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By Rogier Fentener van Vlissingen, America Out Loud, Dec 30, 2022

Rogier Fentener van Vlissingen is a Dutch native, living in America since 1979, in both Connecticut and New York. He has worked in international shipping and most recently he has mostly been involved in energy efficiency and retrofitting. …

AvatarIf there is to be a Nuremberg 2.0, I do hope we will muster the wisdom to make it a truth and reconciliation-type process. Arguably, the worst perpetrators maybe should get a one-way ticket to Guantanamo Bay, or something similar, for there were grave crimes against humanity.

To come back to some of the ideas of my first article on America Out Loud, in the abortive dialog between Prof. Mattias Desmet and Dr. Peter Breggin, it seemed obvious to me that they were talking right past each other. Specifically, I argued that Breggin was operating on the manifest level of the story, and Desmet was exploring the latent content, which Breggin feared, unjustifiably, I think, might let the perpetrators off the hook. The real issue is more profound, and I like to go back to the famous quote from Solzhenitsyn:

If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it was necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956 …