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#783851 - 03/12/02 03:46 PM Watch these:
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I don't know if any of you have seen these certain short movies, but do it now! And if you know about them, don't tell anybody.
http://home.kimo.com.tw/netspooky/kikia/

Also,
http://www.stonetable.org/files/whatswrong.swf

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#783852 - 03/12/02 08:10 PM Re: Watch these:
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Recommend the second one (under the also)- it's the better of the 2. Took me a while to figure out what was wrong with the picture - had to examine the fine detail.

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#783853 - 03/12/02 08:41 PM Re: Watch these:
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I couldn't get the first one to load -- maybe the site was too busy.

I did find what was wrong with the 2nd one, though, & I'm not usually good at games like that...
-Brad

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#783854 - 03/12/02 09:31 PM Re: Watch these:
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Second one was interesting. To say the least, I was surprised to find the error and it was so obvious after I saw it...
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#783855 - 03/12/02 09:42 PM Re: Watch these:
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#783856 - 03/12/02 09:42 PM Re: Watch these:
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I liked them both! The first one is probably better for people who read Chinese, but I think most people will get it. The second one, as the others have said, will have you slapping your forehead saying "DUH!" when you finally figure it out!
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#783857 - 03/12/02 09:48 PM Re: Watch these:
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Er, some of you guys seemingly aren't looking hard enough (or long enough, hint hint).

Stare for a LONG time at that second picture, the answer will come to you clearly, I guarantee it.

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#783858 - 03/12/02 11:47 PM Re: Watch these:
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aznxk3vi7, that second one was a scream!

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#783859 - 03/12/02 11:50 PM Re: Watch these:
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I hate it when everyone gets one of these puzzles but me. I can never see the airplane in the picture full of dots, either.

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#783860 - 03/13/02 06:20 PM Re: Watch these:
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Steve - turn your speakers on, there's some audio cues after a while.

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#783861 - 03/13/02 08:57 PM Re: Watch these:
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Yikes! Those were pretty funny.

Here's one a friend sent to me sometime ago. I'm not sure if the author of this site was serious or did the thing as "tongue-in-cheek" goof, but it's definitely whacky (imho). Crank your speakers and get ready to rock:
http://members.aol.com/tributetoamerica/dontstopbelievin.html

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#783862 - 03/13/02 10:50 PM Re: Watch these:
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Well, here's my contribution....

The first one is safe for all viewing. Enlarge it to full screen for best viewing.

I'm a cow-1

If you are easily offended, you should not view the second one however. So watch it at your own risk. If you watch it, don't blame me - I told you not to do it!

I'm a cow - 2 (warning!)

This one takes a long time to load. Scroll to the bottom of the page and wait for the "play" button to show up. It's hilarious - but not for the faint of heart.... Again, enlarge to full screen for best viewing.

[ March 13, 2002: Message edited by: Larry ]
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#783863 - 03/13/02 11:21 PM Re: Watch these:
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Well Larry, not being faint of heart I went straight for the number 2. You weren't lyin'. Seems the cow is not the only one into leather. \:D
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#783864 - 03/13/02 11:29 PM Re: Watch these:
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If we're all adding little clips, here's mine.
http://www.madblast.com/oska/humor_bin.swf

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#783865 - 03/13/02 11:38 PM Re: Watch these:
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#783866 - 03/14/02 12:50 AM Re: Watch these:
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Ok, one more.....

Monkey sniff

\:D \:D
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#783867 - 03/15/02 09:17 PM Re: Watch these:
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Ok..... I can't believe no one liked the monkey sniff.........
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#783868 - 03/15/02 10:12 PM Re: Watch these:
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Hehe, I love that monkey, but I've seen that many years ago... but it's still great!

No offense, but I don't like that Osama video, because it is spreading hate and violence, and it's against my religious beliefs. I believe no matter what the deed, forgiveness is always attainable.

Please no more discussion of that, any more funny videos?

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#783869 - 03/16/02 09:32 AM Re: Watch these:
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 Quote:
Originally posted by aznxk3vi17:


No offense, but I don't like that Osama video, because it is spreading hate and violence, and it's against my religious beliefs. I believe no matter what the deed, forgiveness is always attainable.

[/b]



Interesting you saw it that way. I saw it exactly the opposite -- making fun of the cavalier way in which Bush is attacking other people, showing how ludicrous he is in this endeavor. The ending, with a large chunk of the world blown away, was to me an indication the person who put it together saw what we were/are doing as ludicrous and dangerous.

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#783870 - 03/16/02 11:27 AM Re: Watch these:
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Good point.

If any of you have ever heard of Dance Dance Revolution, here are some movies of people in action:
www.bemanix.com/movie.asp

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#783871 - 03/16/02 01:55 PM Re: Watch these:
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Originally posted by George061875:

making fun of the cavalier way in which Bush is attacking other people, showing how ludicrous he is in this endeavor. The ending, with a large chunk of the world blown away, was to me an indication the person who put it together saw what we were/are doing as ludicrous and dangerous.[/b]


And how would you handle this George? Would you call a meeting and try to negotiate with them? Or would you just go ahead and give them control of the government?

It scares the hell out of me to think that there might be many people in this country who are as misinformed as you are and who are allowed to vote. Here's the facts for you: there's nothing cavalier about it. And for you to think that requires putting your political agenda ahead of common sense. Someone has to have the guts to stand up to people who have no concern for human life, and no agenda other than to kill people. The people Bush has targeted are not innocent civilians who have done nothing wrong. They are criminals and murderers. They are fanatics who have no intention of following standard rules of engagement, which means limiting your targets to military ones. They attack civilian targets just as quickly as they will a military one. In fact, they prefer civilian targets. Their motivation is hate. They would as soon kill you as look at you, simply because you are standing there.

