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Huan Yi
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Iím reading about the Indian Mutiny of 1857 and one thing has often
struck as it now relates to Iraq.  However kind the Western hand, it
is still a Western hand in control and will be often bitterly even lethally resented
as an attack on native culture however oppressive and violent to Western eyes that
culture may be.  This is something we canít hope to understand.
Itís like a cop attacked by a woman he just saved from being beaten
by her husband, ( which happens in the States).   At some point
the cop may just walk away.

I remember a Japanese story from a few centuries ago where a wife
falls to the seduction of a passerby.  The husband loves his wife and
is willing to forgive and forget, but it is the women, (including her), who insist he
kill his wife and then seek revenge upon her seducer.


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"...When to Give Up"

Never!
Huan Yi
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It reminds me of 1860.
For the average man in Michigan the South
was just as far away.  Why should he then
care, must less risk his life because down there they kept slaves . . .


It begs the question, at what point
does a culture's practices, (be it
slavery to female mutilation), morally
demand intervention by outsiders.

John



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Incidentally, Ownership is a very compelling factor of the examples you gave.

Is it morals, or the balance of power?  

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ďIs it morals, or the balance of power?Ē  

Or more specifically, when does morality
overcome the practical considerations
of balance of power?


When does who we think we are become so important
that we, individually or as a culture ,are willing to die for it?

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