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WARNING. This link... - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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... goes to political opinions that will give many of you the vapours.

Clowns to the Left of me, jokers to the Right: moral idiocy and intellectual dishonesty as reactions to the killing of bin Laden.

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lily_fayline From: lily_fayline Date: May 8th, 2011 04:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well said; I don't find your stance particularly extreme. Would you mind if I relinked it to my friends-list? It's nice to see some substance amidst all the fluff that tends to abound there...
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 8th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, not at all.

One need ever ask. If I publish it, it's free to all. (And commonly ends in a free FOR ALL.)
steepholm From: steepholm Date: May 8th, 2011 08:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thou hast Donne, but I have More

It's strange that we should arrive at such similar positions by such different routes. As you may have gathered, I lean towards pacifism myself, but I admit degrees and believe that some killings are more reprehensible than others.

In short, I'm of the same opinion as More's Utopians, that it's more justifiable to kill the head than the body. Far better to kill Hitler than the average German conscript who would otherwise be spending his time in an honest job; to kill Gadaffi than even his sub-Saharan mercenaries (driven to their grisly trade by who-knows-what economic pressures); or to kill Bin Laden than one of his radicalized teenage jihadists. I've never really understood the legal horror of targetted killing, except insofar as it reflects the interests of those heads of government who frame international law, and who want to make sure that they (as a class) retain the possibility of a Swiss bank account, immunity and well-heeled exile in a third-party state.

I would however question your analogy with the VE celebrations. That was a celebration of the defeat of German/Nazism, I think, rather than of the death of Hitler, which had been announced almost a week earlier.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: May 8th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Not so odd, I think.

In fact, we agree on almost everything you say immediately above. Well, everything, really, granting that we also agree I did not say the analogy was exact.
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