Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Rube Goldberg Path to Action

A new program has appeared in American schools whose purpose seems to be to teach objectivity. While this may be a noble goal, it is focused on a peculiar event: 911. The gist of the course episode seems to be to show some understanding of the terrorists and their mindset. One of the sections raises the question of how the Americans are perceived internationally and how American policies might engender antagonism in other nations. This is an effort to make the 911 atrocity understandable.

This is very dangerous ground.

Open-mindedness. Parallax. Seeing things in context. It all sounds commendable. But seeing the better side of atrocity is no virtue. Strangely, seeing an action as the product of many fused factors, usually social and economic, never seems to include elements of immorality, savagery or evil.

Should we really argue that the strain of World War 1, an unfair Treaty of Versailles and inflation led to the Holocaust?

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