Making Lulufags cry the most unmanly of tears. I like that.
So Stripey posted an editorial regarding Suzaku, I would have posted it this there but this ended up being over 2,695 words long. The universal response of Lu-Qaeda (Lovers of Lulu) was pretty much along the lines of Suzaku being a tool, selling out his friend, being a traitor, etc. Most interestingly of all was the term “moralfag” where Suzaku is a contradiction for his holding of the moral high ground while serving an Evil Empire. First off let me be blunt we are all moralfags at one level or another it is the lot of humans ever since God cast us out because Adam and Eve were dip shits. As humans we pretend to be decent people but oh we are capable of cruelty beyond measure and have the ability to justify what we do. There are few among us who have no skeletons in our closets yet most of us would consider our selves by and large law abiding citizens when ever we find that we are in agreement with the law. As a soldier in the service of the American Empire one of the most vilified and hated empires in the world I am acutely aware of what it means to be in Suzaku’s shoes.
Also please from now on keep Iraq out of this…use a real colonial war like the Boer Wars for Pete’s sake. Any post mentioning Iraq will hence forth be deleted Jarmel and wait 321 get a pass for lack of warning.
Suzaku suffers from trying to do the right thing, he doesn’t want to pile on the death toll yet the very nature of his profession demands that his enemies must be slain. In this regard he suffers the moral dilemma that every conscientious soldier faces as long as their nation has a habit of sending them to lands far and wide. I do not expect Impz and his Singaporean conscript brothers to understand. They are not in the business of invading other people nor have they achieved status of Great Satan to illicit the ire of terrorists in the Middle East. As such Suzaku will kill people because that’s what soldiers do, but even I have reservations about killing needlessly for the sake of killing. I do not think that this makes me and Suzaku evil, but rather morally ambiguous. One day I can find my self doing a search and rescue, or providing humanitarian aid. On another I might find myself at an ECP under attack and firing bullets that kill people at people, or end up on a boat filled with refugees with the unhappy task of having to turn them away from American shores (most of these refugees will never set foot on American soil even if they are rescued only to repatriated later). Here is the rather intriguing contradiction, my profession demands that I perform good and evil acts; am I therefore evil or am I just? I prefer to think that most US soldiers regardless of branch and rate are human, capable of both great deeds and great crimes. It should come as little surprise that atheism is generally a rarity for those who serve. Perhaps we are being somewhat hypocritical in asking God to forgive us in light of what we are asked to do for volk and fatherland and if so what of those people who have asked us to kill and turn away refugees? If democracy is the prevailing system in most First World Nations then does not the electorate share the sins committed by their militaries?
Is it so wrong to try and do the right thing even if you are asked to do horrible things over the course of your life? I doubt there are many who can claim to do only good deeds; these same people will profess to be decent people who never want to hurt anyone. Nevertheless they do hurt other people whether they know it or not. Should these people then embrace their dark nature and only perpetuate evil? Lulu has done terrible things under the aegis of creating happy land for Nunnally and avenging his mother. Suzaku has by and large killed only in the line of duty. Suzaku’s victims are for the most part armed terrorists, while Lulu’s victims encompass, both Britannians and Japanese, both military and civilian. Suzaku has only killed those who are capable of fighting back, yet he’s the tool. This throwing around of the label moralfag is to me a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
For Suzaku to be the hateful traitor that he is we must assume that Japan was just and awesome before the invasion by big bad Britannia. Judging by the lack of high tech rubble and the casus belli for the invasion being Japan’s OPEC like activities, I do not think that Japan was a bastion of justice. For them to have alienated their local neighbors and any potential allies before the war tells me that Japan was probably still xenophobic, capable of immense national arrogance by going at it alone, and unscrupulous for ripping people off on energy. It seems that their military funding was cut allowing for technological inferiority. So with the huge stash of energy money and a fourth rate military, I suspect some one was dipping into the state coffers. Granted that the rubble looks circa 1990s, it would also seem that public works were not much of a concern to the previous government. Given the general apathy of those in the ghettoes Japan can pretty much stay dead. It’s always those nationalists and Black Knights stirring up trouble as they bravely hide behind unarmed Japanese that gets them killed. So who is the bigger traitor the guy trying to earn some collective respect while killing off those trouble makers or those Japanese who are fighting for “justice,” though you never asked for it, from behind the cover of unarmed Japanese?
