Friday, August 12, 2005

Chesterton on Terrorism

"Why on earth do the newspapers, in describing a dynamite outrage or any other political assassination, call it a 'dastardly outrage' or a cowardly outrage? It is perfectly evident that it is not dastardly in the least. It is perfectly evident that it is about as cowardly as the Christians going to the lions. The man who does it exposes himself to the chance of being torn in pieces by two thousand people. What the thing is, is not cowardly, but profoundly and detestably wicked. The man who does it is very infamous and very brave. But, again, the explanation is that our modern Press would rather appeal to physical arrogance, or to anything, rather than appeal to right and wrong."--G.K. Chesterton, All Things Considered


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