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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Bad Fiction



I used to read thousands of story submissions for a S/F and Fantasy magazine. One of my jobs was to work my way through the slush pile. That background made me an expert on bad fiction.

The arguments for an attack on Syria reads like bad fiction. There's problems with motivation. The chemical weapons reason is weak. It reads too much like another bit of bad fiction: Iraq's nuclear weapon program.

The characters appear forced and unnatural, like they are spouting words from a bad script. It doesn't help that some of the same characters are using the same lines from the Iraq fiasco.

The plot is full of holes. Pacing is forced. Arguments are illogical. If this one came across my desk the best it would merit is a form rejection letter.

In fact, most of the American people give it two thumbs down.

The march to war reads like a bad farce. Unfortunately, it has all the makings of a real life tragedy.

-Sixbears

16 comments:

  1. In the old days, the man who called the charge led it. I think we need to bring those days back!

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    1. Me thinks there'd be a whole lot less charging around.

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  2. No way we should start firing cruise missiles

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  3. I've seen this movie before.
    It sucks.

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  4. I have a real bad feeling about any action against Syria and its impact inside the USA and in that region. Congress thinks they can slap them and it's over. Syria can and will slap back. They have chemical weapons that can easily be transported and released in our country as terrorist events.

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    1. Syria has allies too. You can never do just one thing.

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  5. Let's get our country strong again first. That should be our only priority at this time.

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    1. There is so much that can be done right here that would be a much better use of our young men and women.

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  6. Amazing how many who led the charge into Iraq and Afghanistan are now against getting involved in Syria. Iraq and Afghanistan were both bad policy, as is Syria. Too bad it took the neo-cons and much of the public twice to figure that out.

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    1. . . . and I thought you liked me. :)

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  8. Like the song said "There's a Bad Moon Rising!"

    Scary stuff!

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