Re: European vs. American Fanaticism

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Mon Jul 02 2001 - 19:06:04 MDT

Mitch writes,
> You leave out the behavior of the Japanese military in WW2 in the region of
> Manchuria (Manchukyo) with Unit 731, and their work with tularemia, bubonic
> plague, anthrax, cholera, live human dissections and the like, perhaps using
> incendiaries was "too passive" for the Japanese? I wonder if the Imperial
> Family was destroyed by targeted bombings, if that would not have hastened
> the wars' end, in the Pacific? That being plausible, as we know see how
> Hirohito was the prime mover of aggression in Asia. Incendiary comment,

Yes, thank you for reminding me. What the Japanese military/government did in
WWII makes Tuskegee and other American atrocities pale in comparison. And as
for the fanaticism of Americans, note that it centers mostly on issues which,
if taken to the extremes advocated by their proponents, would result in
nothing more pernicious than better health. The checks and balances that some
people complain gridlock the US system of governance also help to prevent
over-reacting to issues.

Mike Lorrey writes,
> In that respect: "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice, moderation
> in the pursuit of freedom is no virtue" - Sen. Harry Goldwater
> paraphrasing the Roman Senator Cato

One of the few things Goldwater got right, and it probably cost him the

Stay hungry,

--J. R.

Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism

     Everything that can happen has already happened, not just once,
     but an infinite number of times, and will continue to do so forever.
     (Everything that can happen = more than anyone can imagine.)

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b30 : Fri Oct 12 2001 - 14:39:41 MDT