Saturday, March 31, 2012

Some Lessons in Barbarism

Some Lessons in Barbarism
by Praveen Swami
Praveen Swami is the National Bureau Chief of The Hindu
Bashar al-Assad's brutal counter-insurgency crackdown in Syria raises many moral questions. It also raises a less moral, but critical question: does force really win wars? In 69AD, the stoic philosopher, Musonius Rufus, lectured imperial Rome's legions on the evils of a looming civil war. He was saved, historian Cornelius Tacitus tells us, because he “listened to the warnings of the quieter soldiers and the threats of the others, and gave up his untimely wisdom.”…

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