Smarmy Alligator

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I’m wary of people who use the word “evil” in a state/military-building context, as did Mr. Allawi, Iraqi prime minister, when discussing the need for a bigger Iraqi military:

“We all know that the evil terrorist powers try to destroy the Iraqi structure

and economic facilities, and attack the oil facilities,” Mr. Allawi told Iraqi

soldiers, police officers and reporters in Baghdad.

It’s just thrown out there, seemlingly without a second thought. And it so immediately dismisses the opposition, without having to really consider their positions or desires, without having to look at why they are doing what they are doing. They’re evil, therefore invalid, end of story.

It makes me very, very uncomfortable.

(NYTimes)

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Written by laura k

January 11, 2005 at 6:51 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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