Re: The terrorism meme

From: Jeremy Bradley (
Date: Sun 17 Nov 2002 - 01:39:55 GMT

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    Grant wrote
    >........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 Grant. 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? Jeremy

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