Wer mit Ungeheuern kämpft

Makkun sends me a special report on torture, published in the British paper “The economist” on January 11th. The article ascertains that the US of A has stepped up its use of torture since 9/11.

I can believe that. It is not too surprising, though it does sadden me.

Nietzsche sums up my thoughts nicely in this famous quote of his:

Wer mit Ungeheuern kämpft, mag zusehen, daß er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird. Und wenn du lange in einen Abgrund blickst, blickt der Abgrund auch in dich hinein.

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And wenn you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.