Tuesday, September 2, 2008

(Dis)Honor?

I was flipping through the newspaper the other day and landed at the first page of the obituaries.

There, I found the story of Yuri Nosenko, 81, ex-KGB agent (a soldier that works for national defense in the Soviet Union during the Cold War).

During the height of the Cold War (nuclear arms threat battle between the U.S. and the Soviet Union), he went to Switzerland and defected to the U.S. in 1964. After years of being interrogated and held in various prisons lest he's a double agent (someone pretending to be a traitor but is actually a spy), he was finally admitted into a U.S. intelligence agency. He submitted crucial Russian dossiers and documents that helped the U.S. gain an edge against the Soviet Union.

He died last week, a month after CIA director Michael Hayden sent him a flag and a letter of thanks.

Yes, he helped this country, but he betrayed his previous one. Isn't that a bit immoral?

8 comments:

  1. DUH! It's never immoral if you're helping the good ol' USA. Hasn't Bush taught you anything sir?


    In case it didn't translate through type, that was dripping with sarcasm.

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  2. Don't Feed The PixiesSeptember 3, 2008 at 3:41 AM

    Oh I don't know - if we want to talk about immoral lets take the case of all those Nazi war criminals who experimented on inmates, but never came to trial because their research was invaluable to the allies, so they got shipped out and re-homed.

    I don't feel any particular loyalty to my country - it's just a place to live (and not too bad a one either on the whole), so i guess the question is did he remain true to his personal loyalties and beliefs? If so was he really a traitor? Far, far too deep for a wednesday morning :)

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  3. Tough call. I don't know. Betrayal/loyalty is always in the eyes of the beholder.

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  4. interesting thoughts ... i liked ep's "betrayal is in the eye of the beholder"

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  5. Einstein said more than he knew
    When he said that
    “It is all relative”

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  6. It is interesting that traitors are considered the epitome of evil when they're working for the other side, but heroes when they're working for one's own.....

    Personally, I avoid people who've run off with their friends' significant others....

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  7. Hmmm that's a tricky question... Perhaps he was playing along all the time and wanted to help US from the start... or did he just eventually realize that he would get an advantage by joining the US intelligence agency? I think it's more immoral if it is so that it wasn't his first purpose from the start... Hm I don't know really.

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  8. samurai
    your question inspired me to write a piece on kickboxing.

    before i forget, I switched my domain name ... if you click on my name in the comments it should bring you to my new site.

    Thanks :)

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