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  •  Deeply felt (3.75)
    In the 18 months or so that I've frequented DKos, to me this is perhaps your most moving post.

    Witnessing such barbaric violence naturally evokes very strong feelings.  If you attempt to apply reason to understand such events, some people accuse you of being cold, insensitive, callous, etc.

    After the initial wave of revulsion passed through me, I was struck by the thought that this, like 9/11, was a very graphic demonstration of how the weak strike back against the strong in assymetric warfare.  Forceful imposition of conventional power ("smart bombs" that still kill many innocent; subjugation) will inevitably lead to desperate and often despicable responses of unconventional power (suicide bombers and crazed mobs).  Most Israelis know this all too well.  (To act on that knowledge is of course easier said than done once you have initiated such a volatile relationship, particularly if your vision is limited to seeing the world in black and white, as per Bush and Sharon.)

    Those four contractors paid the ultimate price for choosing to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

    by Bragan on Fri Apr 02, 2004 at 05:11:10 PM PST

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