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Jan. 27th, 2009 08:51 am
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Oh, Show. You and your lovely parallels.


I have been debating with myself about the POTUS, if she's doing the right thing by not withdrawing troops from Sangla. I can see both sides of the argument. -[info]marinw

Si over on armbell commented that this is why we need to support a functioning U.N., instead of allowing one country to appoint itself Policeman of the World.

I think that's worth thinking about. Clearly, Sangala needs to be helped. But equally clearly, a single nation is far too vulnerable to threats and blackmail. If Dubuku knew that France, England, South Africa and six guys from Canada were also standing by, things might be different.

In terms of the show, there's a wonderful parallel between the U.S. going off on its own and doing the right thing at tremendous cost to itself and Jack operating outside his agency to do the right thing at tremendous cost to himself. Wouldn't it be better if both Jack and the President had the support of organizations that worked?

In terms of tactics, though, has POTUS never heard of bluffing? Why doesn't she move the troops around a bit to make it look like they're withdrawing to buy herself more time? As the invasion will apparently be a failure without Mtobo (sp?), they need to find him before they go ahead anyway.

Oh, and? [livejournal.com profile] kcountess wins the prize for having Bill save Renee. The dialogue was pretty close too. "Uh, you shot me and buried me alive, Jack. What do you think?" Luffed.

Date: 2009-01-27 04:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marinw.livejournal.com
Good idea about the POTUS.

When the UN pulled out of Gaza, I immediatly thought of Redemption: The UN is a noble idea, but how do they function without military backup?

Date: 2009-01-27 04:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cybertoothtiger.livejournal.com
Well, there's a difference between UN Peacekeepers and UN as peace-makers. The first is where they stand between the fighting factions, as in Cyprus. The second is when they step in and use force to stop the slaughter. I think the UN's reluctance to do the latter (e.g., in Rwanda) is what has caused the U.S. to take on that role for itself, with less than satisfactory results, because there is a lack of consensus about when and where that sort of force should be used.


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