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

  • From: "Mike Geary" <atlas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 22:25:23 -0500


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.

You're right and this is precisely what Diana West is complaining about. She wants us to abandon the "hypocrisy" of civilized standards, she has nothing but scorn for any attempt to hold to standards greater than the enemy's. She would have no problems with Dresden, with My Lai, with Haditha, or Abu Graib, or Guantanamo, rather, she has problems with those who criticise these crimes, denouncing them as smug, self-righteous hypocrites. To my way of thinking she's a failed human being.

Mike Geary

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