Sunday, August 05, 2007

The war for righteousness

"Now indubitably Saddam Hussein was unrighteous; but so are nearly all the masters of the 'emergent' African states, and so are the grim ideologues who rule China, and the hard men in the Kremlin, and a great many other public figures in various quarters of the world. Why, I fancy that there are some few unrighteous men, conceivably, in the domestic politics of the United States. Are we to saturation-bomb most of Africa and Asia into righteousness, freedom, and democracy? And, having accomplished that, however would we ensure persons yet more unrighteous might not rise up instead of the ogres we had swept away?" —Russell Kirk

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