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Moral responsibility

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Submitted by Vadim Anshelevich (United States), Dec 22, 2016 at 23:27

Daniel Pipes: "Moral responsibility for the collapse of Oslo lies solely with Yasir Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the rest of the Palestinian Authority leadership."

Wrong! To talk about "moral responsibility" regarding criminals... Notion of "moral responsibility" is not applicable to personalities like Yasir Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and to a large extent to the Palestinian society as a whole.

Daniel Pipes: "This brings us to the key concept of my approach, which is victory, or imposing one's will on the enemy, compelling him through loss to give up his war ambitions. Wars end, the historical record shows, not through goodwill but through defeat. He who does not win loses."

Let us just recall who on many occasions prevented Israel from reaching the decisive victory. Sure, one of such actors was the Soviet Union. But again, the same as with Palestinians, we cannot ask the criminal regime of Soviet Union for "moral responsibility". The history shows that the moral responsibility for preventing Israel from defeating its enemies rests most and foremost with the civilized Western Governments and their societies including, unfortunately, the United States of America.

Good intentions and feeling "good" about themselves does not absolve from moral responsibility.


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