Thursday, May 10, 2007


Educated fools, teachers, can say some dumb things.
Dangerous and repugnant things.
Stupid things.
One social studies teacher recently told me how it would be fine with him if the world's economy collapsed because, in his words:
"It would get rid of a lot of worthless people."
Another teacher (yes, also a social studies teacher) told me before George W. Bush invaded and pre-emptively bombed Iraq that:
"The whole country should be wiped off of the map."

It is no surprise and not too extreme or inaccurate for President Putin to say:

"We do not have the right to forget the causes of any war, which must be sought in the mistakes and errors of peacetime. Moreover, in our time, these threats are not diminishing. They are only transforming, changing their appearance. In these new threats, as during the time of the Third Reich, are the same contempt for human life and the same claims of exceptionality and diktat in the world."
Victory Day speech (commemorating the 62nd anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany)
May 9, 2007


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