Tuesday, January 25, 2005


The guy who runs the "Iraq War Was Wrong" blog has apparently been emailing various pundits, and getting responses. His exchange with Jonah Goldberg is here; his exchange with Juan Cole is here; and his latest exchange with Paul Krugman is here and here.

Stuart Buck


Blogger publius said...

I'm not sure I follow the logic - two wrongs make a right? or more precisely, two wrongs make a less bad wrong?

10:21 PM  
Blogger Stuart Buck said...

Publius -- I have no idea what you're talking about.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Michael Drake said...

Publius must be referring to the torture post below this one.

10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, that makes more sense. Thanks, Strange!

No, the "logic" is not that two wrongs make a right. Not at all. My point is two-fold: (1) You can logically oppose harsh treatment across the board; you can logically support harsh treatment across the board; or you can even logically oppose harsh treatment for non-violent prisoners while being more forgiving as to the harsh treatment of potential terrorists. But it is morally incoherent and unserious to oppose harsh treatment as to potential terrorists while ignoring the treatment of non-violent prisoners. (2) In fact, we should oppose torture or needlessly harsh treatment anywhere it occurs, not just when one party finds that the issue is useful for attacking the other party.

11:57 AM  

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