Monday, April 23, 2007

More fun with compare and contrast

A Spree Killer's Long, Rambling Manifesto

Cho Seung-Hui, in the video mailed to NBC:
"You had a hundred billion chances and ways to have avoided today...You forced me into a corner and gave me only one option. The decision was yours. Now you have blood on your hands that will never wash off.''
George Bush, three days before the invasion of Iraq:
"Tomorrow is the day that we will determine whether or not diplomacy can work...You see, the decision is [Saddam's] to make. And it's been his to make all along as to whether or not there's the use of the military. He got to decide...these are his decisions to make."
Found at A Tiny Revolution. The question of the preznit's mental state has been debated for a long time. We've heard the "dry drunk syndrome" hypothesis, Bush as highly right-wing authoritarian (perhaps with a stiff dose of social dominance orientation), and Bush as psychopath. Perhaps a case could be made for some combination of the above. I take some comfort (cold though it may be) that I'm not the only one out there who finds Bush's entire worldview to be disturbing. In a different era under different circumstances the dude could be a lot like Charles Manson babbling about "Helter Skelter" and persuading some deluded post-adolescent true believers into committing mass murders. The differences are really only a matter of degree and social status.

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