In the Reticle: Dan Simmons
|Instead of his normal message to fans, in April 2006, Dan Simmons wrote a short story calling for nothing short of the genocide of Islamic peoples. You know....before they do the same to us.|
Now I have been known to poke fun at Simmons in the past for his inability to end a novel in a compelling fashion. (Illium, Olympos, Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, Rise of Endymion, etc.) However, I've never uttered -- nor heard spoken -- a negative word about the man himself. If you, dear reader, find yourself in the same boat, prepare to abandon ship.
I submit that that not only is his logic flawed in this fear-mongering shite, but that it's ever-so-simple to talk about ruthlessness when one has not fired a weapon at an enemy of your country. It is easy to be a war-mongering chickenhawk now, when one avoided service to his country during Vietnam, and is now too old to ever need fear being shot at.
Lt General Greg Newbold USMC (ret) said it best in an article in the April 9th edition of Time Magazine. "...we must never again stand by quietly while those ignorant of and casual about war lead us into another one..."
Dan Simmons was born the same year as my father. He has seen more, read more, and experienced much more than I ever have, and in many ways ever will. What he is incredibly ignorant of is the reality of war, something I have been cursed with experiencing first hand in the Middle East, the former Yugoslavia, and in numerous war ravaged nations in Africa.
I vehemently challenge his infantile notions that we must do unto others before they can do unto us. We are occupying a country that has never committed one single act of war or terrorism against the United States of America, for reasons of fear and ego and wealth.
Simmon's analogy comparing aviation to a religion is both preposterous and terrifying, because there are indeed people who can't see through such nonsense. A science does not represent hundeds of millions of people --the argument doesn't even deserve to be referenced as a straw man. Vitriol like this makes it impossible for people to find common ground; improbable that we will ever know peace.
A story such as this, where a cowardly Simmons hides his hate for millions in the guise of fiction, is no worse nor more detrimental to peace than the actions of organizations like Al Queda and the P.L.O. Beware any man who lusts for war, for he has no fucking clue what he is talking about.
Anyone want a free copy Hyperion? How about Song of Kali?