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  •  Mr McNamara doesn't understand anything anymore (4+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, snakelass, exmearden, Munchkn

    At least not in this world.

    We may differ on the sincerity of Mr McNamar's contrition. I believe that he truly was contrite for the grievous erroes he made, and wished to make amends.

    He had learned over the course of a long life that his previous certainties were all wrong. That happens to a lot of us - we find that something we were absolutely convinced of, with all good intentions, was incorrect.

    I hated McNamara in the 60s and 70s. His change of heart shocked me and I was completely cynical about it. But I finally had to accept that even a murderer may come to regret his actions and want to atone in some way.

    What is the judgment? "McNamara became remorseful and said 'War is not the answer'to those who would listen" or "McNamara might have been serious in his contrition, but we can never forgive him.""

    •  My take after reading his mea culpa book... (0+ / 0-)

      ...and watching him on Fog of War was that he was more concerned about the fact his reputation was tarnished than about the bloodshed that tarnished it. But I could not see inside his heart.

      Some people would be better off not reading diaries they comment on, since they already have all the answers.

      by Meteor Blades on Wed Jul 08, 2009 at 06:14:54 PM PDT

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