FW: S & A in progress i.e., people burning alive right now, people being crushed to death right now
Sat, 22 Mar 2003 11:02:56 -0800
the view from john's moral high horse.
From: johnhall [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, March 21, 2003 4:45 PM
Subject: RE: S & A in progress i.e., people burning alive right now,
people being crushed to death right now
> by the way, john, are you aware of the atrocities africans of many
> are suffering at the hands of corrupt regimes? do you feel equally
> compelled to "liberate" these africans?
Just as I was aware of the atrocities committed throughout the history
of the Soviet Union.
Existence of these conditions mean that we are _entitled_ to liberate
them not _compelled_ or _required_ to do so.
In Iraq we had a moral entitlement to intervene but that isn't
sufficient. You also have to figure in national interests, costs, and
In this case they all pointed in the same way.
I opposed Kosovo not because we were not properly entitled to stop the
atrocities but because I couldn't see a direct National interest. There
was an interest for France and Germany, but they couldn't do the job.
In NK there is both a moral case for pre-emptive attack and some
National Interests there. But the price would be horrendous (mostly for
our allies the ROKs and Japan.