WickedPinto and the “one hardened old soldier who was always negative…”

August 22, 2006 at 2:09 am (Amusement, Books, Personal, War)

I’m going to do something I rarely do: speak about a specific commenter. I mention a number of y’all, but I’ve never really posted about my thoughts about any specific commenter.

WickedPinto is unique. He has already made a name for himself on the internets, particularly on the Ace of Spades HQ. Some people like his comments, others ignore then, and yet others seem to dislike them. WickedPinto is very forthright and direct. He says what he means and means what he says. There’s a frankness and integrity to him that I find refreshing.

And although he doesn’t have a doctorate, like many aware, street-smart, and book-smart people, he is quite insightful, thought-provoking, and sound.

I don’t agree with everything he says, but I always want to hear his opinion anyway. Especially when things are so confusing, his views are excellent to bring one’s focus on what matters.

I hope this will also convince others to speak up: your thoughts are always welcome. I enjoy hearing what other people think. It’s nice to “hear” voices other than those in my head. 😉

That said, I think his recent comment deserves to be posted here. (I love it that all comments get emailed to me! By the way, this is how you can all be sure I read every single comment made.) This is a good explanation of why we fight, why we must fight, why we must continue onwards no matter what. Plus, it’s quite entertaining as well. (I’m going to have to read the series he mentions. They’re by David Eddings. WickedPinto refers to The Belgariad and The Malloreon. I have been aware that Eddings is a popular author but have yet to get these series. Of his books I have only read The Elder Gods of The Dreamer series.)

Theres a series of books, I forget the name of the author off the top of my head, but he wrote a series titled “the belgariad,” and “the malloreon” I think were the names of the respective trillogies. Anyways, in that series of fantasy books, there is this one hardened old soldier who was always negative about a battle before they went into battle, or establlished defenses. Talking about how “the siege of (name of fantasy city) lasted 12 years! and at the end it took 20 to rebuild the city” only to turn around and establish defense of a city thinking it was gonna take 20 years to fight off the siege. (this is all useless info, I’m just trying to say that this character was the classic bitchy serviceman, who complained constantly while still doing his job superbly)

There is one point in one of the books where there is this peace loving nation, that has no idea of how to fight a war, never fought a war and didn’t understand why they were now at war. The old soldier guy says “well it’s not a war until you defend yourselves, if you want peace, just let them in and don’t fight them, you will have your peace, but it won’t look like this one” or something to that affect. Later the main character asked him if he thought he was serious and the old soldier says “absolutely! the first battle of a war is always the fault of the defender” Then a bunch of long stories about other nations, and some philosophical thing following, and closing out with another question by the main character of “if thats so why you still in the war business?” (all of this is paraphrased, and memory) to which this guy who has been a soldier for decades, and the old soldier says “I hate war, and I hate battle, but I got into this because I loved my home”

I don’t know what I mean by that, but it serves the purpose of relating to this speaking of “peace” with the UN and French voice. To me anyways.

Thanks, Wicked!

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6 Comments

  1. Wickedpinto said,

    actually, now that I think of it, it was the trillogy that followed the maloreon, one of the titles was something like “ruby knight” or something like that. It was the last book in that particular trilogy that had that paraphrased quote.

    The trilogy AFTER he had realized his daughter was a goddess,that one.

  2. Muslihoon said,

  3. Wickedpinto said,

    Its the last book of the elenium I think where the old soldier guy goes into that thing, I think, ain’t read it for quite a while.

  4. Wickedpinto said,

    another thing, you picked one of my LEAST forthright posts to mention me with. 🙂

  5. Wickedpinto said,

    ack, not post, comment.

  6. Islam: the impulse to conquer « Muslihoon said,

    […] In the thread when I publicly wrote about WickedPinto and posted a comment of his, he said: another thing, you picked one of my LEAST forthright [comments] to mention me with. […]

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