Wednesday, January 21, 2004

I find I have nothing at all to say about the State of the Union address which isn't already being said better elsewhere. (Well, not quite -- what was a quarterback with a game to prepare for doing there, exactly? And is he to blame for that bit about steroids? -- but nothing interesting). So here, instead, are a couple of quotes instead that I've been meaning to cite for a while now. Here's one:

Even the great American democracy could not have been created without the annihilation of the Indians. There are cases in which the overall, final good justifies harsh and cruel acts that are committed in the course of history.

-- Israeli historian Benny Morris, justifying the expulsion of Arabs from Israeli land.

And here's another:

Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?

-- Adolf Hitler, justifying his projected extermination of the Poles.

By and large, I support the State of Israel. But, as someone recently said on another topic entirely, if this isn't over the line, then there is no line.


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