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IHT Passages: The Auschwitz Debate

September 30, 2007

[40] Posted by: Maurizio Morabito, London — 29 September 2007 7:46 pm

Whilst I agree with much of what Roger Cohen has to say on this topic, I do not think it is a good idea to try to encapsulate the horrors of Nazi Germany to that country and that historical period alone.

Humans have been killing each other too many a century to seriously believe things are any different now.

It took just half a decade to get a failed minority party into an organization of thousands getting trained for mass murderers. In the age of the Internet it may take far shorter a time than that.


IHT Passages: A Country at War or in Denial?

September 11, 2007

Thank you Roger. A month or so ago I myself have argued for the draft to be reintroduced in case of a major, long-lasting (more than 6 months) war.

A couple of excerpts:

“The droning on of the Iraq war is a tragedy of middle-class pacifism”

“With the disappearance of the draft it’s as if wars, always too serious to be left to generals, have been abandoned to politicians.

After all, Presidents, Senators and Representatives live off votes. As so, if votes do not depend on the care reserved to military personnel including casualties, there is no democratic control on wars: the Republic may have its President, but the Armed Forces risk being at the mercy of a Tyrant King with the same title.”

Maurizio Morabito, London