Li- tool of the Japanese and traitor to the Han (current standing – Wang Jingwei level loser), wielder of Anglachel. Suzaku- Tool of the Empire, wielder of Narsil. Lulu- Tool of C.C., wielder of…the tit grabber?
Why is nationalism clearly the preferable way of things when Japan could have joined China’s Federation? In an age of grand alliances and EU why is the notion of Empire that hateful? Empire did bring new anti-earth quake technology to Japan as well as a much more modern city. Unlike old Japan women are more or less equal (at least when it comes to the slaughter) and the underclass no longer comprises of zainichi Koreans, Ainu, Ryukyuans, formerly disenfranchised Japanese, and burakumin. Instead those who do not work do not eat. Class is no longer determined by strictly by birth but by ambition under the new order. Within the new order one can rise in social standing provided you have few scruples and are capable. So what if the Britannians yell at their number auxiliaries? Like any military worth its salt the commander is going to yell at every one, with nary a please. Britannia is not in the business of forcing their rules on any body, rather you play their game you or you get to sit it out and be poor.
We assume that Charles is going to go back on his word, but as long as there is war Charles is going to have some use for Suzaku and Charles is going to have to give rewards to his more capable minions. Charles is not stupid he will probably let Suzaku play his games so long as Charles gets what he wants namely Sakuradite. Charles did not kill his own son for being stupid, or his daughter for being a cripple. What makes his betrayal of Suzaku assured when he doesn’t even kill off Guilford for failing? Charles is going to do it just because Suzaku is an eleven? We don’t even know if he is racist, again we must assume that he is. The key to Charles is that as long as you are not causing problems he does not give two shits win or lose. You do not become top dog by killing off everyone useful to you, and Charles is still top dog. The truly unscrupulous are not racists, they just don’t care. The new order that Suzaku supports is in some ways more egalitarian and just than the old order. Even if Suzaku holds Area 11 for a few years he can easily train a successor or even a whole generation of them, native dominion in Japan does not necessarily have to end with Suzaku provided he is savvy enough to indoctrinate enough Japanese to a level of competence to survive and succeed in the new order.
So Suzaku killed his dad to end the war, therefore Suzaku must be evil at least according to Lu-Qaeda. There is invariably a lot of romanticism when a king refuses to submit when defeat is at hand and insists upon fighting to the last. Well while this sounds all fine and dandy, by what right does one man have the privilege of asking everyone else to die with him? Would it have been preferable for the women and children to throw themselves off a cliff rather than live under occupation? Kururugi the Elder had an obligation to safe guard his people. He failed to provide adequate defense and yet at the end when he demands that his country men all die with him in some futile gesture, he is in the right? In many ways it was the insistence of fighting to the last that earned Japan the honor of being the first and only nation to date to suffer from the nuclear fires of retribution. Pride is a funny thing sure you sound brave in the beginning, but had Halsey’s prophecy come true regarding the Japanese language is only spoken in hell; we shall see who has the last laugh.
Britannia is defined by the survival of the fittest that does not make them by default evil. In fact that makes them much like every other nation state. They have no use for the dumb and the lazy. Universally bigotry is not Imperial policy. They make use of non-Britannians in combat roles and do not go out of their way to kill elevens for sport. Over time it is quite possible that the numbers go away and a Britannian identity takes hold. Given that Villetta and that swarthy mob boss were Britannians it is possible for those not born white and Anglo-Saxon to be a part of the Empire. Britannia is only interested in securing its energy supply. If an eleven wants to help out they welcome the help. If an eleven doesn’t want to work for them then they are free to crave out an existence amongst the rubble and hold onto foolish pride. Britannia does not give handouts to vagrants. So what if they are poor, get a fucking job! If they resist then the Britannians start killing. Clovis operated on the assumption that Lulu and Nunnally were killed by the Japanese shortly after the invasion began, after all an idiot like him could easily be led to believe that the Britannian army was doing all that it could to find them. Cornelia believed that was the case, as did Euphie.
