Re: If we do get Afghanistan, what shall we do with it?

From: Dwayne (
Date: Mon Nov 26 2001 - 04:31:38 MST

Mike Lorrey wrote:
> Charlie Stross wrote:
> >
> > I mean, would *you* want to visit a European state where the
> > government had passed regulations saying that basically you
> > relinquished all rights to due process of law by entering their
> > borders, and if they felt like it they could have you arrested,
> > tried by a military tribunal, and executed on the spot with no
> > appeal?
> If I were attempting to overthrow that government or even merely trying
> to engage in a propaganda war to destroy the hypothetical high trust
> society of that hypothetical european country, I would expect such
> measures as a matter of course.

Erm, "propaganda war" ???

You'd *execute people* because of what they said? Aren't you a fan of
free speech?

> My revolutionary cabal's plans may even
> *require* that such measures be enacted, on the theory that they would
> engender mistrust and resentment enough to engender further support from
> the "useful idiots" in that part of the local intelligentsia who engage
> in arguments of moral equivilancy in order to shround their lack of
> responsibility as citizens.

Isn't part of that responsibility enduring that government doesn't get
out of hand? Isn't this about to get -way- out of hand?
It seems to me that while no one is supporting the terrorists, an awful
lot of people find the idea of these military courts deeply disturbing.


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