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Thursday, June 10, 2004

Justifying the means...

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin
Wise man, old Ben. Pity that most Americans currently (and historically) seem to be quite willing to ignore that wisdom. Note that I said most.

Just about everything on the main page of WarBlogging is concerned with the legalities and ethics of the Abu Ghraib torture scandal and the now-infamous secret torture memo. Having read the memo (and bloody difficult it was, too), I'm probably not too far out of line in saying that comparing Shrub and the Busheviks to pond scum would be doing a great disservice to pond scum.

There are those in the U.S. and around the world (including some people in Canada, I regret to say) who seem to regard Dubya as the living embodiment of Carlyle's Great Man theory, but the statements and actions made by Dubya and the U.S. government since 9/11 continually remind me of a slightly different "Great Man" theory, stated as follows:
"The great man says it is so, and it is so."
- Herr Doktor Joseph Goebbels
And there are no prizes for guessing who he was talking about.

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