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:: posted by buermann @ 2008-10-19 15:07:36 CST | link


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      Luttwak introduced the meme behind Tim's comment, in a Harpers' article last year. It's an odd mixture of sentiments -- nonsensical, really, although Luttwak manages to carry it off well enough to flatter some self-images.

    posted by Zomg @ 2008-10-19 17:44:35 | link

      Meh. This is just SOP.

      Withdrawal must be painted as a betrayal of our saintliness, such as when Churchill warned that granting India anything resembling independence would lead to humanitarian disaster, and so advised that "it is necessary to marshal the sober and resolute forces of the British Empire, and thus preserve the life and welfare of all the people of Hindustan", presumably by cutting down the unarmed followers of Ghandi with the sober application of British bayonets.

      If that argument succeeds and you soberly and resolutely generate further humanitarian disaster, you bitterly complain about how your saintly goals were undermined by having neither the guts nor the permission to pursue a more perfect genocide, stabbed in the back by some fabricated domestic opponent or fancifully inventing restrictions on the use of force.

    posted by buermann @ 2008-10-19 21:26:27 | link




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