A Reader Comments On Enoch Powell And Abu Ghraib


May 29, 2004

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Turkish Reader Comments On A Displaced American Quant;
Peter Brimelow Responds

From:  [Name
Withheld]

I
googled around on “Enoch Powell” today,
stimulated by seeing, this week, a prominent U.K.
Commodities analyst invoke the opening passage of

Enoch Powell`s
great

speech
­—


The
supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against
preventable evil…Those who knowingly shirk it, deserve,
and not infrequently receive, the curses of those who
come after.”

—to defend Washington`s activities
in Iraq (which struck me as utterly anomalous.)

So I found your

essays
. Do you realize how much more timely they are
now, than when you published them?

Most obviously, as you

noted
last Easter, are Powell`s reservations on the
price of domination. His comment (and yours) resonate
frighteningly:

After
eleven Mau Mau terrorists were beaten to death in the
Hola camp in Kenya in 1959…Powell said in a famous
speech: `I would say it is a fearful doctrine, which
must recoil upon the heads of those who pronounce it,

to stand in judgment on a fellow human being and say,
`Because he was such-and-such, therefore the
consequences which would otherwise flow from his death
shall not flow.` “


“My

[PB]
emphasis…looking at

alarming developments
like the Homeland Security
Act, I wonder about that recoil upon our heads.”