[SPORK] The rhetoric of liberation...
Fri, 21 Mar 2003 11:41:19 -0400
Jeff Bone wrote:
> Sigh. The more things change...
> “To stop is dangerous; to recede ruin”; President Bush justifying war
> against Iraq? No; an Indian proconsul in 1805 defending the East India
> Company’s policy of pre-emptive hammerblows against any native ruler
> who showed signs of intransigence.
> “Britain has always been the one friend of the oppressed. It has been
> our policy for generations, and we are known the world over as a race
> who love freedom and hate the oppressor.” British Prime Minister Tony
> Blair outlining his vision of liberated Iraq? No, a fictional officer
> in Somaliland 100 years ago, explaining the humanitarian mission of
> empire in a novel for schoolboys.
> We have seen the enemy, and he is us. We are the bad guys.
> When important issues affecting the life of an individual are decided
> by somebody else, it makes no difference to the individual whether
> that somebody else is a king, a dictator, or society at large.
> -James Taggart
Question is - what would the world have done if A. Hitler kicked off his
world conquest with a land-sea-air assault on the Caucasus?