These people do not deserve to live. They should be hunted down and killed where they stand. They are a danger to the entire civilized world. And they have no intention of honoring any rules of civility. They are only interested in destroying everyone and everything they can. *That* is the danger, George. That, and people who support them, as you apparently do.

Thank your lucky stars that I am not in charge. Because I *would* have done it differently. Instead of hunting down the criminals, I would have rounded up every innocent man, woman, and child, and transported them out of the country, and then nuked the whole thing. I would have left a scorched hole in the ground.

And in this country, I would have started a program of deportation of anyone who thought the way you do. We need more Americans, and fewer liberals in this country.
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#783872 - 03/16/02 03:39 PM Re: Watch these:
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Larry,

I thought about responding to this but I knew you would be along. Now, after tossing out a hyperbolic comment like "cavalier way in which Bush is attacking other people", watch how shocked and surprised he is at what came back. ;\)
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#783873 - 03/16/02 08:52 PM Re: Watch these:
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Originally posted by Larry:


And how would you handle this George? [/b]


How? I would recognize that men like Osama Bin Laden cannot do what they do unless they can find others to do the work for them. Why are there 1000's of terrorists? Because of the US blind support of Israel and the US decision to place troops in the Middle East. It is also because the current rulers in the Middle East deny the legitimate economic and political aspirations of their people.

So, my answer....

1. Force Israel to create the Palestinian State. It is time. We have made Israel secure. We can now do the same for the Palestinians. Use some of the billions we are spending in this war to stabilize and build the new state.

2. Force higher fuel efficiency of our automobiles, and force them to move to the hybrid cars and alternative fuels. Become independent of foreign oil and remove ALL of our troops from the Middle East.

3. As opposed to what George 1 did in sending our children to prop up the distatorships of the Middle East, use our political and economic might and force the dictatorships in the Middle East to open their societies up -- freedom of the press is the first thing they must have.

Osama Bin Laden must have an army of terrorists to do what he does. He only has one because we have been focused solely on Israel and making sure the oil fields are secure -- and hence we have traded away the future of the Islamic youth for Israel and low gasoline prices. Change this and Osama no longer has his army and the US and the world will be secure.

It might also be a far better place.

And yes, Bush's defining the attack as an act of war, instead of an act of terrorism was cavalier. His defining an "axis of evil" is cavalier. His demanding that all countries choose either His way or be defined as in the terrorist camp is cavalier. Sending American troops to every little country He thinks has terrorists is cavalier.

Is it really too much to expect the United States, with its strong values of freedom, openness, equality and peace to export these values to the world instead of war?

Are we that limited in our creativity of how to lead the world? I think not. We created a free and secure Europe without war. Why can't we do the same thing in other places in the world? And specifically the Middle East because it is the birthplace of the terrorist threat against us?

But then, killing is always so much easier, and feeds our lower nature's demand for revenge.

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#783874 - 03/16/02 10:51 PM Re: Watch these:
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There is so much wrong about this I really don't know where to begin. I also don't see the point. However, you speak of changing the Middle East with our political and economic might. Fat chance without military might to back it up. You say we created a free and secure Europe without war. I seem to recall one hell of a war over there and we were right in the middle of it. Force fuel economy to acheive energy independence? Could not work even at the point of a gun. Force Israel to create a Palestinian state? The Palestinians will never be satisfied with anything but the destruction of Israel. I could go on and on but why bother. Why should I expend anymore effort trying to make you see what is right under your nose. This is a waste of my time.
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#783875 - 03/16/02 10:57 PM Re: Watch these:
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 Quote:
Originally posted by George061875:

Because of the US blind support of Israel and the US decision to place troops in the Middle East. It is also because the current rulers in the Middle East deny the legitimate economic and political aspirations of their people.

1. Force Israel to create the Palestinian State. It is time. We have made Israel secure. We can now do the same for the Palestinians. Use some of the billions we are spending in this war to stabilize and build the new state.
[/b]


Blind support? Where did you go to school? There already *is* a Palestinian state, George. It's called Jordan[/b]. The land that is called Israel has belonged to Isreal since the dawn of recorded history. The idea that it somehow belonged to the Arabs is a myth. It doesn't, it won't, and it never did. There are 24 Arab nations that surround Israel, and Israel is but a little dot on the map in relation to their size. Support of Israel? You bet! If the Palestinians want to blame someone for taking their land, let them turn to Jordan and blame them. They are the ones who took their land, not Israel. The arabs have no right to the land of Israel, and they have no right to another state. All this is is political propaganda, which you obviously have bought into because you don't know the true history of the region. So I'll give you a couple of places to go learn it:

It has always belonged to the Jews

The Arabs are the enterlopers

The truth is, we aren't supporting Israel enough. What we ought to do is make Jordan give back the land they stole from Israel, and then load up all the so called "Palestinians" and put them back into Jordan and Syria where they belong. The Palestinians don't deserve another state, and they don't deserve the land that belongs to Israel. Oil has nothing to do with it.


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2. Force higher fuel efficiency of our automobiles, and force them to move to the hybrid cars and alternative fuels. Become independent of foreign oil and remove ALL of our troops from the Middle East.[/b]


Then are you willing to allow drilling in the area of Alaska that the rest of the liberals are screaming bloody murder about? I agree we should reduce our dependence on foreign oil. But giving dreamy eyed pie in the sky ideas is of no help. The entire world depends on oil, not just us. As a result, someone has to see that the idiots who live on the land where the oil is aren't able to disrupt the rest of the world as they act like a bunch of stone age fools.

