Extremeism is not a viceTo the Editor:
I am not a war-monger and I don't want to overthrow peaceful governments. I don't approve of some of the CIA's past deeds and I am far from being fully supportive of them now. However, I must stress: by and large they try to do what they are supposed to -- keep the "red cancer" from spreading over the world's body. Perhaps abuse is inevitable in any governmental agency and it is certainly hard to keep one's hands clean in a dirty world, but...
About clean hands: isn't this a true reason of protests against the CIA recruitment on campus? The logic is simple: I don't care if a particular government slaughters its own as long as I am not involved. It happened before in Cambodia and Nicaragua, it's probably gonna happen again in South Africa. Well, there is another term for this kind of attitude: to wash one's hands out.
I came to this country from Russia less than two years ago. I tasted the KGB there. And I believe I have a proper background to remind the protesters that extremism in defending freedom is no vice and moderation in pursuing justice is no virtue.
Slava Serota G->