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Thursday, July 07, 2005

Oh, and P.S.--

A listserv I'm on devoted to Major Author has this truly appalling exchange going on right now, where one member expresses sympathy for the victims in London, and another says, basically, who cares? It's totally insignificant compared to Anglo-American brutality abroad. And then they start quoting Major Author back and forth to support their respective positions and debating whether Author would have supported or opposed terrorism/liberation of oppressed persons by any means, and--

MY GOD. These people suck.

link | posted by La Lecturess at 9:22 PM |


Blogger What Now? commented at 10:17 AM~  

Yeah, I hate the model that says that sympathy is a limited good, that if we have sympathy for one group of victims that is necessarily implying less sympathy for another group of victims who may be more or less "deserving" of that sympathy. Same with moral responsibility; I think that arguing that the U.S. and U.K. have moral responsibility for what we've done in Iraq doesn't mean that other groups, perhaps responding to what we've done, don't also have moral responsibility for their actions.

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