Dictators Free Themselves, but They Enslave the People

Dictators Free Themselves, but They Enslave the People September 1, 2013

Charley Chaplin said this at a grim time in history. It was a daring move on his part then, and it still is today. Definitely worth considering what he said then and how things have gone up to now, seventy years down the road.


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4 responses to “Dictators Free Themselves, but They Enslave the People”

  1. “I shall like to help everyone if possible.” Was it possible to have helped the Tutsis from a slaughter of 800,000 genecidal deaths? I think it was. Even Bill Clinton acknowledges it was a blight on his record. It was a dishonor to our national identity from which I have never forgotten. Genocidal dictators need to be stopped. Good wishes or good thoughts or even prayers don’t stop them. If you look the other way when the atrocities happen, then that is as grave a sin as if you commited them yourself. There is a man in the ditch and you have the power to be a Samaritan or walk on by, which is the moral choice?

  2. Manny, you are an enigma. You are the only combat veteran I’ve ever known who was eager to send people into combat.

    FWIW, I’m willing to hear arguments about the situation in Syria. But I begin with the premise that American troops should only be committed to protect America. Telling other people to go risk their lives to right a wrong is not the same as being willing to do it yourself. As a combat veteran, you know that.

  3. To clarify, I never said i was a combat veteran. I’m not. I don’t post on the internet what I do for a living, but I do work with the military.