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Friday, August 11, 2006

Imperfect Heroes

Some, probably most, of the people who do truly great and humane things are ordinary imperfect beings like you and me. When we aren't sure we are perfect it's harder to do good things. Craig Murray is one of those imperfect beings who did something great. You may have heard or read his story. He was a talented British diplomat, starting out his career in Uzbekistan, who decided that he couldn't keep quiet about the horrors there. By the time it was over a promising career was totally trashed, that road to glory closed, and the horrible situation in Uzbekistan goes on, but now you can't say you had no way of knowing.

I have known people who didn't like to be brave, but had to be brave because the alternative was so much worse. That's my favorite kind of courage I must say. I think this guy had that kind of courage.


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