Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Legal men & morality

Legal definitions had little to do with morality. It was legal to systemically poison the earth and sell arms to Third World lunatics. Politicians who themselves had avoided active service and never had listened to the sounds a flame thrower extracted from its victims, or zipped up body bags on the faces of their best friends, clamored for war and stood proudly in front of the flag while they sent others off to fight it.
The polluters and the war advocates are always legal men, as the Prince of Darkness is always a gentleman.
The John Gottis of this world make good entertainment. The polluters and the war advocates can be seen at prayer, on camera, in the National Cathedral. Unlike John Gotti, they're not very interesting, but they cause infinitely more damage.

James Lee Burke: Last Car to Elysian Fields

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