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3. As opposed to what George 1 did in sending our children to prop up the distatorships of the Middle East, use our political and economic might and force the dictatorships in the Middle East to open their societies up -- freedom of the press is the first thing they must have. [/b]


More starry eyed liberal thought that ignores reality. Before this can work, you have to be dealing with people who are capable of being rational. The arabs aren't capable of being rational. You can't reason with them. So you aren't going to get them to open up anything.


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and hence we have traded away the future of the Islamic youth for Israel and low gasoline prices. Change this and Osama no longer has his army and the US and the world will be secure. [/b]


Bull ****, George. The Arabs [/b] traded away the future of their youth, by feeding them fanatical lies and propaganda, and by focusing on eliminating Israel. This isn't about a "Palestinian state", it's about eliminating Israel. And it isn't going to happen. They need to get over it. Israel is[/b]. You bet we'll support them. And nothing you do or nothing you will say will cause Osama and his criminals to change their ways and settle down to live in peace with the rest of the world. They have led you down a primrose path, George. They don't care about Israel, or the "Palestinians". They only care about what's in it for them. They want power. They want to rule over someone, preferrably everyone. Islam is their excuse. And liberals who buy into your line of thinking are their tools.

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And yes, Bush's defining the attack as an act of war, instead of an act of terrorism was cavalier. His defining an "axis of evil" is cavalier. His demanding that all countries choose either His way or be defined as in the terrorist camp is cavalier. Sending American troops to every little country He thinks has terrorists is cavalier.[/b]


I guess you thought when Ronald Reagan called the USSR The Evil Empire you considered him to be cavalier, too? Well, where is the USSR now, George? The truth is that Bush has far more vision than you'll ever have. He knew exactly what he was doing when he made that statement. It wasn't a mistake. It was said on purpose. And it was about time.

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Is it really too much to expect the United States, with its strong values of freedom, openness, equality and peace to export these values to the world instead of war? [/b]

Pacifist BS, George. You can't export these things to fanatics who don't understand anything other than brute force. You assume too much when you assume these people are capable of accepting logic and reason, or even understanding it. The cold reality is, they only understand brutality. So you can't reason with them. You can only hunt them down and kill them.

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But then, killing is always so much easier, and feeds our lower nature's demand for revenge.[/b]


Ah yes. Elevate yourself to a position of superior civility by accusing those who fight your battles for you of being mere brutes. Wake up George. It wasn't a bunch of Midwestern farmers who flew a plane into a building full of arabs somewhere in the middle east and killed them all. Revenge has nothing to do with it. The world is faced with a large and entrenched group of fanatical criminals who are hiding behind a religion and using the political landscape as their excuse to terrorize the world. They were able to become strong because for the last 8 years no one was watching the store. We now have someone in office who has the guts to do what needs to be done to correct the problems created by 8 years of neglect. More neglect by trying to reason with fanatics is not the answer. It's time to quit talking and start kicking ass. And that's just what's happening.
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#783876 - 03/17/02 12:15 AM Re: Watch these:
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War became the option, if not the only option, the moment Bush2 declared the attack was an act of war. Had he declared it a terrorist act, we would have had innumberable other options. But they are gone to us now, and our children are being killed, because Bush2 keft us with only one option -- to attack back.

Up until WWII, the typical course of action was for the victor to vanquish and punish the loser. But the US was the strongest nation by far in 1945 and we rose to our higher values and decided that we would not do that. Rather, we would rebuild our enemies, give them a strong economic system and a strong democratic system. We did. It worked marvelously and we changed the course of history and the way enemies are treated in defeat.

On 9/11, we were again the strongest nation, by far, of any on earth. No one even close. We had any option we wanted. No one would have stopped us. We could have sought out the terrorists, without a war in Afganistan. We could have rounded them up, and put them on trial at the World Court, where the entire world could judge them, rather than plan for secret, kangaroo courts on US ships. We could have created and led an international coaliton NOT to kill people, but to expand freedom and free markets. We could have raised the world up to our standards as a nation, rather than lowering ourselves to the historical standards that the world had always used to fight violence -- more violence. It has never worked in the past. It will not work now.

Now, just six months later, the hatred of the US grows, rather than diminishes. Our allies are putting the brakes on Bush2's efforts to expand our military operations to other countries because they see the foolhardiness of it. Rather than leading the world in a new direction, a direction based on American values, we are being reined in like a petulant bully.

What happened on 9/11 was a terrible, terrible thing. But it could have been used for so much good -- America could have changed historical trends again. But we didn't. We chose, instead, to go to war.

How very sad for us and for the world.

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#783877 - 03/17/02 12:44 AM Re: Watch these:
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You seem to forget that before we could rebuild our enemies we had to KICK THEIR BUTTS. You are leaving out an important step there.

As far as rounding up the terrorists and putting them on trial in the world court how in the heck are you going to go into Afghanistan (for instance) and round up terrorists without starting a war. Just show up with warrants and say we're here to pick up these gentlemen? You are truly living in a dream world. Even if you could get them in front of a "world court" I can only imagine the sort of rough justice that would be meted out. It would be a long drawn out circus. And this is the sort of response you contemplate to the depravity committed against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I used to think guys like you would need a building to fall on you to see the light but now I can see that I was quite literally wrong. Even that has no effect.
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#783878 - 03/17/02 01:00 AM Re: Watch these:
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I agree with JBryan. Terrorists need to know that there will be NO SAFE HAVEN for them. This is not the same kind of enemy that opposed the civilized world in World War II. This is a network of cells, some sleeping cells. They need training, the kind of training they got in Afghanistan. We have to physically disrupt that wherever we find it. We should make every nation with a thought of hosting this hoodlums scared out of their minds to contemplate it for a single second!

