George Soros has obviously had a lot of therapy, too
Professor Bainbridge links to this Drudge report about George Soros, worldwide financier of the shadowy dealings.
According to Drudge, Soros said that Spain had "a very different response to terrorism - a healthier response" than the US. In response to this, Prof Bainbridge rightly asks, "Appeasement is healthy?"
My answer? No. But to some people yes, it is. The spread of a dumbed-down version of the ideas of some schools of therapy about what may be mentally healthy for the individual, and the unthinking and inappropriate application of these ideas to the political sphere, is at least partly responsible for these sorts of la-la-land statements. Plenty of people, all around the globe, believe just that--that appeasement is not only healthy, but that it works--although I'm not at all sure whether Soros is one of those believers.
But he sure talks the talk. Here are more Soros quotes: "Producing innocent victims creates anger and resentment. And this anger and resentment feeds terrorism...The attitude of creating innocent victims creates terrorists. It's as simple as that." No, Mr. Soros, it's not as simple as that. Would that it were. But, as I've written before, the left wishes very badly to believe the terrorists to be both rational actors and innocent victims. They consistently use the language of victimization--for which, once again, the spread of popular notions of therapy must take some blame.
Of course, Mr. Soros is not above creating a bit of anger and resentment himself, not to mention a few assaults. Somehow, though, his victims have managed not to turn themselves into terrorists.