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An Elementary Moral Truism

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When asked in an interview in 2002 what a ‘proper response’ for the US to 9-11 would be, the renowned political philosopher and activist, Noam Chomsky, answered that “whatever answer one gives, it should at least satisfy the most elementary moral truism that I can think of, namely that if some act is right for us, it is right for others; if it's wrong for others, it's wrong for us”. Whilst in this case the discussion concerned activity at the level of the state, the same truism can be equally applied to the level of the individual, Indeed, strict adherence to this elementary moral truism – at both the level of the state, and the level of the individual - is our only way out of the catastrophe that has befallen us, in Iraq and at home.

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