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    if a regime is a more effective oppressor, they are exempt from your characterizations.  

    After all, they don;t face "popular uprisings."

    Stalin was a saint right?

    •  Hosni Mubarak says you're wrong. (1+ / 0-)
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      He was one of the most effective oppressors on the face of the earth, for decades.  Right up until he wasn't.

      But, yes, the initiative for taking down a dictator has to come from the oppressed population itself.  That is a key element in determining whether hostile action towards that dictator might be appropriate.  I shouldn't need to be explaining this to someone who conceives of himself as anti-imperialist.  It should really be a core understanding of your already.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Tue Jul 31, 2012 at 12:23:05 PM PDT

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      •  It is indeed (1+ / 0-)
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        But it is not the only "key element."

        To you it appears to be, though how you gauge what constitute appropriate levels of "popular uprising" is unclear to me.

        To you, it is a simple world, wave the magic US intervention wand and all is fixed.

        It does not work that way in real life, only in Neocon dreams, and apparently, yours.

    •  So what? We can't help everybody. (0+ / 0-)

      I can't help every old woman cross the street. But that doesn't stop me from helping any old woman I can help. This argument that we must be 100% consistent, that consistency is more important that logic or morality or any other consideration is just bunk IMO. We can and should make the world a better place whenever we realistically can.

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