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The chat began with comment on the infamous Dr. Mengele and his demonic practices, but then it slipped a little sideways to talk about an inherent evil in procedures unrelated to the Nazi’s bent.
Again (again, again): the kind of power embraced by the despotic is the power to visit suffering on others with impunity and without conscience.
It may not be the procedure — e.g., abortion, sex change — that is evil but rather the removal of choice in its imposition.
Where abortion arguments are batted back and forth, the concern is not with procedure but the precedence of the “right” to choice on the mother’s part or advocacy for the fetus in its earliest phase.
Mengele and other famous sadists given the power to maim, torture, and murder with impunity do as the disturbed people they either were before their empowerment or have become as a consequence of it.
Much of this blog — perhaps all of it — has been concerned with the nature of political power in its most basic regions — “conflict, culture, language, and psychology” — and here it addresses the kind of extremist and vacuous force that gives way to wholesale theft and murder all the up the imaginable scale and beyond.
How could an ophthalmologist have created so much horror absent of conscience and shame?
Posted to YouTube by Muhammad Al Mousa on September 4, 2016.
How could the privileged and wealthy of Moscow — or Russia — have escaped the opprobrium associated with the most heinous irredeemable of war crimes?