Monday, March 21, 2011

Who are you, Kant's great-great-great-grandniece?


"I am really disgusted with what's been going on in Libya and Gadhafi's actions, but am also really cynical about our decision to go in there. We're supporting dictators that are as bad as Gadhaifi and treating their citizens just as badly, but we're not doing anything about that or helping to overturn those regimes."

I'm sure we'll be deluged with remarks like this in the days to come, but what exactly is the author trying to say? Can't tell which of these is the author's view:
(a) We're obliged to do nothing owing to our imperfections even though it would be better if we were to act;
(b) We're obliged to attack everyone simultaneously because it's better to act in this case and fair is fair.

A third option might be nice.

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