From: Jeremy Bradley (email@example.com)
Date: Sun 17 Nov 2002 - 01:39:55 GMT
>........SNIP...... In every case where they have made
>attacks on embassies in foreign countries, they killed more civilians of
>that country than they did Americans. In other words, they don't care how
>many collateral deaths they cause in a country if they can kill one
>American. They are only "freedom fighters" in their own minds, not in the
>minds of the rest of the world. The fact that bin Laden praises such acts
>shows that it is a clash of cultures and what he is out to destroy is all
>non-Muslim governments and unbelievers. He feels anything done to the
>infidel is justified, and says as much in words and deeds.
Please Grant, I am not discussing events, other than as examples, just
perceptions and what forms them within a culture. You say that you see
terrorists as mindless non-state thugs who have nothing but world
domination on their minds (oops I've made an oxymoron), whereas I maintain
that they have both minds and purpose. I am not saying that one side is
gooder or bader than the other - you are.
I also would suggest that from the perceptions of the 'terrorists' they are
fighting a just war - a declared war - and therefore are soldiers and not
terrorists at all.
I do, I admit, on occasions, play the devil's advocate, but not this time
Think about what would happen if all the world leaders were kids in the
same pre-school. Would you, as the responsible adult in charge, insist that
they share the resources fairly or would you back little George's right to
be the only fat kid with a big stick hidden in his locker?
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