Without this training and organization, we'll have a few crazies on our hand, but not the kind of threat we faced on Sept. 11. So yes, we must face world opposition and go it alone if we have to. Because we have to. I'm less concerned about what the world, or specifically Europe, thinks of us. They don't share all of our values. It is the values in our founding documents that need to change world opinion, not world opinion change our values.

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#783879 - 03/17/02 02:19 AM Re: Watch these:
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 Quote:
Originally posted by George061875:

We could have rounded them up, and put them on trial at the World Court, where the entire world could judge them, rather than plan for secret, kangaroo courts on US ships.

How very sad for us and for the world.[/b]



The World Court? This World Court?

The destruction of the US constitution part 1
The destruction of the US Constitution part 2
The destruction of the US Constitution part 3
The destruction of the US Constitution part 4
The destruction of the US Constitution part 5

That World Court George? What other rights would you like to give away?

World Court my hind end. The criminals had US justice coming to them, not justice determined by a bunch of little rogue nations that hate us anyway.

The government of the United States should officially renounce the very existence of the world court, and place them on notice that not only will they absolutely not recognize their authority in any instance, but that if they try to hold jurisdiction over any American citizen they will be destroyed just as surely as the Taliban was destroyed. And then they should toss the communist UN out on their ear. And anyone who supports the very idea of a world court should be put on one of those "kangaroo court" ships and tried for treason, then shot at dawn.

You are one seriously misguided individual, George.
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#783880 - 03/17/02 09:18 AM Re: Watch these:
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Penny:
I agree with JBryan. Terrorists need to know that there will be NO SAFE HAVEN for them. This is not the same kind of enemy that opposed the civilized world in World War II. This is a network of cells, some sleeping cells. They need training, the kind of training they got in Afghanistan. We have to physically disrupt that wherever we find it. We should make every nation with a thought of hosting this hoodlums scared out of their minds to contemplate it for a single second![/b]


Penny

On the face of it, these seems logical and reasonable. But it makes for a policy which does not provide the security we all want.

Perhaps the best example I can give is that of Israel. What you have espoused is the policy of Israel. Clearly, it does not work. Israel's actions have done nothing more than generate additional hatred for them, additional violence and continuing attacks on Israel.

Do you think Israel would be under attack now if after the 1967 war they had done the same thing as the US did with Germany and Japan after WWII? If Israel had been doing this the past 35 years, instead of following the policy you and others feel is the way to go, Israel would be secure today. Maybe not loved, but secure.

Is this not what we really want? Security and lack of terrorist attacks? The why should we follow what is obviously a failed policy when we, in our own history, know what works?

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#783881 - 03/17/02 09:21 AM Re: Watch these:
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Larry:
That World Court George? What other rights would you like to give away?
[/b]


Larry

Mr. Ashcroft and Mr. Bush are do quite a good job at taking my rights away. They have done far more to destroy the rights and freedoms that America is about than Osama Bin Laden ever dreamed of when he conceived of attacking the WTC.

The World Court can't even come close to destroying the Bill of Rights at the same level that Ashcrift and Bush have done.

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#783882 - 03/17/02 10:40 AM Re: Watch these:
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Hysterical nonsense.
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#783883 - 03/17/02 12:30 PM Re: Watch these:
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 Quote:
Originally posted by JBryan:
Hysterical nonsense.[/b]


Really?

I never thought I would be in an America where some underpaid "security official" could order me to take off my shoes in a public airport, could grope my body to check for any small bulge and then demand I reveal what I am carrying in my pockets, who would rifle through all of my personal belongings I am carrying with me.

Nor did I ever think I would be in an America where all of my emails, my phone records, my personal correspondence are open to the government to review without a search warrant.

Nor did I ever think I would be in an America where a President, without a Congressionally declared war as required in the Consitutuion, would take upon himself the right to decide where someone is tried, who would act as judge and jury, decide the criteria for guilt outside of the criteria established by law, and announce that he will do all of this in secret.

If this is hysterical nonsense, then so is the Bill of Rights.

If Bush2 really feels he should have the ability to take these rights away from us, then he should have the guts to go before the Congress and ask for a formal declaration of war. By getting one, he then gains a tremendous ability to forego individual freeedoms. What we get, if a war is declared, is knoweldge of when this suspension of rights will end -- when the war ends.

Any body out there able to give me an idea of when this assault by Bush on our rights will end? Oh that's right -- it will end when he, or a future President, decides it will end.

Hmmmm....

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#783884 - 03/17/02 12:43 PM Re: Watch these:
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The World Court can't even come close to destroying the Bill of Rights at the same level that Ashcrift and Bush have done.[/b]


I see you didn't even bother to read the links I gave you. You just shut your mind and continued to spout your same misinformed liberal mantra.

You know of course that the UN is also right as we speak setting up a world taxation program, do you not? You will soon be forced to pay international taxes, taxes set by people other than our own government? And you realize that the UN is also setting up their own standing army, something that once you combine their legal arm and their taxation arm means that they become the one world government that will then make our own constitution secondary to their authority? Do you know who we have to thank for this? Clinton, and all the socialists that have taken over the once proud Democratic party. Do you know how they did it? Because people like you won't open your eyes and see that your country is being taken away from you by outside forces. It isn't the "corporations" that are doing it. It isn't Bush, Ashcroft, or the conservatives. What they are doing is trying to get a handle on the mess your crowd left us with, and save our country. Wake up George. If you and others like you don't wake up soon, you will be pledging allegiance to the flag of the New World Order, controlled by the Hague, and your rights will be subject to approval by countries like Zimbabwe and Iran. Once that happens, you and the rest of the liberals who thought you were just being "intellectually and civilly superior" to those warmongering conservatives will be looking for some more Bushes and Ashcrofts to pull your butt out of the fire, but it will be too late.
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#783885 - 03/17/02 01:07 PM Re: Watch these:
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George,
It is a miracle at all that Israel has survived this long! You actually think there could be peace in the region. You don't understand. Israel's enemies HATE HER and won't rest until they see her complete annihilation! The animosity goes back to biblical times! Israel was already willing to give Palestine over 90 percent of what it was seeking and Arafat still said no. Bill Clinton was severely disappointed in Arafat. If he can see the futility, why can't you?

