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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Mephistopheles and Human Rights

The arguments about what to do in the Middle East are nuanced. Do the wrong thing and this is what you see. Do nothing, the same. The fact our system is corrupt doesn't negate the duty to try to help, or diminish the virtue of when better strategies actually work. But it's hard. Foreign policy requires being Goethe's Dr. Faustus to Mephistopheles. And fundamental darkness is as matched as the power of enlightened thinking. Even when we do the right thing - this is what we might see anyway. But when we do the wrong thing, we are partly culpable in the deaths.


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"A Turkish border guard carries the body of a migrant child after a number of migrants died and a smaller number were reported missing after boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized, near the Turkish resort of Bodrum"

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