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A Reader Comments On Enoch Powell And Abu Ghraib
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May 29, 2004, 09:00 AM
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May 29, 2004

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A 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."