Why Europe is so Contrary

From: Steve Drew (sd014a6399@blueyonder.co.uk)
Date: Mon 18 Nov 2002 - 00:49:44 GMT

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    I don't have any problem with war on terrorists. In the UK we have had it for 30 odd years in the shape of the IRA (financed by the US and Libya - Odd combination)

    And if Europe is giving I to the Muslims, what about the Christians in the US. Bombs at abortion clinics, doctors threatened and killed etc.

    As far as I am aware the only time I have seen things black and white is on a chess board. But that is not life.

    > Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002 12:36:44 -0600
    > From: joedees@bellsouth.net
    > Subject: Re: Why Europe is so Contrary
    >>> snipping<
    >>> The international community adopts a similar approach to the
    >>> Middle East. After all, who is easier to condemn--Arabs or Jews? And
    >>> so the pressure always falls on the latter. Especially since
    >>> everyone knows that their conduct is generally guided by principles
    >>> of humanity, morality, honesty, compassion and justice.
    >> What has this rant got to do with memetics?
    > Oty has to do with the root causes for the European reticence to
    > engage a dire terrorist threat: fear. Quite simply, they are afraid to piss
    > off the maniacs; they would much rather snub the reasonable people,
    > because the reasonable people will not answer with truckbombs,
    > airplanes flown into skyscrapers, and poison gas in subway systems.
    > What the Europeans fail to realize is that they, inasmuch as they are
    > not Islamic and ruled by shar'ia law, will receive these attacks anyway,
    > simply because of who they are; part of the infidel Dar el Harb, and an
    > affront to Allah. Chamberlain once, as Churchill phrased it, had a
    > choice between war and dishonor, chose dishonor, and still got war.
    > Vis-a-vis Radical Muslim terrorists (Al Quaeda and others) and those
    > who would supply them with WMD's, many Europeans are facing the
    > same choice, and are making it in the same way that Chamberlain did.
    > Fear is a visceral memetic hook, sometimes overriding both logic and
    > the urge to freedom.

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