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"We are sure of our victory against the Americans and the Jews as promised by the Prophet: Judgment day shall not come until the Muslim fights the Jew, where the Jew will hide behind trees and stones, and the tree and the stone will speak and say 'Muslim, behind me is a Jew. Come and kill him.'"
-Osama Bin Muhammad Bin Awad Bin Laden
I think that we as a country are neglecting to address directly the nature of the enemy and the degree to which the lines of reasoning and inspirations to action differ from ours as members of western society. Were a war to begin now it would not be a war against terrorism, as terrorism has no face and no culture. It will be a war between two societies, two cultures, two sets of values, two religions. These people hate us because they believe (rightly or wrongly, I will not presume to judge) that America imposes itself on the middle east and that our actions there blindly support Jews and kill Iraqi children. Their sentiments are mirrored in us. We hate them because their actions seem to blindly support Muslims and kill Americans.
They see us as the terrorists.
It is probably true for most of us that the word "terrorist" itself conjures the image of a dark-eyed, bearded, middle-eastern man. It is exactly opposite for that man. He sees an American.
It is hard to think in terms of our freedom because it seems to come down to the question of our freedom VS. their freedom.
Who deserves freedom?
Americans have died at the hands of Muslims. Muslims have died at the hands of Americans. Whose life was worth more?
My opinion is that presumption and ego are powerful weapons, and when stubborn ego presumes correctness- political, religious, you name it- the unfortunate result is always conflict.
Conflict spurs aggression, which leads to war, which causes death.
I think it's a sad cycle, and here we are, in the midst of it again, stirring up unanswerable questions, asserting opinion as unalterable truth.
Anthrax has killed 20 Americans in the last 100 years, but in the next 10 minutes, about 20 Americans will die of some preventable illness or injury. An estimated 2,700 Americans will die of preventable injury or illness by this time tomorrow. Tobacco kills 500,000-plus Americans each and every year; by comparison, as a cause of personal mayhem and death, tobacco makes terrorism of any kind look like a pimple on our rear ends. The media helps to skew our sense of relative risk; it makes one anthrax death in Florida sound like an express train coming at us while the deaths of a million Americans every year from preventable illness and disease sound like a dropping pin.
Terrorists have infiltrated the high schools, where they have formed an elite clique of basketball players who shun unpopular students, making them sullen and withdrawn, unable to shop. Some terrorists have even disguised themselves as eighth-grade boys, who plan to travel to Washington secretly, to place tacks on the chairs of Congress, and short-sheet the president's bed.
Maybe the whole scheme of sending Anthrax throught the mail is a carefully calculated scheme on behalf of terrorists to manipulate the army of postal worker that the United States Government employs and quarters among its citizens by increasing the everyday stress in an already stressful workplace thereby causing mass hysteria at the post offices across the nation so as to utilize an already existing force of thousands, mobilizing them and inducing them to obtain automatic weapons and, in the parlance of the times, "go postal on our asses," thereby circumventing the need for an invading army or any investment in outfitting, training, and arming an invasion force...
So watch out for that guy comin' down the street in that funky lookin' postal truck, he's just a tool for the masterminds...
So then our Indian massacre a couple hundred years ago was, the right thing to do? Enslaving blacks because we had the upper hand was, the right thing to do? Hitler's slaughter of countless innocent men women and children...was the right thing to do?
Sunday's Post printed this article. It's about Louisiana free blacks who owned slaves. Not to digress, Stu, but your post made me think of it. By the way, where I live, the Civil war lives on and on and ON. We have lots of re-enactments every year, and there's tons of bumper stickers with rebel flags and things that say, "Yankee go home." It's a whole different world down here.
Obviously, Stu, many acts bring up complicated moral issues. So yeah, you can contest the good or evil inherent in an act on a moral level. But I don't hear much complaining about how it's wrong to be an American and enjoy the most comfortable lifestyle and the longest life expectancy of any place on the globe... even though the wonderful land of America was taken by force from the Native americans. In fact, I hear how it is GOOD to be an american, where at least you know you're free. And I'm sad to say, but if Hitler had had enough "might" to win the war and be right, you and I, would probably be doing the goose-step right now saying shit like "heil hitler" and "goodenhauserhudenhosen." Even if we were doing it with a luger to our heads. As for slavery... that stuff is not unique to American heritage, it has been around forever. Only very recently, since the ideals of democracy, which notably rose in the land that was stolen with bloody hands from its native population, became widely accepted has it become a moral wrong to hold slaves. (And I'm talking slaves of a losing nation regardless of race, not necessarily slaves of different races based on racial motives. The greeks, trojans, romans, persians, huns, and others all enslaved the hell out of each other whenever they could.) Part of the reason for it is that nobody's gonna punish someone that's powerful enough to hold slaves or massacre people (Massacres, by the way have happened as a matter of regular course historically. Again, check out the Athenians who would kill all the men of a village and enslave the children and women. And they were "ENLIGHTENED".) because that person is usually the one that deals out the punishment himself. Go figure. You can always say "That aint right, man!" but that doesn't necessarily mean that there will be any repercussions for those acts unless there's another bigger badder boy on the block to rub his nose in it.