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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Moral Equivalence As Mental Disorder

Moral Equivalence is a debate tactic that enrages me since in practice it's a pretend way of sounding fair before you argue there really is no moral equivalence. It's Orwellian, and by the way, Orwell was anti-socialist. Hitler was a socialist and everything derived from Marx and Engels has proved to be a shitebox of human suffering. One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. Marxists are so fugged in this regard. You can't approve of genocide and be well-meaning, and as a last act of honor nihilists should all commit suicide before they hurt others.

The demented moral equivalence by Reuters is staggering:

ROME - The strong Western response to a threatened death sentence for an Afghan convert to Christianity looks something like a mirror image of the Muslim reaction to the Prophet Mohammad caricatures printed in the European press.

There have been no riots or sackings of Afghan embassies, unlike the violence that marked the uproar in Muslim countries after the Danish cartoons were published, but the shock and mutual incomprehension expressed in both cases are similar.

The difference lies in the issues at stake. In the cartoons row, Muslims stressed the sanctity of Mohammad, whom they say nobody, even non-Muslims, can criticize. The subtext was resentment against perceived Western prejudice against Islam.

Now, Western governments and societies are speaking out for religious freedom and against the death penalty. The fact many Western troops now help defend the Afghan government against al Qaeda and Taliban remnants heightened the outrage in the West.


Blogger Emerson said...

I'm totally serious that honorable suicide should be encouraged for child-frickers, rapists and violent nihilists.

Here's a spot-on comment from Little Green Footballs:

That was truly twisted, even for Reuters. The only parallel between the 'toon tumult and the Afghani who faces a death sentence for converting to Christianity is that both are examples of Muslim intolerance. Islam cannot abide anyone, least of all infidels, poking fun at their Prophet; nor can it abide a believer who ceases believing. Both are examples of Islam's deficiencies, not the West's.

12:08 PM

Blogger The BS said...

uh, I think you'll find that Orwell was actually pretty much a socialist to the end, though strongly opposed to communism (and nationalism for that matter.)

Your point about Moral equivalence is definitely taken though.

3:05 PM

Blogger Emerson said...

Orwell seemed to hate the BBC and its politics, and the double speak of 1984 comes from his take on the Beeb. Who knows. I admire Sidney Hook, who was a Socialist till the end even though he spent his live fighting what it had become. I don't think Socialism as a term is worth saving, just like I think Oi as a word is not worth fighting for. At "Socialist" meeting you'll find worship of Stalinist dictators. It's nuts.

3:33 PM


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