A Chilling Thought
I’ve yet to trace the history sufficiently to form a strong opinion about the Robert McNamara, although I do generally distasteful to snarl at the dead on the occasion of death. The remarkable chill, though, emanates from the comments to the post at that link, beginning with the following unobjectionable suggestion from Lee Rosten:
I suspect he will now face the real judge of his life’s achievements and it will not be pretty.
To that, FritzieZivic retorts:
Nothing will happen to R.McN. He’s dead. That’s it. His dirty work is his legacy and that is the end of the story.
Forget about at least that member of the ‘Best and the Brightest’ club getting his just desserts ‘on the other side.’
With the final chill coming with Charles Drago’s “near-total agreement” (emphasis in original):
What awaits McNamara, his masters, and their accessories on the “other side” is not our proper concern.
God’s work is our own — right here, right now.
Think about that. Drago has made punishment on a par with eternal damnation a temporal project for humanity. What punishment couldn’t be excused on those grounds, should the powerful deem one to be secularly evil?
It’s nothing new to see the unholy alliance of such theists and atheists point in the direction of human beings as deserving of the responsibilities and powers rightly left to the Deity, but seeing it plied in the service of retribution is a frightening display that I hope has little currency in the population at large.