Leviathan’s lies

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July 18, 2011
The American Conservative
by James Bovard  
Posted in Commentary

"While some people regard political lies as negligible offenses, official deceits often prove fatal to foreigners. Mearsheimer quotes recent research concluding that 'democracies are somewhat more likely than non-democracies to target [foreign] civilians' during wars. Why Leaders Lie examines the British government’s brazen falsehoods about the intentional slaughter of German civilians in RAF bombing raids during World War II. 'The British government did not want to tell its public that it was purposely killing civilians, because this was a gross violation of the laws of war.' Similarly, President Harry Truman told Americans in August 1945 that 'the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. ...'" (07/14/11)


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