Re: Fwd: Radical New Views of Islam and the Origins of the Koran

From: Ned Wolpert (
Date: Thu Mar 07 2002 - 13:39:17 GMT

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    I thought it was Nixon who wanted to nuke Vietnam. Reagan joked about
    nuking USSR, if I remember correctly.

    And you do make an interesting point. If everyone can declare 'attack
    for we may be attacked' then the potential for disaster is

    Think about the little meme 'war against terrorism' that Bush started.
    Suddenly, it was ok to use unlimited force against the terrorist. Once
    that happened, every other conflict was called a 'response to
    terrorism'. ( The conflict of Kashmir became terrorism, even Milosevic
    used the concept that he was simply fighting terrorism like Bush is now
    as a trial defense.) Suddenly, its ok to fight your foes in world
    politics because you are also fighting 'terrorism'. [Side note, I
    wonder if the 'Contra freedom fighters' that Ray-Gun supported would now
    finally be considered terrorists?]

    I fear that in the current condition, everyone will start getting the
    fear, and attack even when there is no provocation or even perceived
    threat. This little meme is likely to have an interesting impact.

    On Wed, 2002-03-06 at 22:00, Jeremy Bradley wrote:
    > You have caught me out with a deliberate misspelling, but the tone of the
    > interview was such as to be quite scary. He did use the terms pre-emptive
    > and whatever means available. Besides, the recent White House revelations
    > that Ray-gun wanted to nuke North Vietnam do suggest that my misspelling
    > may not be too outrageous when it comes to right-wing extremists.
    > My point was that if pre-emptive strikes with the use of unlimited force
    > for the purpose of defence against potential aggression is the right of all
    > and sundry, and not just the axis of good, we are courting disaster.
    > Jeremy


    Virtually, Ned Wolpert <> 4e75

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