Sethra on Iraq

Gomi no Sensei gomi at speakeasy.net
Fri Jan 31 13:54:43 PST 2003

On Fri, 31 Jan 2003, Ruhlen, Rachel Louise (UMC-Student) wrote:

> I can't believe no one has started this topic yet, and as much as I hate
> to do it I can't let it go any further. Doesn't anyone see
> anything...well, ironic in comparing Sethra Lavode's lessons on war to
> our current political situation? Remember the bit about "It's not the
> aggressor who starts the war, it's the defender"? Yeah. I agree with
> Vlad, I couldn't quite see that either.
> Rachel

I always thought Sethra's assessment to be accurate, actually, and today
more than ever it puts me in mind of this quote from Theodore Roosevelt:

"Peace is generally good in itself, but it is never the highest good unless
it comes as the handmaiden of righteousness; and it becomes a very evil thing
if it serves merely as a mask for cowardice and sloth, or as an instrument to
further the ends of despotism or anarchy."

paul e.