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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 05:34 AM
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Iraq and the Morality of War - Elie Wiesel
 
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TomClash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 06:15 AM
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1. "War is not an option"
Except when waged against Palestinians. Hypocrite.
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edc Donating Member (407 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 07:43 AM
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2. Once the killing starts
things have gone beyond justice and morality. I never heard of either of these concepts used as anything other than rationales to wage war and win war, never as reasons to end wars that are being successfully waged. And I never heard of a nation that did not wage war in its political interest because it was considered unjust or immoral.
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 10:45 AM
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3. I remember the extremely eloquent editorial he wrote in favor of invading Iraq.
I really lost respect for him at that time. Is he now denying that he supported the invasion? I can't really tell.
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liberation Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 12:55 PM
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4. I remember that one too, I believe you are referring to his editorial in the LA Times in 2003?
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 12:56 PM by liberation
I think it was right before the war. Basically saying how the US had the moral right to intervene in the face of "evil." I thought it was mighty odd for a Nobel Peace winner advocating for a full blown invasion of a country.

I guess, that since he lost all of his money to Maddoff, he needs to rebuild his retirmenet fund... and waxing poetic about peace and "understanding" is what he does best. So he is putting the band together one more time.

I never cared for this charlatan after he was quite forward in not having a problem with denying the same respect and reverence, as he has for his fellow Jewish victims, to almost half of the other victims of the holocaust who happened to be of the non-Jewish persuasion. There are much much better people in the Jewish community to hold the banner of remembrance of the holocaust in the name of world peace.

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xocet Donating Member (699 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:09 PM
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5. Powell as a "Great" Soldier....
Edited on Sat Aug-08-09 04:12 PM by xocet
I had either forgotten about that editorial or was not aware of it. Thanks for pointing this out. It certainly alters my view. Here is the editorial:

http://articles.latimes.com/2003/mar/11/opinion/oe-wies... .

He justified his support on Colin Powell's status as a great soldier:

(See the top of the second page of the editorial.)
"Powell is a great soldier and one who does not like war. It was he who prevailed upon then-President Bush in 1991 not to enter Baghdad. It was he who advised the current president not to bypass the U.N. system. If he says that he has proof of Hussein's criminal disregard of the U.N. resolutions, I believe him. I believe that a man of his standing would not jeopardize his name, his career, his prestige, his past and his honor."




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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-08-09 04:42 PM
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6. yup
That's part of the reason I posted this. I remember reading where Bush said privately to people that the dismissed any anti-war people because even Elie Wiesel told him Saddam was like another Hitler and he should go to war. I was wondering if anybody else remembered him as being for the war or not.
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