The horror of war is only ever equivocable to its absurdity. As much as we must negotiate and navigate such catastrophes where and when they occur, I am uncertain that our collaborative historical analyses provide much more than a resonant disincentive to engage with and enter into the wars that appear to be as inevitable as they are regrettable. We are well versed in the wistful retrospect of accurate and eloquent historical analyses, and for all of which we should be very grateful, but we remain equally unable to effectively interdict the eternal return of these brutal dictators and all their attendant ideological pathologies.
My contention, quite far beyond (and yet inflected by) Vladimir Putin’s monumental strategic ineptitude, is that we are well versed in the construction of interpretive frameworks around what has happened and what is currently happening but I wonder where we might find the technologies of predictive interdiction and complexity management with which we might seek to disentangle these problematic futures before they even begin forming.
The only reason we need smart weapons is because we are collectively and as a species not clever enough to stop fighting wars. Are we similarly so endemically oriented towards the psychological as cultural or narrative traumas and injustices of history as percolating entropies of fear and suffering that we can not see beyond them to a more peaceful world? This may represent an unresolvable enigma because plausible solutions are a function of the gestalt systemic complexity and conspicuously absent global unity that forever lies, unknown, just beyond the boundaries of thought, language and knowledge.
Freedom and democracy absolutely must be defended but how can we do so without simply, unwittingly and serially reproducing a world in which tyrants endlessly oscillate as dissonant signals in all the noise? Any fool can start a war but it takes authentic talent to cultivate and sustain a peace.