There are fanatical Muslims that teach 5-year-olds to hate Jews and look forward to killing them. They purposefully target civilians. They celebrate each death of a Jew, man, woman and child.

There are no simple solutions under these circumstances.

Israel has survived. And now terrorists are putting America in survival mode.

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#783886 - 03/17/02 01:19 PM Re: Watch these:
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It's been fun fencing with you George but I have to leave town for a couple of days. I just don't have the time to address the liberal claptrap you have posted above. However, I'm sure Larry, Penny and others will oblige. Bye for now. :p
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#783887 - 03/17/02 05:14 PM Re: Watch these:
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Hmmm...It is clear to me that George hasn't been to Israel lately. I've spent about two months over there during the past 12 months, and it's a complicated mess. It is difficult to explain what it feels like to experience first-hand the hatred that exists over there. I ran across it once entirely by accident and am glad to remain in posession of my scalp. I hope that none of you has to see this.

There is much disagreement within the Israeli polity on how to best achieve peace and security. There have been a lot of different changes in government within Israel that have tried both reconciliation and hard-line approaches. One of the real tragedies is that just when peace seems almost within reach that there is always attacks and disruption from the extremes, the people that have the most to loose from peace.

There is a sitting Justice on the Israeli Supreme Court that has some interesting things to say on the issue of security vs. civil liberties. Unlike Benjamin Franklin's assertion that "Anybody who is willing to pay for security with freedom deserves neither", this Justice asserts that there is in fact a tradeoff between liberty and security. Judges have to weigh these two principles frequently against each other when they come into conflict. And so must we, as a society, re-think what it means to be free in an age of terrorism.

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#783888 - 03/17/02 09:49 PM Re: Watch these:
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T2,
Nice quote from Golda Meyer but it doesn't apply anymore. I wish it still did. The parents of suicide bombers rejoice that their children are in their heaven. They raise children to become suicide bombers. This is how they "love" them.

Like I said, this is a completely different kind of evil than what we faced in WWII.

penny

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#783889 - 03/18/02 10:09 AM Re: Watch these:
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Originally posted by Penny:
T2,
Nice quote from Golda Meyer but it doesn't apply anymore. I wish it still did. The parents of suicide bombers rejoice that their children are in their heaven. They raise children to become suicide bombers. This is how they "love" them.

Like I said, this is a completely different kind of evil than what we faced in WWII.

penny[/b]


Actually, Penny, it is not all that different from the evils of WWII. Hitler was able to rise to power only because of the treaty ending WWI which made the German people economically, politically and militarily powerless. They were thrown down by the rest of Europe and kept there until they took matters into their own hands. When they did, as always happens in these situations, the results are dictatorial, militaristic and have grave consequences for the world if the people who have been rendered impotent have adequate power to reek havoc, as the Germans did. The United States, after WWII, recognized this trend in history and would not allow it to happen in Europe again -- and took a totally different teck, which has proven remarkably successful.

However, we now have the Islamic people feeling impotent and ignored. We have legitimate political and economic aspirations of the peoples of that region being ignored and kept down. The US, along with its allies, for the sole purpose of maintaining the oil pipeline to feed our automobiles, are propping up regimes that do not have popular support, that deny the rights that the people are demanding, and that fail to allow the people to move into the future they wish to have.

And so, we see the same historical trends occuring again. Extremist leaders arise, garner a following of angry and committed young people who see no future for themselves, catch the imagination of the people and strike out in anger and frustration.

And Bush2 is playing right into their hands -- adding to the anger, frustration and sense of impotence.

If we truly want to be secure, truly want peace, truly want to stop attacks on the US, then we cannot do it with our military. We must change the political culture in the Middle East so that the people recognize that their lives are improving and will improve. If they are respected and have hope, the violence will stop. We have the power to give them that -- we are the only ones with that power. If we fail to do so, we will suffer the long term consequences.

Bush2 may be able to stop Al Quaeda in the short run, but with his policies, he cannot stop the historical movement towards ever increasing anger, frustration and violent attacks against the United States and the rest of the industrialized world.

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#783890 - 03/18/02 02:42 PM Re: Watch these:
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George! The German Nazis did not jump in the ovens with the Jews! They envisioned a world in which they thrived, enjoying the fruits of the West, power, economic prosperity, culture, etc. The fanatical Muslims (estimated to be 10 percent of the Arab Muslim population) don't want our civilazation. They don't particularly want any civilazation on earch. They want their paradise. They are told of it from very young. They are also told that Jews kill Arabs and pour the blood in the recipes of food for Passover and Purim. You don't seem to get it! The hatred runs DEEP. It didn't start with the U.S. and I think it's a little egocentric to think that it did. Now we may be alligned with the hatred of Israel because we support Israel. It's a democracy for goodness' sake. Let's not forget that!

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#783891 - 03/18/02 10:00 PM Re: Watch these:
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Originally posted by Penny:
It didn't start with the U.S. and I think it's a little egocentric to think that it did. [/b]


Of course it did not start with the US. However, because of our power and our foreign policy we are the ones who are being attacked.

However, it is also within our power to alter what is happening and to change the course of how the world deals with such actions. Why would you be opposed to removing the source of the problem? Why are you willing to accept simply stopping the terrorism for a short period of time, while creating fertile ground for future terrorism to grow? Why not do what we can so there is no fertile ground for terrorism?

