Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Quote of the Day

Richard Goldstone at Yale University's MacMillan Center: "Israel isn't the only nation that's being treated disproportionately, and in my view, unfairly. It's a question of politics, not morality."

I actually have no idea what that means. What are the other nations being treated "disproportionately [and] unfairly"? What does it mean for the question to be one of "politics, not morality"? I'm genuinely curious.

1 comment:

joe said...

I'd be interested in specifics too, but "politics, not morality" would suggest he someone who sees a lot of realpolitik at work. If I were to give an example off the top of my head, I'd note the U.S.'s level of concern with Saddam Hussein's war crimes seemed to fluctuate according to other geopolitical considerations.

And if it's not just a matter of "objective" moral judgment, it follows that no one's really being treated "fairly."