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Akhenaten wrote:

> In nature disproportionate reactions to threats are common.
> The US has been trying to maintain an aura of legality around
> its actions, for some moral satisfaction, but in war an eye
> for an eye is a possibility, two eyes for an eye are another.
> The most effective one is an entire life for an eye.
> I've seen small children pick up older ones and than come
> runing for protection behind an adult when the older kid runs
> after them. If you pick a fight, you cannot complain if you
> don't like the result. A war was picked with the US, and they
> didn't ask for it. Wars aren't a pretty thing, but if you
> have to do it, you have to win it.

I see the analogy but am not sure I totally agree .

However , there is another dimension to this story . We have seen the little kid throw a stone and draw blood from the bigger kids forehead . We condemn the former and condone the use of force by the latter to humiliate and neutralise the little kid .

What if we look at the bigger picture .

I think an interesting analogy would be the wife who after years of drip-drip psychological and physical abuse resorts to a violent action - in some cases murder .

Is she the aggressor ?

A life for an eye - but the initial eye may have been the result of several kicks in the teeth .

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Pre-emptive murder 136 Lee McGiffen 03-Jul-02 10:31
Re: You remember the Caroline incident??? 188 Briffits 03-Jul-02 10:47
How new is it? 130 Akhenaten 03-Jul-02 11:32
How FAIR is it? 124 drak1 03-Jul-02 15:45
Re: How FAIR is it? 130 Akhenaten 04-Jul-02 17:43
Blatant hypocrisy + rage inducers 111 drak1 04-Jul-02 22:30
Re: Blatant hypocrisy + rage inducers 185 Akhenaten 05-Jul-02 11:23
Re: You remember the Caroline incident??? 147 Astikapati 04-Jul-02 08:06
Re: You remember the Caroline incident??? 135 Briffits 05-Jul-02 04:24
Pre-emption and terrorism 114 Lee McGiffen 05-Jul-02 04:41
Lee 159 Astikapati 05-Jul-02 05:34
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