Of course you're right.  But the opposite is equally true:  the fact that the
Bush administration thinks something also does not mean it is right.
There is a disturbing attitude in this country, from what I read, that if the
French or a million Brits or anyone disagrees with Bush they must just be
wrong and childish ("someone has to be an adult") or treacherous (we
saved France so they should. . . ) or stupid or mad.  And it is also the
case that a strong view held by millions does need to be carefully
considered because it has a very great likelihood of being for serious
reasons.  And, moreover, in world politics the sheer fact that millions feel
strongly enough to march means that is a serious issue to address, not
mock or pretend to be above.


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> In a message dated 2/21/03 12:42:54 AM !!!First Boot!!!,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> And, on another note, do you think the millions who marched are
> all wrong and only Bush, et. al. right?

I have a problem with your logic here, Nancy.

Assuming one believes there is a right and wrong answer to this question,
the fact that millions of people who hold view A gathered on a particular
day, while millions of others, holding view B, did not, would not hold any
weight in determining which view is correct.

That is, the mere aggregation of people holding a given view is
irrelevant.  Moreover, even if millions more hold one view than another
(apart from the question of where and when they gather), the larger number
is not necessarily right.  Forty million Frenchmen CAN be wrong: or right,
depending upon the merits of their position, not upon their numbers.

Is that not so?

Tom K