Friday, November 17, 2006

Ο Milton και η Rose Friedman για το Ιράκ

Απεβίωσε χθες σε ηλικία 94 ετών ο Milton Friedman, ο πιο διάσημος φιλελεύθερος οικονομολόγος του 20ου αιώνα.

Όλοι τελευταία στην Ελλάδα απολαύσαμε την εξαιρετικά σημαντική συνέντευξη που έδωσε στον Φ. Περλικό για το e-rooster. Σ’ αυτήν έλεγε:

Όχι στο ευρώ!

Όχι στο ευρωσύνταγμα!

Όχι στη σοσιαλφιλελεύθερη συναίνεση!

Από μια άλλη πρόσφατη και εξαιρετικά γλαφυρή συνέντευξη του ιδίου και της συζύγου του Rose σταχυολογώ το παρακάτω απόσπασμα, που αναφέρεται στο Ιράκ.

[Mr. Friedman here shifted focus. "What's really killed the Republican Party isn't spending, it's Iraq. As it happens, I was opposed to going into Iraq from the beginning. I think it was a mistake, for the simple reason that I do not believe the United States of America ought to be involved in aggression." Mrs. Friedman--listening to her husband with an ear cocked--was now muttering darkly.

Milton: "Huh? What?" Rose: "This was not aggression!" Milton (exasperatedly): "It was aggression. Of course it was!" Rose: "You count it as aggression if it's against the people, not against the monster who's ruling them. We don't agree. This is the first thing to come along in our lives, of the deep things, that we don't agree on. We have disagreed on little things, obviously--such as, I don't want to go out to dinner, he wants to go out--but big issues, this is the first one!" Milton: "But, having said that, once we went in to Iraq, it seems to me very important that we make a success of it." Rose: "And we will!"

Mrs. Friedman, you will note, had the last word.]

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