Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Netflix "Nobel: peace at any price"

Another excellent Norwegian series.

They do wonderful TV.

From the director of "The Heavy Water War," Per Olav Sørensen, what seems to me to be an intelligent rebuff to peaceniks and a lesson in the cost of trying to do a deal with the devil.

This fellow respects soldiers and bravery.

Barack Obama speaks the lesson at the very beginning, in his Nobel Prize speech.

All the same, would the world have been worse off if GW, responding to 9/11, had settled for punitive strikes obliterating al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, omitting the invasions and occupations of both that country and Iraq?

And, really, Libya?

Syria? 

Egypt? 

For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world. 

A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler's armies. 

Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda's leaders to lay down their arms. 

To say that force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism -- it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.

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