Thursday, February 17, 2005

Real Monsters

It is a rare day indeed when I link to Conservative archetype Jonah Goldberg. However, this column really hit home.
"The tragedy of the imagination was that we couldn't appreciate that evil is real and it exists. In a society where everyone is a victim and it's not right to "judge" others, there's just not much room left for real monsters, while society itself becomes monstrous."

We can seek to understand the causes of evil, the rationales, the justifications, the roots. However, we can never forget that some things still just are evil. And we can never turn a blind eye to the atrocities of the present by invoking empty theories of moral relativism or ethical equivalency. For, as the Rev. Martin Luther King reminds us, "In the end, it's not the words of our enemies we will remember, but the silence of our friends." Global liberalism, "friends" of oppressed people everywhere, needs to find the voice to condemn and combat the grave injustices that occur around the world on a daily basis. Conservatives can hide behind realism and national self-interest if they want. Liberals have no such excuse. We either speak out or become accomplices in the act.

Thanks to my friend Luci Hague for originally drawing my attention to the article.

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