This is in reference to the thread in GD titled "What does “minimize civilian casualties” mean?
There are many reasonable answers to this question, which is why it belongs in Great Debates rather than General Questions. That said, I’d like to bring to your attention some of the most asinine answers thus far:
Good answer to a question that wasn’t asked. Typical of the way these threads turn out, it provides foreshadowing for what’s to come:
Yep, it’s turning into the typical “US is evil” thread, because of course World War II is comparable in every respect to today’s wars, which is to say that they are not comparable at all, in either tactics or weaponry. This theme continues later with this gem:
What was this thread about? Oh, yes. It was about Iraq. Wait a minute, was it? I’m confused. I was confused then, too, because I followed that post with one of my own in an attempt to steer it away from what it was becoming: a pointless Bush/Iraq thread. Here’s what I said:
Alas, it was to no avail. Diogenes made the following claim:
Even if I take him at his word, which given his history of all Iraq all the time I’m not inclined to do so, if you read the thread you can see how it clearly became about Iraq. It started to get back on track later, until the most recent post which brought nothing to the table, to wit:
Again, a worthy post with absolutely no substantive value and indicative of extraordinary ignorance to boot.
So, what did we learn from this? There is no end to people who cannot stick to the topic at hand, instead turning it into a Bush/Iraq sausage fest as per the norm, flagrantly disregarding the request of the OP:
I’d like to say that I learned something from that thread, but I really didn’t. And so another worthy topic goes down the tubes because of hijacking kibbitzers who don’t really know the answer, they just know that the United States is historically wrong and Iraq is wrong and they will take every opportunity to tell you so.
In closing, may I say that it’s not a bad thing if you don’t know the answer. It’s not even a bad thing if you post the wrong answer. That’s why we have debates, to attempt to hash out the right answer. But if all you have to bring to the table is your oft-posted opinion about something that is not relevant to the topic at hand, please spare us the rhetoric and simply don’t post it.