J. Henley sur un cliché :
As an aside, we all know by now that one dead Frenchman or other (Talleyrand? the duc D’Enghien?) famously criticized an offense by declaring, “It was worse than a crime. It was a mistake.”
Iraq-War critics sometimes quote it. It sounds world-weary and cynical and lets the critic avoid sounding like some hippie maundering about law and morality. I hate that. In the real world, crimes are worse than mistakes, and unjustified wars are crimes.
Add. Jim Henley revient sur le fond cynique du mot d'esprit.