From: Iowan in MD/DC
I think people need to cool it. There's been a bit of back and forth incendiary in this thread, partially due to built-up bad blood in past threads. Rather than spouting or responding to such incendiary, either stick to the thread topic and its merits/demerits or don't post at all. For both of you, I think that's the best course here.
It went south when Lokennsa made it personal. I wanted a civil discussion about the incident between India and Pakistan. He didn't like it and made it known he was going keep going on with his disdain for the thread.
I'm sorry, but your thread title implies something entirely different - that the focus of the thread is on "the darling of the military-industrial complex", which is a completely loaded title. Which, assuming you learned how the green button works and decided that you'd rather bubble yourself off from any challenge or criticism of your posted positions, you'll never see because you've presumably buttoned me. Saying, essentially, "this nonsense again?" (while admittedly borderline rude) is not a personal attack. It's also a thread in the general subforum for WITP, where threads routinely veer wildly away from the original topic to anything even tangentially related or even completely unrelated joking between members of the community.
As for previous "bad blood", a few months ago I just helped this guy out with a movement question in another subforum. I'm honestly not even sure he realized that I was the one who'd posted what he even acknowledged was a helpful response to him.
As I previously stated, this is a community made up of all of us. As a member of the community, I am not going to remain silent in the face of browbeating and combatively-stated opinions with little in the way of fact backing them up, especially when such statements appear to be an attempt to ideologize the forum and turn it into an echo chamber that drives away opposing viewpoints. To not respond in as polite a fashion as possible, especially when we only have one (albeit very good) moderator, is to lose that battle by default.
< Message edited by Lokasenna -- 3/7/2019 5:58:51 PM >