December 28, 2004

The Things You Learn While Look Up Older Posts

"I think you should be under house you are obviously deranged."

No, that didn't come from Xrlq over a disagreement on principle versus pragmatic approaches to protecting our Rights. That came as a comment by Lj to this post from March 4th of 2004.

The post was about Italians protesting the "cruel" treatment of house arrest given to an 90+ year old man. Turns out the man was only caught a few years before & his crime was committed in the 1940's. I made a post about how the man deserved to be under the house (as in dead) rather than alive for his crimes, but obviously Lj thinks I went too far.

& what were his crimes? He executed two Italian civilians & ordered the execution of a few hundred others in his service to the Reich. Actually he was an SS captain & there were 335 civilians murdered. But he was only following orders.

Here's more on the bastard in question; one Erich Priebke

I'll be honest: if a civilian had murdered 335 other civilians one by one I wouldn't be so angry about people asking for his release. I'd still oppose it but I wouldn't be so emotional about it. But when an agent of the government does it he does it with the backing of the state. If a man walks up to me off the street & kills me then it's a bad thing but not so much a betrayal. When an agent of your own government uses the weight of your own government to kill or otherwise harm you, that's a betrayal of trust on top of everything else.

So despite my less than rational manner of stating it I still say that bastard should be killed very slowly. Then the people who decry his treatment as cruel should be lined up against a wall & summarily bitch slapped by the descendants of the victims of the bastard in question.

But to Lj I'm the one who should be under house arrest. Interesting. I can't decide if that's sad or amusing.

Posted by Publicola at December 28, 2004 06:41 AM

Maybe lj is someone you see a lot, and you know I'm not him, but just in case: I'm not lj. I always sign my comments "Les Jones", include an email address at the domain, and include a link to my site.

Again, if you didn't intend to imply that, no offense, and no offense taken, but some people might misconstrue that.

Posted by: Les Jones at December 29, 2004 02:30 PM

Because of the way you write I really didn't even consider that it could have been you. We've disagreed on a few things but you haven't resorted to usubstantiated ad hominem & as you point out you've always left a reognizable signature.

Lj is probably just someone who stumbled on that post through a google search for "sparkling twinkies with eye tally" & I doubt it's anyone I've seen before or will see again.

But to be clear I did not mean to imply in any way that it was you; I just used the initials the person left to identify them.

Posted by: Publicola at December 29, 2004 03:13 PM

Thanks, Pub. Like I said, no offense given or taken.

Posted by: Les Jones at January 1, 2005 10:54 PM
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