Going to war is not the answer. It simply engenders more of what we already have.

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#783892 - 03/18/02 11:50 PM Re: Watch these:
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That's what we're doing, George - removing the source of the problem. We're chasing them down and killing them like the worthless dogs they are.

Now this addresses those who are attacking us from the outside. But before our country can really be safe, we must address those who are attacking us from the inside - the liberal left who wants to give our country over to the UN, a world court, and who thinks the solution to every problem is to blame the US, then negotiate away more of our sovreignty.

You cannot find a single time in history George, where any country won by negotiating with his enemy. You can dream your idealistic dreams all you want, but Japan would not have changed their ways by negotiating with them, neither would Hitler, or any of the other aggressors in war. And it isn't worth considering in this case either. Our foreign policy toward Israel may irk you, but the fact is we are right to support them. It is and has always been the land of the Jews. As for trying to negotiate with the Arabs, you're living in a dream world. We are doing the only thing that can work - breaking the back of the criminal element. Hunt them down and kill them.
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#783893 - 03/19/02 12:16 AM Re: Watch these:
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Really?

I never thought I would be in an America where some underpaid "security official" could order me to take off my shoes in a public airport, could grope my body to check for any small bulge and then demand I reveal what I am carrying in my pockets, who would rifle through all of my personal belongings I am carrying with me.
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Somehow, I'd rather be inconvenienced than send to my horrible, fiery demise in an airplane.

There is no humor in my tone, just in case anyone is wondering.
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#783894 - 03/19/02 12:19 AM Re: Watch these:
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And when we have hunted down all of them and killed them, and our actions have angered millions more and turned thousands more who feel impotent into another group of terrorists because it is the only way we notice them, then what, Larry? Hunt them down and kill them too? And when done with that, and we have created more anger and hatred and terrorists, then what?

I have not argued against going after the terrorists as criminals. Nor have I argued we negotiate with them. What I have argued is that we see the reason they became fanatics against us, understand it and change the conditions which cause it. Is it really so radical to say we should stop creating terrorists, rather than starting a so-called war which will do nothing more than create more of them?

I think not. I think it only makes sense to stop what is formenting this so that in the future we need not worry about it again.

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#783895 - 03/19/02 09:47 AM Re: Watch these:
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And when we have hunted down all of them and killed them, and our actions have angered millions more and turned thousands more who feel impotent into another group of terrorists because it is the only way we notice them, then what, Larry? Hunt them down and kill them too?
[/b]


Yes.

"Feeling impotent" is liberal jargon, George. You aren't thinking for yourself, you're just buying into the liberal line. Of course, that's already pretty obvious from your entire line of reasoning. You operate from a point of view that says regardless of whether or not your actions are right, regardless of whether or not you are only defending your own interests, if it makes someone mad, you should cave in to them. As an example, suppose a group of gang members decided to take over your house. My answer would be to defend my house, and if necessary, kill those gang members who were invading me. The rest of the gang can learn from this that if they try to come into my house they will get killed too, so they'd better learn to leave me alone. I don't really care why they felt a need to take over my house. It has nothing to do with anything. It's my house. Using your ideas, I should give them my house so as to not **** off the rest of the gang, and then talk to them to find out why they are so angry, and to find out why they wanted my house, then set about finding them other houses to give them so they won't attack any more houses.

What a simple minded way to solve the problem, George. They have no logical reason to want my house other than that they are thugs who want to create anarchy. So negotiating with them is useless, worrying about why they did it is useless, and appeasement is simply giving up and letting them run amok. The answer is to defend your house, and not worry about why they chose to be thugs. If any of them, during the course of getting the crap kicked out of them, figure out that they are in the wrong and want to change, those should be talked to and given another chance. The rest of them should be attacked to whatever degree is necessary until there are none left to attack. Your way attributes values and logic to the attackers when there are none, and requires the attacked assume the role of guilt. Sorry, but that just isn't going to happen.

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I have not argued against going after the terrorists as criminals. Nor have I argued we negotiate with them.
[/b]


Well.....yes you have, George. IF you're going to promote the touchy feely liberal line, at least take the time to understand what you're saying. This is *exactly* what you've been arguing.

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What I have argued is that we see the reason they became fanatics against us, understand it and change the conditions which cause it.
[/b]


Thanks for stating my summation of your opinion so clearly. Wake up, George. They don't have a valid reason. They make up their reasons. Changing the conditions which cause it is not done by placing the blame on the one who got attacked. Defend yourself. And if necessary, kill the fanatics who are causing the problem. In the course of doing that, try to educate as many as you can about why *they* were wrong, and work with the ones who figure out the truth. The answer is *not* to change the way of the victim. But then, you think *they* are the victims, don't you?

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Is it really so radical to say we should stop creating terrorists, rather than starting a so-called war which will do nothing more than create more of them?
[/b]


This is the root of the flaws in your logic, George. You believe *we* are creating terrorists. This is complete and utter BS. We didn't create them. They are fanatics, George. They will find a reason to be terrorists no matter what you do. Pure liberal line, George, which ignores history.

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I think not. I think it only makes sense to stop what is formenting this so that in the future we need not worry about it again.[/b]


You couldn't have proven my point any better if you tried, George. This sentence places the blame squarely on the victims, and assumes the terrorists to be rational people who will act civil once we give them what they want, with their wants based on a rational examination of our sins. The exact opposite of what's going on. But it sure sounds good to a liberal, doesn't it?

