I'm not a particularly religous person, and the word evil has particularly religious connotations. In my opinion, calling Saddam evil is akin to Osama bin Laden calling Bush an infidel.
Aside from that, though, I have other problems with the word. First of all, it polarizes completely. I'm not going to beat a dead horse, Ron made the point I wanted to make, and more clearly. Second of all, it's being touted as a catch-all justification for hatred of the "evildoers." Am I the only one who's noticed Bush basically admitting (bragging?) to our nation killing "suspected" terrorists in his recent speeches? The most notable one was at a Floriday naval base a few weeks ago, in fact I was going to start a thread about it but I couldn't find a transcript to quote from. Anyway, we have "arrested, or otherwise taken care of" them. Let him put it this way, "they won't be bothering us anymore."
But, they're evil. They don't deserve trials to prove whether or not they are actual terrorists, our suspicion is enough.
Can I explain a child molester's mind? A serial killer's? No... but it's something I'd like to try to do. I think most people are afraid to try to understand someone who is "evil." I think something you said supports my point:
'Other than that, it would be like my trying to discover how the mind of a child molestor works. How could I, not being able to relate to that type of mind? How could anyone? You want to find someone who can understand Hussein? Try Caligula or Stalin or Mao Tse Tung or someone who has walked in those shoes. They would understand him perfectly.'
We cannot understand the evil mind. They (fellow evildoers) can.
You're splitting people up into two groups (good and bad) and I think that's dangerous. The problem with that type of dualism is that we can never be different side by side... someone will always come out on top... look at these groups and think, historically, who has come out on top:
Men and Women
White and Colored
Wealthy and Poor
Educated and Uneducated
Good and Evil
We aren't two different species... believew it or not, you have something in common with Saddam, just as I have something in common with you. Everyone has a favorite food, a favorite color, movies, songs, and books that they like... it's part of what makes us human. I'm sure Saddam doesn't just sit in a dark room, tapping his fingers together Montgomery Burns style, diabolocally planning his next evil move... I read somewhere that he likes to swim. Hey, you know what? I like to swim too. There you go... I can relate to Saddam. I'm not ashamed, or afraid, to say that.
However, I think there's a pretty rampant fear right now of being called unAmerican, and my point of view is not a popular one at family functions.
I feel like I'm digressing, it's late and I'm tired, so I'm leaving it at that.
Winston- go back, read my post. I said what I meant, and actually, you'll notice that your use of quotation marks was much more copious than mine. I got your message... what's good for the goose ain't good for the gander?
Other people argued the second part of your strange approximation to a syllogism. I am arguing the foundation you are using. Your argument doesn't work- if your first argument is incorrect, your scond one is irrelevant.
By the way, I'm guessing by your quote and your point of viwe that you've been reading Micheal Moore? Correct me if I'm wrong.. but I really does sound like you're kind of parroting him. While I like the guy, I really do, and his argument about the Florida polls is very convincing... I don't necessarily consider it totally valid. Now, I also don't have time to check up on the references he listed... I think it's a definite possibility, based both upon the information he gives and my recognition of his personal, extremely liberal agenda...