October 16th, 2006

Chris Keeley

A Closer Look at Colin Powell: The Evil of Banality

A Closer Look at Colin Powell: The Evil of Banality
   By Gary Kamiya
   Der Spiegel

   Thursday 12 October 2006

   */A new biography confirms that Colin Powell went along with the
   Iraq war because he was following orders. The tragic irony of the
   good soldier is that he deserted the people he was trying to protect./*

 

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Chris Keeley

An irresistible invitation

Many intelligent people spent the 1950s and 1960s trying to think of
clever ways to use nuclear weapons to advance national objectives, with
no great success.

TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck

Transmitted below is a typically wise article by Bill Pfaff.

Personally, I am much less worried by a few small nuclear weapons in
North Korean (or, eventually, Iranian) hands than I am by the
10,000-20,000 and 200-600, respectively, in the hands of the two
countries which, over a perod of decades, have been constantly attacking
other countries and which currently show no inclination toward reform or
restraint, let alone toward the renunciation of violence which they
demand of others armed principally with stones.

I do not believe that this is an unusual view in countries other than
the two just cited.

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