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comment by cliffelam

"Could he [Nazi war criminal Demjanjuk] have acted “morally” in the context within which he found himself?"

So, terrible PR for me at least - they lost me there. I have zero interest in the intense inner workings that must have led to that apparent conundrum. I didn't watch the Japanese half of Clint's WWII biopic either, same reason.


mpoe  ·  2097 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The interesting thing, to me, is that the workings that led to the conundrum were not personal. Demjaniuk did not make the situation in which he had to act; he was born into it. So to understand what he did--and whether or to what extent he was "evil" or a "war criminal"--we need to understand that situation, IMHO.

cliffelam  ·  2097 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I probably agree with you, but situations like that fall broadly into my "don't need to understand" category. It sits right next to my "don't have an opinion" bag.


b_b  ·  2099 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That's a shame. Letters from Iwo Jima is one of the best war movies I've ever seen.

cliffelam  ·  2098 days ago  ·  link  ·  

30 Seconds over Tokyo