Re: Respect for Animals, Respect for People Was: Moral

Michael M. Butler (butler@comp*
Mon, 16 Feb 1998 22:49:58 -0800

>> My impression is that xenophobic intolerance rarely depends in any
>> way on classifying others as subhuman.
>Really? I am actually quite shocked how often I hear people say of their
>enemies or their presumed inferiors that they are "animals". It pays to
>remember in this regard that the characteristic gesture of liberation
>struggles is the demand that "we will no longer be treated *as* animals!"
>> It appears to be largely an
>> evolutionary adaptation for creating tribal unity that is most powerfull
>> when the objective differences between the tribes are smallest (i.e. when
>> the danger of tribe members defecting is largest).

Including modern (Bismarck-Clausewitz-to-present-date) "total war" and hot
spots like the Koreas, the Tutsis vs Hutus and the
country-formerly-known-as-Yugoslavia. Your point buttresses our argument. :)

Trust me, making your enemy subhuman is also a consciously chosen and
war-college-discussed strategy for training shock troops so they'll act
with a maximum of dispatch & unit cohesion when they attack, and
ameliorating your PTS slightly after you or your troops have napalmed,
cluster-bombed, gassed, bayonetted, garroted, decapitated, silent-killed,
etc., the other side's soldiers.

Especially since the standard sentry silent kill techniques bear a close
resemblance to slaughtering an innocent pig while you embrace it (shudder).
:\ I'll spare you the details.


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not one at the expense of the other." -- Liam A. Chu

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