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PostIdeologically Selective Moral Indignation (Timothy Brown, USA, 07/29/17 8:24 am)
WAISers may remember my mantra: "Ideologically selective moral indignation is profoundly immoral."
I've dealt professionally with hundreds of officials, politicians and private citizens in more than two dozen countries over my more than fifty years of involvement in international affairs, and politely listened dozens of times to opinions like those of Massoud Malek in his posting of July 28th. If the mind of the speaker seemed open I'd dialogue with them. But when their mind was clearly closed, I'd just smile and walk away.
That's how I was able to have in-depth and respectful dialogues with some of my former worst enemies, including the five senior-level Communist revolutionaries, who express their views in When the AK-47s Fall Silent (Hoover, 2000) and allowed me to videotape our dozens of gloves-off dialogues that form the foundation of my next book, We Were Enemies Once, and Young.
JE comments: If I may be the Devil's Advocate, wasn't Massoud Malek also making a point about ideologically selective moral indignation--namely, that the US sticks its nose in other countries' elections, but cries foul when it's on the receiving end of the meddling?
On to a happier topic: tell us how your book project is coming along, Tim! I'm a big fan of the Brown oeuvre.