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January 14, 2011


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The point about 'functional elements' is a good one. Whenever a leader (political or military) makes a decision that involves casualties, there's always an amount of "how could they do that?" from observers- the implication being, a 'normal' person would be horrified by the very idea of being responsible. But that's the whole point- you don't want the person in command to be ordinary in that regard- you want them to be able to detach, to a certain extent, and see the big picture. I couldn't do it but I'm glad there are people who can.

Ian Leslie

Yes, well said.


Then there are the people, such as the junta running Burma, who detach too thoroughly, see their citizens only as 'objects or animals', and then use their power only to benefit themselves, to the detriment of the 'objects or animals' at their mercy.

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