Saturday, May 08, 2004

"The chief ethical challenge of a war on terror is relatively simple -- to discharge duties to those who have violated their duties to us. Even terrorists, unfortunately, have human rights. We have to respect these because we are fighting a war whose essential prize is preserving the identity of democratic society and preventing it from becoming what terrorists believe it to be. Terrorists seek to provoke us into stripping off the mask of law in order to reveal the black heart of coercion that they believe lurks behind our promises of freedom. We have to show ourselves and the populations whose loyalties we seek that the rule of law is not a mask or an illusion. It is our true nature."(NYTimes | Magazine | Lesser Evils By MICHAEL IGNATIEFF)


:: note :: . . . Ignatieff's writings always provoke . . . never simple yet clear & straightforward . . . often disagreement wells up during reading . . . still am thankful for the thinking . . .