Caenwyr wrote:You cannot condemn an entire nation for the action of some crazy folks!
linguoboy wrote:Caenwyr wrote:You cannot condemn an entire nation for the action of some crazy folks!
And "some crazy folks" is another variation on the old "a few bad apples" argument that the mayor of my city trots out whenever another elected official or city employee is hauled off on corruption charges or the President uses whenever evidence of torture by the armed forces is uncovered. It's a lame defence against a policy which is shown to be systematic and persistent between administrations.
Caenwyr wrote:So here I am now. Linguoboy, you're quite right when you say responsibility does not end with the refusal to do certain unethical/illegal things yourself. One is indeed, to some extent, responsible for the actions of the people living around you - and especially those you voted for in a representative democracy. In the same way the Germans were to some extent responsible for the genocide(s) preceding and during WWII, but I don't think you could say every single German is fully responsible for what happened in, say, Treblinka. They elected the nazis alright, but did they realize what was going to happen? Some might say "yes they did". Personally I'm not so sure.
I believe one should be very careful: there still is a huge difference between accusing certain political, religious, police and multimedia actors of the crimes mentioned so often before (thus indeed ascribing a certain responsibility to the entire Greek nation) and saying this entire nation is downright responsible, and therefor barbaric. This too borders on discrimination.
Talib wrote:True as that may be, it assumes perfect information. Do most Greeks know the finer details of their country's policies towards minorities? If they do, do they see them as discriminatory?
Talib wrote:About the Slavic-speaking population of Greece, I have to admit I didn't know that until reading this thread.
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