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Monday, November 21, 2005

Adolph Wasn't Evil...Just Misunderstood

This is a perfect example of the difference in worldview between the right and the left. Chris Matthews speaks at University of Toronto and proclaims, "If we stop trying to figure out the other side, we've given up. The person on the other side is not evil -- they just have a different perspective." He also criticized the President for building up "worldwide animosity against his administration." The left's relativisms (moral, cultural, etc) will not allow it to distinguish people or governments or values as good or evil, right or wrong, correct or incorrect, decent or indecent. Hence the confusion and wrongheadedness evidenced by Mr. Matthews. First, why is world opinion worth caring about? World opinion did not mobilize against the Holocaust, Pol Pot's killing fields, the Soviet gulag, the genocide in Rwanda, to name a few. Where world opinion is on any important question is usually unconnected to the proper response. Second, Matthews is correct that we should never stop trying to "figure out" the other side. However, we do that in order to exploit weakness, not to hope to understand their motivations...unless we can use that knowledge against them. Last, and worst, is the liberal notion that we are all good, perhaps a bit confused or emotional, but essentially good. This is an immature and dangerous notion rooted in a pollyanish view of mankind. How can there be good without evil? How can Mother Teresa be the embodiment of good without a counterpoint to which to compare her? Hitler certainly did have a "different perspective," and it was an evil one. Stalin and Pol Pot certainly saw things differently than many, I'll give them that. Unfortunately, their perspectives resulted in the deaths of literally millions of innocent persons. Not by accident, but by design. To put it another way, did Jeffrey Dahlmer just have a "different perspective"? Did Charles Manson just have an opposing view? How preposterous and pretencious for Chris Matthews to lecture that there is no evil in the world, just differences of opinion.
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