Lost In Translation

It would be a far less complicated world if all errors of judgement and misunderstanding were due to (apparently) innocent slips in translation — however consequential and dangerous those slips might be, like this one.

More fundamentally, there are those with great power who not only make little effort to understand the other side — it does take some amount of skill and experience to do so — but also purposefully twist, turn and trash what is said and done in order to accomplish and justify what (for those willing to observe) would seem most evil and base — and at the core of it, the idea of utilitarianism when deployed for blind purposes of the powerful, can lead to frequent deeds with consequences most vile, for which, without its crude cover, none can offer any real justification.

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Yes - these instances, whether alleged or admitted, of extra-judicial killing in third-party countries are a stain on humanity. (Yemen, Pakistan ...)

Posted by Robin Wilton on January 19, 2006 at 05:04 AM PST #

Many states with highly evolved rhetorical tools use such methods and lable them as something other than terrorism, and many people simply buy that. It reminds me of 1984 and Brazil.

Posted by M. Mortazavi on January 19, 2006 at 01:29 PM PST #

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