Being Nowhere
Circus Tradition
Class Politics
Enormous Loss
Haditha Tragedy
Homeless Being
Illegal Camping Ordinance
Journalism Priviledge
Keep Us Safe
Leadership and the People

Lesser Evils
Lynching Iraq
News for Working People
Nice Cops
Palestinian Democracy
Poison Fish
Political Communication
Selective Memory
Vestigial Entrances

Lesser Evils

Being forced to choose the lesser of two evils, one inevitably chooses evil. For half a century Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets, Jr. declined to recognize this inevitability. It was a flaw of character that lasted to the end of his life. None of us is perfect. But there is no reason the rest of us should live in that shadow, or enshrine the error as though it were a matter of national pride. In fact, it would likely do us good, as a nation, if on the anniversary of those dates we participated in the rites of mourning. Invariably, necessity trails regret in its wake.













©Al Katz • Prof. of law SUNY, Buffalo, 1969-1989 (ret.)