[lit-ideas] Re: When a civilized society fights a barbarous one

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 21:58:54 -0400

To be sure, the US constitution does set a very high standard. But it's only honoured in the attempt to live up to those standards. And I don't see any such attempt today. What I see , rather, is something along the lines of "We're both doing barbaric things but we're not barbarians because we know better." Barbarian is as barbarian does. The rest is rationalization.

I'm surprised that you see no national attempts to live up to the Constitution. Granted you have an unhappy relationship with the US, having been forced to flee during the Vietnam years, but surely your dislike of Bush doesn't extend that far.

If you are just talking only about war-fighting, and calling the US barbarian, surely you realize that if we were truly barbarian, by say Mongol Invasion standards, the wars would be over. The Iraqis and all the Afghan resistance would be dead, and any survivors would be serving as our slaves.

Even if we weren't barbarian by Mongol Invasion standards, but just less scrupulous than we already are, a lot would be different. Remember Mullah Omar? He was in sights of an AC-130 gunship and the gunners were waiting for the go-signal to take him out. This ambition was hampered by a JAG, who questioned whether the act would amount to firing on a civilian. And so Mullah Omar escaped.

If you want to see worse than the USA, you don't have far to look.

China's Brutal Crackdown on Dissidents
By Andreas Lorenz in Beijing

China's Communist Party officials are employing brutal methods in dealing with difficult citizens. The most recent victim of what appears to be government-sanctioned brutality was a farmer who suffered a broken cervical vertebra when he was attacked by thugs.

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