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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-05-07 03:45 PM
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23. I think that the main thing is to improve things for the future
We can't bring the dead alive, but further deaths may be prevented. Both by finding some workable exit plan from Iraq, and by remembering it as an object lesson: presidents can't be trusted with too much power!

Those who've changed their minds will be CRUCIAL in moving ahead, and changing things. Saying "Sorry, you're too late, we want nothing to do with you" would be just cutting one's nose off to spite one's face. In addition, while such bad judgement in the first place is a bad thing, a willingness to change one's mind and admit that one is wrong is a good thing - especially in a politician (or rather, the opposite is a BAD thing).

So yes, forgive in that sense. I don't believe in 'forgetting' anything about a politician, and would use this among many other things in making decisions about my preferences among politicians. But my harshest judgements are for those who still won't change their minds. Including our own lovely government.
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