Lesley Stahl: Did you meet a lot of people who perpetrated war crimes who would otherwise in your opinion have been just a normal, upstanding citizen?

    Benjamin Ferencz: Of course, is my answer. These men would never have been murderers had it not been for the war. These were people who could quote Goethe, who loved Wagner, who were polite--

    Lesley Stahl: What turns a man into a savage beast like that?

    Benjamin Ferencz: He's not a savage. He's an intelligent, patriotic human being.

    Lesley Stahl: He's a savage when he does the murder though.

    Benjamin Ferencz: No. He's a patriotic human being acting in the interest of his country, in his mind.

    Lesley Stahl: You don't think they turn into savages even for the act?

    Benjamin Ferencz: Do you think the man who dropped the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima was a savage? Now I will tell you something very profound, which I have learned after many years. War makes murderers out of otherwise decent people. All wars, and all decent people.



snoodog:

Lesley Stahl comes off as a total ignoramus, in the interview, what a tool, exactly what I would expect from MSM. Ferencz is incredibly wise though and its interesting to hear his responses to these ignorant questions.


posted by rrrrr: 214 days ago