Here's the truth, George. We have not done a thing to cause these terrorists to do what they're doing. And the things we *have* done have been correct. We don't owe anyone an apology for supporting Israel. We have sent more aid money into these people's region than any other country. We have not tried to take them over, or tell them how to live. Giving in to their demands (most of which are simply *assumed demands voiced by the liberal left) won't stop a thing. They will simply come up with new reasons for continuing to be criminals.

So hunt them down, kill them, and get rid of the problem. They can't attack you once they're dead, and those left alive will figure out that if they want to stay alive they'd better mind their own business.
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#783896 - 03/19/02 10:42 AM Re: Watch these:
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Throughout history, and even in our current day, radical violent reactions against the status quo have always come from those who felt economically and politically impotent and see no other way to express themselves and make their grievances known because the powers that be will not listen, much less make any changes, unless there is violence.

As examples, may I give you the story of the Exodus in the Bible, the Reformation, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the taking over of China by Mao Ttse Tung, Ho Chi Minh's 30 year battle aginast the French and Americans, Ghandi in India, Nelson Mandella in South Africa.

This does not even mention the labor riots in the uS in the first part of the 20th century, the race riots in the US in the 60's, the anti-war protests in the 60's and 70's, or the fact that the most violent crime in America comes from the slums of our cities. Or perhaps we could look at the Civil War and the South's reaction to the north denying their legitimate claims of states rights. For those of you who are gay, may I suggest you look at Stonewall or Act-Ups attacks on the Catholic Church.

How about we simply consider the acting out of a child in the classroom or at home when his needs are not being given adequate attention.

I see a pattern here. The same dynamic has occured over and over again in history. What we are seeing now is nothing new. Once in a while, nations take a different tack than the historical models. The US did after WWII with Germany and Japan. After a diifcult start, the voluntary dismantling of the colonies by European nations in the 50's and 60's is another example. Whenever a nation has listened to the legitimate grievances of the disenfranchised and taken steps to resolve the problem, peace has generally been the result. When these grievances have been ignored, or worse the people with them attacked, the problem has simply grown until those who defend and maintain the status quo are forced to change because they can no longer handle the violence.

Pope Paul VI stated that the biggest threat to the industrialized world was the disenfranchisement of the third world. He predicted that violence would be the reaction if the First World did not recognize the political and economic needs and aspirations of the thrid world and take actions to further them along. Pope John Paul II has reiterated and underscored this many times. Ghandi, Martin Luthor King, Nelson Mandella, Kurt Waldheim, Mother Teresa, and a host of others have warned against the same thing.

No, the US does not need to allow itself to be attacked. Yes, we should take actions to keep it from happenign again. Yes,we have the right to go after those who did this. BUt.....

Those who refuse to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it. In a time when one power, the United States, is so preeminent, this power can change history, make the world a far better place and instill its own genuinely good values throughout the world.

That is not what we are doing. And we will pay the price for not doing it, rather than reap the benefits of taking an alternative course.

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#783897 - 03/19/02 03:30 PM Re: Watch these:
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George,

Great Post!

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#783898 - 03/19/02 04:22 PM Re: Watch these:
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Originally posted by George061875:
Throughout history, and even in our current day, radical violent reactions against the status quo have always come from those who felt economically and politically impotent and see no other way to express themselves and make their grievances known because the powers that be will not listen, much less make any changes, unless there is violence.

[/b]


No George, you're wrong; your logic is flawed. You just made the equivalent of the old joke of a logical "argument"

"God is love."
"Love is blind."
"Stevie Wonder is blind."
"Therefore, Stevie Wonder is God."


The fact that we can all point to examples of oppressed peoples using violence to redress their grievances does not translate to the conclusion that all violence is merely a manifestation of oppression.

You are mistakenly placing a cloak of nobility over the shoulders of those who do not deserve it, trying to rationalize and justify the unjustifiable. In so doing, you are doing a horrendous disservice to people who have fought and died to combat real oppression throughout the ages.

Also, your comparison of the killing of 3,000 people, the destruction of the World Trade Center, and a fifth of the Pentagon to a the "acting out" of a schoolchild is shocking and disgusting.

Sometimes, a misbehaving kid isn't "acting out" because of wrongs he's suffered. Sometimes, a misbehaving kid is "acting up" simply because he's a lout. Sometimes, a thug is just a thug. Sometimes, people are simply motivated by evil - they didn't get that way because they didn't get enough hugs as a kid, and they're not going to change if we sit down with them and tell them that we feel their pain.

The only thing that will stop an evil force is a decisively overpowering counterforce. Wishing it were otherwise makes this reality no less true.

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#783899 - 03/19/02 04:48 PM Re: Watch these:
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 Quote:
Originally posted by George061875:
Throughout history, and even in our current day, radical violent reactions against the status quo have always come from those who felt economically and politically impotent and see no other way to express themselves and make their grievances known because the powers that be will not listen, much less make any changes, unless there is violence.

As examples, may I give you the story of the Exodus in the Bible, the Reformation, the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the taking over of China by Mao Ttse Tung, Ho Chi Minh's 30 year battle aginast the French and Americans, Ghandi in India, Nelson Mandella in South Africa.[/b]


Unfortunately, none of the examples given here are applicable. The revolutions you have listed here occured when those ruled overthrow their political or religious rulers. If the terrorists in question were "revolutionaries", they would be rebelling against their own governments.

I also must point out that the struggle of Ho Chi Minh and the Viet Cong was originaly against the French (a colonial ruler), but then became a war of aggression against the (successor to the French and recognized as legitmate) government in South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese government was supported by the US and other nations, in various ways.