Sadly Clovis was incompetent and when he saw a problem he destroyed it, the problem being all those nasty elevens in the way, those same elevens who killed his brother and sister. For the most part it was just a very incompetent way of ridding himself of a problem, but Clovis never went out of his way to kill them. When they got in the way those stupid enough to stick around when the bullets were flying were of no concern to him. Britannia is not ion the business of making an ethnically pure state as they do not uproot the natives herd them into concentration camps and send in overwhelming numbers of Britannians to repopulate the land. The fact that they kept the Kyoto group around indicates that Britannia opted for indirect rule in their colonies with only a few garrison cities and monopoly on a few key items. Again the Britannians just want the Sakuradite and everything else is secondary. Given that the Kyoto group had ample funds for supporting terrorism and weapons they also share some of the blame for letting those in the ghettoes starve. The Britannians and even Lulu do not care about the majority of Japanese because they are poor and we all know how the poor are treated.
Cornelia only started clearing out ghettos with bullets when those people were providing aid and comfort to the local terror group. Even then the rank and file did not start killing until the order was given and once Zero got away probably just left. Again it’s not racism its just business. Overt racism is not the providence of every Britannian and those who actually act on their racism are few considering how the numerous Britannian infantrymen are not treating the ghettos as Liberty City on their off time. If you are strong you will have a place. Even Cornelia begrudgingly and then unconditionally accepted Suzaku as Euphie’s Knight. Cornelia wanted to win without him but even she acknowledged that he was useful in a fight. Again the capable are to be respected, Cornelia may not like him personally but she never goes out of her way to oppress him either. The Empire is built on strength. The reason why Lulu was thrown out in the first place was pretty much because Lulu wanted his daddy to publicly show grief and mourn for the loss of his mum. Charles can no more show affection in public than Lulu can run a mile. For Charles to show tears in public would be to admit that he was weak. Even if Charles did buy into survival of the fittest he did not rid himself of Lulu right after the attack, nor did he pull the plug on Nunnally while she was in critical condition.
In light of this Britannia for all its talk of survival of the fittest is not in the business of being racist as an institution. Even though the Emperor has to maintain a façade of strength, he did not kill his motherless children, one for being stupid and the other for being a cripple. No public affection is shown, but we can only wonder why he did not end their misery specifically that of Nunnally if giving up hostages was his only priority. Britannians don’t think much of one another as well. When that decadent Babel tower was under siege, anyone and everyone stupid enough not to run or too weak to run sufficiently fast were killed regardless of nationality. In short Japan’s innocence it taken for granted while Britannia is labeled as evil when it is in fact amoral, just like Suzaku.
While there is much criticism of Suzaku’s relationship with Euphie all we know is that he was in love with her. Sure we can blast how little romance blossomed, but in light of the yaoi fodder and the harem it should come as little surprise how a romantic angle got the shaft in favor of showers. Fact remains that Euphie was innocent if naïve it is she who has to suffer the blame for the massacre that followed after her geassing, while Lulu walks away merrily to kill even more people. Lulu doesn’t accept responsibility for what happened but merely brushes it aside and let’s an innocent take all the blame. In this light I can understand why Suzaku wants revenge and for Lulu to feel the fires of retribution. Suzaku is basically Tiberius when Euphie was alive he was full of hope and did as much good as possible to play the game that Britannia held. Once she died a part of him died as well. He is now driven only by the need for revenge and to clear the name of an innocent and as far as Suzaku is concerned if Lulu was able to kill his siblings in cold blood, it is high time the Lulu is forced to deal with a more personal stake in this war he started. So what if Lulu was a friend, Lulu has basically gone off the edge in his quest for vengeance Lulu uses people as pawns he doesn’t care about Japan. Lulu is an asshole, just because he was a friend does not mean Suzaku has to give him a pass when Lulu starts being a dictator and head of the Lulutology cult.
I think Calawain is off when it come to Suzaku being a Marty Stu, which is the male form of Mary Sue. For one thing few are those willing to take up the job of Soldaten, and the moral complications that come along with the job is not for the average man or those prone to sophistry. In my opinion it is far easier to identify with Lulu for his revolutionary stance (granted that few understand the full implications and the misery that revolution can bring) and fully stocked harem. Lulu being the physically weak boy that he is fights like how most otaku would like to fight with their brains, even if said brains are deficient in regards to military matters. Besides Suzaku is not getting nearly as much harem action, and otaku do love their harem.