[lit-ideas] Re: Willie Pete

  • From: Judy Evans <judithevans1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2005 15:24:36 +0000

Wednesday, November 9, 2005, 3:07:38 PM, Eric Yost wrote:

EY> Judy: what happened to "we're better than the terrorists"?

EY> Eric: We are.

EY> Judy: which is why "we" rant on about their disgracefully doing 
EY> what "we" do?

EY> Eric: Judy, c'mon, if we were like them, the war would be over.

Obviously "we" are not exactly like "them".  But the usual claim is
not simply that we are marginally better but that we are superior by a
long way.  So we should not even imply that wrongdoing by us is
minimal in the light of their wrongdoing.  "But I only tortured ten
people, X tortured one hundred", "But I only killed 100 civilians, X
killed one thousand" is not an acceptable defence.

(Nor, I add, is it
normally used as a defence; it's used as a snipe against anyone who
objects to torture and to the killing of civilians.)

you wrote

> Sorry, Andy, I'm still nodding to the 300,000 -- that's
>300,000 -- that various international organizations believe are
>buried in mass graves under the Iraqi sand.

>Maybe when I grasp that number, we can pull together and mourn
>for those killed by insurgents, and then those killed by accident
>in the course of removing the insurgency.

1.  we all know about Saddam, it should not be necessary for posters
here concerned about current violence in Iraq to add a disclaimer to
every post saying they are aware of Saddam's mass murders.
2.  and that has been said before here...
3. your reply to Andy is cheap

Judy Evans, Cardiff, UK

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