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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Friday, December 23, 2005

The Forgiveness of Time : IntentBlog

The Forgiveness of Time : IntentBlog: "In his weekend address defending the war, President Bush offered a shred of respect to his critics by saying that they were not the same as those he called 'defeatists.'

Since the recent Iraq election offers some sign of progress, the U.S. may emerge from this war without defeat, although we may have to engineer it in the same way Vietnam was left behind.

Time can be forgiving of even the worst mistakes. If the balance of good and bad news from Iraq tilts dominantly toward the good, the administration will probably be forgiven the 100,000 needless deaths, mostly of women and children, that the most reliable international estimates have counted. (See Andrew Cockburn's Dec 17 article at www.latimes.com). If the terrorists successfully attack the U.S. again, Bush's secretive wiretaps and other sidesteps of civil liberties might also be forgiven--his argument that he is only protecting us by skirting the law already goes down well with his constituency in the heartland . If Iraq comes online as a major oil supplier and keeps the price of gasoline down, perhaps even more will be forgiven.

Societies have an enormous capacity to move on despite devastating tragedies. During the last months of WW II Japan's 20 largest cities lost up to half their population through fire-bombing from U.S. airplanes, yet this is rarely if ever held against us."