On the way home, dad and I talked about evil. I’m not sure I really believe in evil. Or rather I think that I feel that when you declare someone Evil that doesn’t mean you are automatically Good. So often declaring something or someone or some group as evil means you divorce the argument from any social or historical context. Was Hitler simply evil? I don’t think so. His actions were the result of his times and his choices. He brought horrible acts to bear and reveled in him but I don’t think it was because the Devil was influencing him – we was influenced by his own greed, fear and power. To say he was simply evil is to excuse his actions from being about something greater. I feel this way especially when Mr. Bush calls someone or some group ‘evildoers’ or says that we’re after a bunch of ‘killers’. It panders so much to the black/white, good/evil, might=right, kill first/questions later ethos. I still feel nauseous when I think of Lynn Cheney asking Wolf Blitzer ‘Do you want us to win this war?’ Journalists shoudn’t care who wins a war – as long as people are dying on either side they should be reporting it.