Thursday, September 23, 2010
It locks the minds of people who try to understand it, who try to think about it or even analyze it, speak of it. It locks you in such a way that half of the problem is masked, half of the problem is unintelligible to you because it requires that you not see the buildup as inevitable and not as some force of nature, but as something which simply can or can't happen, and that you might have a role in deciding that.
Once you strip away all that inevitability that gives the feeling that you are somehow winning by merely supporting it or saying it will happen, that you are on the side of reality and common sense, you are left with something which is more of a problem than a boon. More like a curse than a blessing. Something with far more concrete potential problems, than abstract assumed gains. And the primary reason that this is so, is because of that accursed inevitability, that permeates the issue and gives it more power than it should have and far less scrutiny than it requires. The buildup is more of a problem than a solution, not only because of things such as overpopulation, overextension of utilities, damage to economy/society and so on, but because of the way it keeps intact (and invigorates) so many forms of dependency and inferiority that pervade this island, and finally because of the fact that so few people seem capable of considering it in anything close to an objective, practical or even useful sense. And the crux of objectivity is the ability to consider the merit of things which go against what is assumed, commonsensical or natural. To be objective about something requires that you entertain its anathemas, that you spend time with its antagonists and that you understand what drives that opposition, that you treat it not like some supplementary ridiculous, maladjusted, fake opposition, but something that could be very real.
Dr. Manhattan, politely mocks Veidt and his hope that he can find some security or stability in meaning or order after what he has done, in hopes that he can stamp some finality on this act to keep it from slipping away from him or unraveling. He says to him, "In the end? Nothing ends Adrian. Nothing ever ends."
That as much as the military might hope that the ROD means the battle over the meaning of the buildup is over, such is not the case. The ROD, like so many other things works in their favor, but it does not end the issue. It does not magically make money appear or politicians fall in line. It may swoon those who don't care about the issue that much and are more interested in appearing to be "normal" ideologically on the issue than stand on what they believe is better for Guam, but it does not win over those who see and worry about the buildup in all its vast complexity and insanity. It does not fix the numerous flaws and problems in the buildup and what we've seen so far in the DEIS and FEIS. It does none of these things, it is like everything, a wishful symbol, a hope that if you say something is finished, over and done with enough times, it might at some point magically come true.