasn't limited to people in need who were searching to meet their needs for survival; rather, residences and businesses were looted of everything from food to plasma television sets by people ranging in class from the cyclically poor to the political class and their enforcement agencies. It seems like man is never more than one thunderstorm away from turning on his neighbor.
I guess I don't find it depressing, since it's part of the human condition. It's as natural for man as sex. Maybe we will evolve past it, or maybe we're a hundred generations or less away from extinction.