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Why bother?

Posted by: MDG on December 06, 1999 at 11:02:03:

In Reply to: Closer to the Spirit of Liberalism posted by Samuel Day Fassbinder on December 04, 1999 at 17:26:55:

: SDF: This was also behind the German rationale for invading Poland in 1939. The German propaganda of September '39, as multiple historical sources will show, claimed that Poland was invading Germany, and so the Luftwaffe went right in and bombed, its pilots under the assumption that they were "defending the weak from the strong."

So what you're saying is, there's never any good reason to lift a hand to help others. Might as well stay in bed.

: Same thing with the war against Serbia. The US embarked on a COMPLETELY GRATUITOUS war -- bombing Kosovo DIDN'T defend anyone, the eventual settlement was something completely different from Rambouillet, which was a surrender demand. Clinton and buddies could have really defended Kosovo WITHOUT the bombing, had they agreed to NEGOTIATE instead of placing Rambouillet as an ultimatu

Yes, yes, yes - how many times must I repeat that diplomacy was miserable, if not sabotaged? However, once the Serbs began their campaign of terror against the Kosovars, all your academic handwringing became the luxury of an intellectual leftist safe in his house, pounding out anti-capitalist diatribes while men and women fled for their lives halfway around the world. Your critiques of global capitalism and the New World Order may have much merit, but they don't stop rape and murder on the ground.

Now, for some reason, the rest of your message disappeared, so I can't respond point for point, but I do know that you snidely accused me of loving the status quo. Since your attributing all sorts of sins to me, I may as well walk away and leave you in peace to dream up all the other evils I secretly worship. Have fun.

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