FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Monday, August 16, 2010

Pentagon Protester of the Week: The best part of waking up...

NOTE:  For those who don't know,  every Monday morning the Pentagon allows only the biggest idiots best and brightest dissenters to post up on the grassy area by the Metro entrance escalators and display their signs. 

This Monday the first sign I noticed coming up the escalator was:

"Turn swords into plowshares"

Which immediately made me think: what the heck is a plowshare.  Which led me to:

In agriculture, a plowshare (or ploughshare) is a component of a plow (plough). It is the cutting or leading edge of a moldboard which closely follows the coulter (one or more ground-breaking spikes) when plowing.
The plowshare itself is often a hardened blade dressed into an integral mouldboard (by the blacksmith) so making a unified combination of plowshare and moldboard, the whole being responsible for entering the cleft in the earth (made by the coulter's first cutting-through) and turning the earth over.
Okay, so our protester of the week Comrade Birkenstocks is obviously a fan of Michael Jackson's 1991 single Heal the World  or maybe just a fan of the book of Isaiah. 
     Either way, I took his sign to mean that we should take our swords and fashion them so as to be able to attach them to plows and become farmers instead of warriors. 
     I would love to get on board with him, unfortunately we don't use swords anymore and I don't see how to convert an M-16s or H-60 Seahawk onto a plow.  But maybe he could update his sign to:

Turn Search and Rescue helicopters into civilian Search and Rescue helicopters

or since there aren't too many weapons systems in use inside the Pentagon proper:

Turn desks into farmhouses or teepees

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