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ddw BS: Capital Punishment? (154* d) RE: BS: Capital Punishment? 20 Dec 03

Is it, Ponderin'? Even when they'll make up "wrongs" just to give themselves reasons to stay in their jobs?

McGrath -- on one plane you're right and maybe Nazis were a bad example, but many joined the party for a wide range of other reasons than what was being done to Jews and Gypsies. The Nazis were perceived by many as the saviours of Germany and champions of its "rightful" place in the world. The racial issues were secondary, often hardly considered. We know it was wrong, but from their perspective what they were doing was right and justified. If they had to lie a bit to get it done — well, that was a small price to pay....

Amnesty -- and any other advocacy group -- will eventually take on the same tactics. Sooner or later a leadership will take over whose blurring of the line between truth and expediency will necessitate lying and then lying to cover up the lying. Do they point to some legitimate evils? Yes. But the more evil they can find, the more they can convince people to donate to help them root it out and the more money they will have to find more evils.....

But it strikes me that this is a peripheral question. Amnesty -- as far as I know -- doesn't expend much energy and resources on countries that carry out legal executions. They tend to go after the ones resort to torture and making people "disappear."



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