The Lesser of Two Evils

This could be applied to both personal and international matters.

OK, in regards to the US, it has been known it has backed murderous right-wing dictators because it was the lesser of two evils. OK, among a person’s life, we often have to choose between poop and piss so we choose the less dangerous psychos among us!

Anyway, a lot of people don’t care for this doctrine. I mean, tons of anti-American youth overseas, regardless of left/right affiliation were often appalled at US policy – not seeing it as the lesser of two evils and some who are leftist simply want the left guys in power.

So, how do you readers feel about it? Should we just say, if something seems to be bad – then why not turn it all down? Is that even a feasible choice?

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14 thoughts on “The Lesser of Two Evils”

  1. What makes you think that Operation Ajax, Operation PBSUCCESS, or the Contra affair were in fact the lesser of two evils? In all three cases, the CIA deposed or tried to depose a democratically elected left-leaning government.

    As far as I can tell, the motivation for these operations was to protect British or American corporations from popular governments who threatened or planned to nationalize their assets; they wanted to keep colonial trophies and slave plantations.

    The results remain with us today; Iran is a theocratic siege state, Guatemala and Nicaragua are some of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere.

    In these three cases at least, it doesn’t seem at all clear that the people of Iran, Guatemala, or Nicaragua would have become slaves to communist dictators as they did in Russia and China; maybe they would have invested income from seized foreign assets into much-needed education, healthcare, and infrastructure.

    People are right to criticize US foreign policy; if the Americans had been more virtuous and less rapacious, the world would be a better place to live.

    1. Pinochet is the lesser of two evils to extreme conservatives – while Castro is the lesser of two evils for extreme liberals. I guess it’s subjective.

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