Blog Bites Metaphor
June 29, 2006 § 15 Comments
See, I don’t want us to ever get to the point where “Americans torture detainees” also becomes a “dog bites man” story. What InstaPundit calls moral equivalence is actually a gross dis-equivalence. Americans are held to a higher standard than Al-Qaeda is.
May it ever be so.
My only quibble is a pedantic one: that it isn’t true that AQ is objectively held to a lower standard. What is true is that AQ does abominable things, failing to adhere to the standard which applies to us all.
May the moral failures of our enemies never, ever be invoked as an excuse for us to do evil. May America never, ever settle for “sure, we’re evil, but we aren’t as evil as them.” May wickedness of Americans at war forever remain a man bites dog story, unbelievable on its face, a wild and rare exception to the overwhelmingly dominant rule.
UPDATE: Seamus’ quotes from Chesterton in the comments are not to be missed.
Chesterton is the bee’s knees. The cat’s pajamas. The lobster’s dress shirt.