Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Choose Democracy, or We'll Make You

“[T]he goal of spreading democracy should be a great progressive project; the means need to combine both soft and hard power.”

David Milliband, quoted by Patrick Wintour, “Miliband: UK has moral duty to intervene”, The Guardian, 12th February 2008.

10 comments:

dearieme said...

Pipsqueak Rubberband.

David Duff said...

Reminds me of that classic one-liner in the film of "The Teahouse of the August Moon", set in the days of the American occupation of Japan in which the irrascible American General snarls, "We'll teach these bastards democracy if we have to shoot every one of them!"

erik said...

Reminds me of the Christian efforts to baptize heathens of the Northern Europe by the sword...

DP111 said...

Our current war engagements in the world are all about spreading war and destruction, using democracy as the weapon. Its a perfect weapon, as it is so beautifully camouflaged.

Pietr said...

And when you are democratic, choose us, or we'll 'suspend' democracy.

Lawrence Duff said...

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
- John Stuart Mill

Son of Duff

Pietr said...

I only fight for my personal safety- Pietr Van Helsing, 2008

Lawrence Duff said...

I'll remind you of that when they're wiring the electrodes to your testicles.

I prefer to do my fighting much earlier - and with a coalition of the willing.

Son of Duff

Pietr said...

All depends on your definition of 'enemy' Lawrence.
My enemies are with me every bloody day, in ways that exhaust the ingenuity of their little, but active, brains.
I hesitate to be allied with them at the behest of some nation-statist.

Pietr said...

Just from looking at the original quote:
'UK'(who?) 'has a moral duty'(I feel what now?)'to intervene'.
So millipede 'believes' that enough of us 'believe' that 'something should be done', and that this alleged belief in belief mandates him to commit atrocities in our name?
I thought Class A drugs were illegal.