Simon Marks of the Newsweek published a lengthy article about Somaly Mam, one of Time’s 100 most influential people in 2009. It turns out that key pieces of her story were largely fabricated in order to gain support from the public for her cause and foundation.
Mam’s tale raises an important question, is it acceptable to use lie to attract support for a noble cause?
Before answering this question, let’s glimpse back the history:
In 1930s, a German politician promised to solve the economy and political crisis of German after World War I. After his election till his death, more than 50 million people died.
In the end of 1950s, a Chinese leader mobilized the entire country on an economic and social campaign to improve the life of Chinese people. Millions of people died within four years during the campaign.
In 2003, US military force invaded Iraq in order to disarm the latter from weapons of massive destruction (WMD). After eight years, no WMD had been found and millions of Iraq civilian died in the war.
Will we ever learn any lesson from these tragedies?