From: Steve Drew (email@example.com)
Date: Mon 18 Nov 2002 - 00:49:44 GMT
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: Why Europe is so Contrary
>>> 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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