[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 11:39:20 -0500

>>The question is, did, for example, bombing Dresden to defeat Hitler or, in 
>>the Pacific War, dropping two nuclear bombs to force Japan to stop fighting, 
>>make the Allies into barbarians?<< 

Of course it did.

>>Who in the civilized world ever imagined systematically killing millions 
>>people before Hitler?<<

Well, let's see, there's the Catholic Church and then most of the Protestant 
sects and of course the Muslims and just about every tribe and kingdom and 
nation in the world, though they all lacked the technology to achieve the 
impressive numbers that Hitler managed.  Still the same spirit was there. 

>> Only in this atmosphere of politically correct and perpetually adolescent 
>> non-judgmentalism could anyone believe, for example, that compelling, 
>> forcing or torturing a jihad terrorist to get information to save a city in 
>> any way undermines our "values." It undermines nothing -- except the jihad.<<

Oh, I love it when she talks tough!  Wear your vinyls, baby, and crack that 
whip, leather me down.  Do it!  Do it!  

>>The first French Republic aside, who on God's modern green Earth ever 
>>imagined a head being hacked off the human body before we were confronted 
>>with Islamic jihad?<<

But why put the first French Republic aside?  I guess it must be embarrassing 
to know that Europeans can be barbarians too.  Yes, best put that aside.  She's 
right though, Diana West is,  beheading is far more barbarous that flaying 
people, or quartering them, or disemboweling them, or impaling them, or 
crucifying them, or hanging them or boiling them in oil or blowing them to bits 
or burning them alive -- or even throwing babies into the air for target 
practice as the Gautamalan army forces did.  Hmmm.

Thanks for forwarding that insprirational message from Diana West, Lawrence.  
Nothing like a tough talking woman to get me off.

Mike Geary

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