posted on 04/06/2002 1:37:30 PM PST
Powell is playing the role of "good guy" in the good guy/bad guy (Bush and Sharon) senerio that usually works so well in the long run. It's our best chance for long term world political success. Notice that Powell is on the slooooow boat.
"It is interesting that the person who finally defeats Richard III in Shakespeare's play, Richmond, is the one key character who never talks to Richard or gives him a hearing, and thus never comes under his spell. To talk to Arafat, which is what all pundits say must be done to bring peace to the Middle East, is precisely the wrong move, for there is no dialogue with a man without a conscience. . ."
Excellent points and analysis; worthy of discussion and debate. . .
posted on 04/06/2002 1:58:03 PM PST
"By refusing to punish him for horrendous crimes, as a serious nation would, Israel leaves the world, the Arabs, and itself with the sense that maybe his crimes can be justified, and its own attempts to restrain him from further criminal acts are criminal excesses in themselves. Israel would do better to relentlessly show the world pictures of Arafat's victims, including the American ambassador he assassinated."
This is a very articulate and perceptive article, and I think it highlights the West's problem with dealing with irrational evil. We've seen it over and over again: the demand for "dialogue" with people who do not abide by rationality, the demand for "understanding" when it comes to the most vile acts.
If we are serious about the war on terror, we must punish those responsible. It's really that simple. If we do not, there will remain a sense that the acts themselves are justified and that restraint is itself immoral. We cannot allow that to happen, and that is why Arafat must be held responsible for his acts and pay for them with his life.
Longish, but worth a bump.
But evil is fun.
posted on 04/06/2002 3:48:59 PM PST
Great article...thanks. Capitulating to the CRIMINAL is TREASON to the victim. DIPLOMACY with evil is DEVALUATION of good.
posted on 04/06/2002 5:11:56 PM PST
Excellent post. Doidge provides one of the most insightful examinations of the terrorist mind which I have ever read -- and I've read a lot of them.
the conscientious person is guilty until proven innocent. As the preventive agency in the mind, conscience blocks first, thinks later. Men like Arafat and Richard know this.
Thanks for a great post. This is the best analysis I have seen regarding the mentality of evil--reminds me of X42 and his evil wife.
posted on 04/06/2002 6:42:22 PM PST
posted on 04/06/2002 11:24:53 PM PST
Now you see that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
posted on 08/28/2002 12:19:48 PM PDT
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