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November 25th, 2005

Weekend Reflections is on again. Please comment on any topic of interest (civilised discussion and no coarse language, please). Feel free to put in contributions more lengthy than for the Monday Message Board or standard comments.

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  1. November 29th, 2005 at 17:26 | #1

    If liberty is taken away (or never given in the first place) you have a moral right and obligation to eliminate those responsible. Everything flows from there.

    I wish I had gone to see East Finchley.

  2. Terje Petersen
    November 30th, 2005 at 07:21 | #2


    So in addition to assasinating government officials you are now suggesting that I should blow up the ATO building in Chatswood.

    I think I will pass up on that “OBLIGATION” thanks.


  3. Paul Arrighi
    November 30th, 2005 at 12:25 | #3

    Sometimes assasinations can be for the better, imagine if the attempted assasination of Hitler had been successful, how many lives would have been saved!

  4. Terje Petersen
    November 30th, 2005 at 14:35 | #4


    That is pure speculation. Maybe we should start such a though exercise by first asking “who would have replaced Hitler”?


  5. Andrew Reynolds
    November 30th, 2005 at 19:25 | #5

    In some cases it is difficult to imagine how it could have got worse – starting with Mao (about 70m dead), Hitler (10 to 12m in the death camps, over 30m in the war), Stalin (various esimates, outside the war which he did not start, say 20m). The power vacuum left by their deaths may have been worse than the actuality of their power, but it is difficult to conclude that it would have been worse.

    That said, I still oppose the death penalty’s use for any crime – I think in the case of someone like Mao to have him rot in prison for the term of his natural life would have been a worse punishment than a quick death on the scaffold.

  6. Terje Petersen
    November 30th, 2005 at 21:05 | #6


    Having the foresight to assasinate the right people is different than having the hindsight to say it should have been done.

  7. Andrew Reynolds
    December 1st, 2005 at 01:35 | #7

    True. And another good reason why the death penalty is pointless.

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