by Bodwyn Wook
[A fellow blogeur wrote in support of some comment I had posted on torture, a circumstance which always makes me nervous as one never knows when will come later the parting of the ways!
[Part of my reply — BW]
I am with you…and only hope I am never put in a position where I would ‘feel the need to’ (have to I mean) knock somebody’s block off who was threatening any child and I knew of it. That’s what adults do, they protect children.
Even saying protects ‘all of them’ comes under the heading of ‘natural right’, I feel, but what is perhaps not so forgiveable is planning it all out beforehand. I think, though, that Mr Charles Crawford quite clearly has limits in mind and actually is trying to be realistic about what we are. That is the purpose of hashing it out in advance and trying to establish permissible cases.
However, a Polish lady, a sociologist whose name escapes me, has written that the people who had a best chance of surviving the Nazi camps were those who were as clear as could be to themselves that the whole Nazi enterprise was criminal, that the botched and the objectively God-damned had taken over the European state system, and that their entire purpose was theft, bullying and murder. These people, like the morally poor and NuLabour and the NeoCons and all the other indigent children of the lesser gods, we will have with us for good long time, of course we will.
But woe betide us if we give them a leg up, it is as bad a slope as Edward Wood tried to draw Churchill onto in May of 1940, during Dunkirk, when the Eyeties offered to broker ‘just another’ meeting with Hitler…right before doing France in the back.
That kind of bargaining is irremediably criminal, and it is the lesson of the short 20th century of 1914-1989.
[Bodwyn Wook all rights reserved 8 May 2009]