Monday, June 12, 2006
An Asymmetrical Assault on Reality
Three Guantanamo inmates hanged themselves on Saturday. Could it be that holding people for years in a limbo of rightlessness, telling them that they may be prisoners until the end of the war on terror, which has no end, and reminding them that their future does not exist, might drive them to suicide? Axiom 1: We are good people. Corollary 1: Whatever we do to beat our enemies is good. QED
Axiom 1: We are good people.
Corollary 1: Whatever we do to beat our enemies is good.
This act of asymmetrical warfare is going to necessitate increasingly self-destructive actions on our part to balance things out.
I am puzzled by Kant's comment that, “if I cannot publicly avow it without inevitably exciting universal opposition to my project, the necessary and universal opposition which can be foreseen a priori is due only to the injustice with which the maxim threatens everyone.” It implies that morality is determined by public opinion, albeit with "public" defined as every person minus one. If, however, morality is determined by some standard other than public opinion(Kant's categorical imperative, for example), then could one person not be right and everyone else wrong?
I normally agree with the opinions at Balkinization and the NYT editorial page, but there seems to be a generation gap here.
Dude, I'm not sure if I was reading that last part closely enough, but if it does what it seems like it does, all I can say is that it's brilliant. I think you've just proven that I've been wrong all these years and the GWB fanclub has been right all along...you SOB.
... who employ a strategy of the weak using international fora, judicial processes, and terrorism ...
General Ripper wrote it? Forget international fora but judicial processes equated with terrorism?
It that is true, this explains why the Bush administration is so allergic to anything involving courts and judges.
Seriously it 's deeply sobering that anything that idiotic can be found in this country official National Defense Strategy. Total idiots everywhere.
God save us!
As usual, the intellectual elite trying to confuse and manipulate by unnecessarily complicating otherwise simple things. Actually, the whole thing (i.e., Bush’s policy) can be described with one word:
1. A variation of truthfulness derived from the word truthy (archaic and rare or dialectal)
2. The quality of being "truthy, not facty." (currently popular definition by Stephen Colbert)
3. The quality by which something is known or believed emotionally or instinctively, without regard to evidence or rational thought.
4. The quality of adhering to incorrect concepts one wishes or believes to be true.
David, this is designed to provoke and to demonstrate the absurdity of some of the underpinnings of DOD doctrine. It succeeds very well in doing both things and is very well suited to the blog medium. Congratulations.
Henry, I think you need to remember that does not mean the same thing by "publicity" that we do today. For him it related explicitly to the "reading public," which is to say the thin stratum of society which is intellectually active and which influences public policy. He sees "publicity" as a means for deepening the role of morality in politics, not diluting it.
Proof that Liberals are Justified to Criticize Bush in any Way
Axiom 1: We liberals are smart.
Axiom 2: Bush is dumb.
Axiom 3: Anything that makes smart people look smart is good.
Corollary 1: Whatever we say to make Bush look dumb is good.
Corollary 2: Whatever hinders us from making Bush look dumb is bad.
Corollary 3: It can’t be true that keeping dedicated Islamist terrorists under lock and key is justified, because that would make Bush look smart.
Surprising Corollary 4: Facts that make us look dumb must be false.
Theorem 2: Any common sense that constrains our criticism of Bush is by definition bad. (see Corollary 2.)
Axiom 4: Smart people heed common sense, so common sense is good.
Corollary 4: We support using common sense.
Surprising Theorem 3: Common sense that constrains our criticism of Bush should be ignored, because it couldn’t be correct.
Axiom 5: Anything that anyone says to make us look dumb is an argument of a Bush Supporter.
Decisive Theorem: Anything that anyone would say in response to our criticism of Bush is merely a Bush Supporter supporting Bush.
Axiom 6: We’re right and Bush supporters are wrong.
Corollary 6: Anything that anyone would say in response to our criticism of Bush is an unjust argument. To put it in other words, we liberals are justified in any criticism we make of Bush, regardless of facts or common sense!
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