You probably can’t convince me to support torture. But I don’t ask for a society that does everything I think is best. I ask for a society that doesn’t deceive itself. I don’t think I agree with dropping the bomb on Japan. (I think it qualifies as what we, today, call terrorism.) But I get the argument. And it’s important that I get the argument. It’s important that I’m able to put myself in Truman’s shoes, and in those shoes, not have any certain idea of what I would have done.
We need more moral complexity in our lives.
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