nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

"There is no honor in hurting unarmed civilians"

A Marine tells off some New York police.

At about 4:00 someone asks him what he'd seen that had bothered him. "I was here Oct. 5. I saw them beating people, un- ... people that had nothing to do with anything, just grabbed them out the crowd, there's no honor in that. My mom, my father, everybody has served in Iraq, Afghanistan. Well, I did 14 months in Afg-... um, Iraq, my father was in Afghanistan, my mother did a year in Iraq. We fought for this country. I don't come home... I'm in New York City, I'm from New York City, and these cops are hurting people that, that I've, I fought to protect. There's no reason for this. There's no rea-... no honor in hurting unarmed civilians, and I won't let it happen. Have a good night.")

Link by way of osewalrus, thnidu, and tigerbright. thnidu supplied the transcript.

I've been reading The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen. I'll write more when I've finished reading the book, but the argument seems to be that people can know the practical and moral arguments against bad behavior for centuries, and nothing changes. What moves them is the idea that it would be beneath us-- and embarrassing-- to behave badly.

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