Saturday, January 21, 2006

Star Jones Lacks an Understanding of Human Nature

From Drudge:

"You know what? At some point, one of these men has to put it back in his pants and zip up the zipper."

She even suggested that Bush hold some kind of talk with the man behind 9/11.

"I won't trust him, but anything that gives me the opportunity to seek peace, I would at least check it out.

"People make deals with the devil all the time. We make deals with people we don't like," she said.

"You don't negotiate with terrorists," said Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the show's youngest host.

"You don't negotiate," Jones interrupted, "but I do think you figure out when there is a solution that's diplomatic that doesn't result in [loss of] human life.

"What do we have to lose to check it out?" Star said.

"You know what?" she then added, "At some point, one of these men has to put it back in his pants and zip up the zipper at some point."

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How can you make a deal with people you can't trust to uphold it? Doesn't diplomacy and negotiation imply some kind of common ground? How can we have common ground with someone who believes it is God's will that he start a war by killing civilians? How do we find common ground with those who would behead their enemies (us)? There is no common ground on which to establish negotiations, they do not share our standards, our values. They do not believe that it is wrong to kill women and children, they do not believe it is wrong to torture civilians.

This reminds me of what Dorothy Sayers said about Germany and shared standards of conduct:

"We have been very slow to understand this. We persist in thinking that Germany 'really' believes those things to be right that we believe to be right, and is only very naughty in her behavior. That is a thinking we find quite familiar. We often do wrong things, knowing them to be wrong. For a long time we kept on imagining that if we granted certain German demands that seemed fairly reasonable, she would stop being naughty and behave according to our ideas of what was right and proper. We still go on scolding Germany for disregarding the standard of European ethics, as though that standard was something which she still acknowledged. It is only with great difficulty that we can bring ourselves to grasp the fact that there is no failure in Germany to live up to her own standards of right conduct. It is something much more terrifying and tremendous: it is that what we believe to be evil, Germany believes to be good." Quoted from Creed or Chaos? pg. 29