Why Liberal Elites are Unfit to Make the Tough Decisions.

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Why Liberal Elites are Unfit to Make the Tough Decisions.

Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Dec 31, 2006 3:39 pm

This is it in a nutshell, folks. They will blink everytime, no matter the disasterous consequences of their "compassion." In the end, their "compassion" is a narcissistic delusion, freighted as it is by this dispicable "on the one hand . . . on the other hand" kind of equivocating that makes them almost unreconstructable. There are no private acts in the world of politics. Someone is always watching, learning.

December 31, 2006
Feared and Pitiless; Fearful and Pitiable
By JOHN F. BURNS

Baghdad

NOBODY who experienced Iraq under the tyranny of Saddam Hussein could imagine, at the height of the terror he imposed on his countrymen, ever pitying him. Pitiless himself, he sent hundreds of thousands of his countrymen to miserable deaths, in the wars he started against Iran and Kuwait, in the torture chambers of his secret police, or on the gallows that became an industry at Abu Ghraib and other charnel houses across Iraq. Iraqis who were caught in his spider’s web of evil, and survived, tell of countless tortures, of the psychopathic pleasure the former dictator appeared to take from inflicting suffering and death.

Yet there was a moment when I pitied him, and it came back to me after the nine Iraqi appeal judges upheld the death sentence against Saddam last week, setting off the countdown to his execution. As I write this, flying hurriedly back to Baghdad from an interrupted Christmas break, Saddam makes his own trip to the gallows with an indecent haste, without the mercy of family farewells and other spare acts of compassion that lend at least a pretense of civility to executions under law in kinder jurisdictions. From all we know of the preparations, Saddam’s death was to be a miserable and lonely one, as stark and undignified as Iraq’s new rulers can devise.

Many Iraqis, perhaps most, will spare no sympathies for him. However much he may have suffered in the end, they will say, it could never be enough to atone for a long dark night he imposed on his people. Still, there was that moment, on July 1, 2004, when Saddam became, for me, if only briefly, an object of compassion.
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Post by Werner » Sun Dec 31, 2006 5:36 pm

Wrong, Corlyss. Rather than demonstrating "unfitness" this article shows Mr. Burns' judgmnt, tempered by a measure of humanity. He knows his Saddam. He's also a human being.

That's some contrast to what our jurisprudence and conduct has degenerated to under the Cheney-Rumsfeld-Bush gang.

Firm judgment is not what's been shown by the gang that can't shoot straight. The result is incomparable damage to Amrica's standing, not the false puffery that goes for pride with the devotees of that corrupt conduct.

And with all this bragadocio are they winning? Are they?
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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Dec 31, 2006 5:52 pm

Werner wrote:Rather than demonstrating "unfitness" this article shows Mr. Burns' judgmnt, tempered by a measure of humanity. He knows his Saddam. He's also a human being.
Wrong, Werner. It demonstrates the wretched moral equivalency that colors much of what they think and renders them incapable of resolute action.
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Post by burnitdown » Sun Dec 31, 2006 7:40 pm

Werner wrote:That's some contrast to what our jurisprudence and conduct has degenerated to under the Cheney-Rumsfeld-Bush gang.
Who are, in philosophical terms, liberal elites.

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Post by jbuck919 » Sun Dec 31, 2006 8:48 pm

I would be interested to know how Corlyss got from what she was quoting to her subject line.

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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Dec 31, 2006 8:53 pm

burnitdown wrote:
Werner wrote:That's some contrast to what our jurisprudence and conduct has degenerated to under the Cheney-Rumsfeld-Bush gang.
Who are, in philosophical terms, liberal elites.
Define what you mean by "in philosophical terms."
John wrote:I would be interested to know how Corlyss got from what she was quoting to her subject line.
Oh, I got there thru utter exasperation with the left-wing journalists being so aggrivatingly incapable of taking a stand against a miserable tyrant with out throwing in either "we're bad too" in some guise or "poor little human" in some guise. It's enough to make me gag. The Europeans have had this kind of thing shoveled at them so deep and so long that they are practically incapable of action for fear of taking sides that might ultimately be discredited by some rooster and bull monstrosity like Chomsky.
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Post by Werner » Sun Dec 31, 2006 9:43 pm

Burnitdown: Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bush "liberal elites?"

They'r certainly not liberal. And they are no kind of elites.

Did you mean what you said?
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Re: Why Liberal Elites are Unfit to Make the Tough Decisions

Post by pizza » Mon Jan 01, 2007 4:28 am

Corlyss_D wrote:NOBODY who experienced Iraq under the tyranny of Saddam Hussein could imagine, at the height of the terror he imposed on his countrymen, ever pitying him. Pitiless himself, he sent hundreds of thousands of his countrymen to miserable deaths, in the wars he started against Iran and Kuwait, in the torture chambers of his secret police, or on the gallows that became an industry at Abu Ghraib and other charnel houses across Iraq. Iraqis who were caught in his spider’s web of evil, and survived, tell of countless tortures, of the psychopathic pleasure the former dictator appeared to take from inflicting suffering and death.
Werner wrote:He [Burns] knows his Saddam. He's also a human being.
That describes a human being, Werner?

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Post by Werner » Mon Jan 01, 2007 10:52 am

As you very well know, I was talking about the humanity of Burns, not Saddam.

There IS a difference, you know!

And Happy New Year to you, and all our disputaceous CMG friends.
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Post by pizza » Mon Jan 01, 2007 11:35 am

Didn't know that Burns' humanity was in question. His wasted pity for evil incarnate is another matter.

A Happy New Year to you and to yours!

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