Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Beslan & Context

Russell Brown has come in for some unpleasant flak over his The Innocents blog.

As a fully paid-up member of the Liberal Hawk Club and occasional supporter of Bush I have to say that Russell's comments on the Beslan atrocity were eminently reasonable. Even the de rigeur Bush-bashing was on the lite side.

The context issue is a difficult one. It can be argued that the anti-abortion terrorism in the US comes from a "context". A context of Christian fundamentalism. And the lynchings that occurred in the Southern States came out of the context of the South's losing the Civil War.

The danger is to make the following mistake, because of liberal sensibilities, outlined by Paul Berman and quoted by David Brooks:
"It was the belief that, in the modern world, even the enemies of reason cannot be the enemies of reason. Even the unreasonable must be, in some fashion, reasonable."
UPDATE: The Daily Telegraph is running this background story:

Ruthless rebels who dream of an Islamic empire

It seems that whatever the original merits, the Chechnya cause has indeed been hijacked by Wahhabis.


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