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Paving the way with good intentions...

Posted by: bill on April 21, 1999 at 12:29:53:

In Reply to: For teh good of humanity posted by Nikhil Jaikumar on April 20, 1999 at 11:57:52:

"A,merica has a responsibility to help out the Kosovan people, and if if people are unwilling to volunteer, that's unfortuante, but thsi cannot stop us from doing what's right."

"To die in the service of a just cause is teh noblest thing going. yes, I would sacrificemy life in the service of humanity, wouldn't you?"
I'm actually in agreement with much of Gee's position on this (one of those relatively rare events). His:

"I would in pursuit of what I believe to be right. I wouldnt rush into a strangers machine gun at the dubious judgement of a stranger acting as my sergeant. Im not a 'good soldier'"

emphasizes the aspect (as usual) of individual decision making. You both agree that the actual decision to act might be based on conceptions of "rightness". The difficulty in the Kosovo case is to figure out just what this "rightness" entails.

"No, we'll need to do a better job than Iraq, we wiill need to let teh Kosovans choose their own government and national status."

But I find it naive to think that "We'll" means the 'collective will' of anyone other than the current powerbrokers. And to say merely "a better job than Iraq" - after 1.5 million dead and dieing 300 daily as a result of sanctions - borders on, well I don't know what.

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