A Quote for Our Age
Let us not forget that violence does not and cannot flourish by itself; it is inevitably intertwined with lying. Between them there is the closest, the most profound and natural bond: nothing screens violence except lies, and the only way lies can hold out is by violence. Whoever has once announced violence as his method must inexorably choose lying as his principle.—Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, accepting the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1970
Oddly enough, the first line of this quote was trotted out by Ann Coulter in her book Godless to castigate liberals for their support (nay, love) of abortion. I trust she wasn't being shallow and callous in her choice of quotes, and that she deeply agrees with Mr. Solzhenitsyn on the topic he spent so much of his life writing about: the inhumane treatment of prisoners and the intrinsic value of the human soul. Right?
I think the government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East, and sending liberals to Guantanamo.—Ann Coulter, 2005