You also say that the downtrodden "see no other way to express themselves and make their grievances known," but so far all of the 'grievances' expressed are intimations that the presence of Westerners and the existence of the state of Israel has defiled their holy lands. The Westerners in the Middle East are there at the invitation of those nations' governments. There is a historical precedent for the existence of the state of Israel that the US government, the majority of its citizens, the United Nations and nearly every government in the world recognizes as a legitimate mandate.

If we are to apply your reasoning at an economic level, i.e., that the terrorists are expressing their economic disenfranchisement, then the argument becomes weaker still. The poverty experienced by the majority of the inhabitants of those countries that produce these terrorists is the direct result of economic stratification that has existed in that part of the world for centuries. The influx of Western capital and profits over the past sixty or so years as a result of the oil business has never been used by the governments of those countries to create a more equitable distribution of wealth. Instead, the plutocrats of those nations simply became much wealthier than their subjects. Once again, if these terrorists were revolutionaries, they should be rebelling against their own governments.
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#783900 - 03/19/02 07:51 PM Re: Watch these:
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Both Matt and Dwain are correct. The example you give have nothing to do with what we're talking about. There is a big difference in a revolution and terrorism.

For example, there needs to be a revolution in the US right now. Liberal thought is ruining the country with its PC crap. Liberals and socialists (but I repeat myself) misinterpret the constitution and then cram down America's throat the idea that "Freedom of [/b]religion" really means "freedom from[/b] religion". They think it's ok to kill unborn children by the millions but you can't let farmers in the midwest have water for their crops because you might hurt a frog. They think the best way to govern is to take money away from the productive citizens and give it to those who sit on their butts. They think we should subordinate our constitution to the UN and the World Court. They think we should give up the right to bear arms, again twisting the Constitution upside down but bound and determined to do so so we will be unable to defend ourselves when the UN takes over. They think freedom of expression means that some moron can put up an "art" display of religious figures with elephant poop all over it and that's freedom of expression, but a group of school kids who want to say a prayer at their graduation are not covered by this right, that this is *not* freedom of expression, and that it is a crime for which they should be punished.

The majority of Americans don't like any of this, but the liberal left has the media in its pocket, and we are rapidly losing the battle for truth because we are working on about the 3rd generation who have been indoctrinated by our socialist anti religious education system which has left us with millions of people who can't even think for themselves.

Those of us who are [/b]able to think for ourselves, and who feel that America is being hijacked by liberal PC socialist thought, and who see that if change doesn't happen soon our country will be taken over from within and handed to the UN where we will be subjected to their laws, taxes and armies, who by the way account for the vast majority of Americans, we[/b]have a just cause and a right to revolt. We should start a revolution and take back our country from this evil that permeates our society, and return it to the great nation our forefathers designed.

And in *that* situation George, you will be dealing with rational humans that you could talk to. We would prefer to not have to revolt. It will come as a last resort. I'm giving you the warning shot George, that it is time for all liberals to put their money where their mouth is, and do exactly what you say should be done in a situation where people feel disenfranchised and put down. Let all those in your party know that trouble is brewing, and the Americans are coming for them soon if things don't change. We are feeling disenfranchised. The harm they are doing is clear. We have a right to revolt. You said so yourself.

But you see, we won't be sending a plane load of Methodists to England to crash it into the London Tower to make the point. That would be terrorism. And if we were to do that, and if we were to set up a worldwide organization of Methodists who were plotting to attack England, then England would have no choice but to hunt those Methodists down and kill them before they killed some more British people.

Now you know of the coming American Revolution, George. The only right thing to do, based on your logic, is for you to notify the entire liberal base of their crimes against us, and meet us at the negotiating table. It is time for your side to give in to our demands and cease and desist from doing those things which are creating anger and resentment on our side. You gave proof that in a situation where there is a threat of a revolution from those who feel disenfranchised, those guilty of making them feel that way are to negotiate and give in. I think we have just found the solution, George.

God Bless America, the Constitution, and the Republic, for which it stands. One nation - under God [/b]. Now let's quit killing our babies and let God back into the schools, George. ;\)
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#783901 - 03/19/02 10:15 PM Re: Watch these:
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Correct me if I'm wrong, fellas, but most of the 9-11 suicide bombers were middle class and upper middle class. Bin Ladin is a multi-millionaire (who chooses to live in caves)! Hardly the disenfranchised, impoverished, voiceless, and impotent people George thinks they are!

George, the fanatical Muslims want you to convert to their religion or die! There is no other option. It's a crusade, pogram, inquisition all wrapped into one. ANYONE who does not share their views is an infidel and infidels must be put to death. Get it now? There's nothing left to negotiate.

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#783902 - 03/20/02 11:35 AM Re: Watch these:
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If one researches in any way at all about how politicial and military leaders prepare a citizenry's attitude to go to war, one sees that there are 2 important basic components. 1) The citizenry must feel they have been unfairly attacked or harmed because that country has done nothing wrong at all. 2) The enemy is less than human, does not have human values, and therefore can be eliminated without guilt.

Based on those few who have joined in this discussion, it appears that Bush2 has done a masterful job in accomplishing both of these.

It is when this propoganda fails, when people begin to see the enemy as human beings, with all the aspirations, hopes and dreams of any other human being and when the people realize that their own country's actions played a part in creating the situation that caused the attack, that the support for the war and all of its horror begins to diminish and ultimately fades away.

This is why the censorship we now see in our news coverage of what is happening in Bush2's war and Bush's unwillingness to provide information to the Congress, the press or the American people is so important to his strategy.

The cracks have already begun to appear in this country and throughout the world. The truth is beginning to out. The decline in support has begun. Bush2's support, while still high, has alreadt dropped by 15%. It is now just a matter of time.

And if, when the support for the war ends, we simply walk away from the needs of the people in the Middle East for cultural integrity and for recognition and support of their legitimate economic and political aspirations, we can plan on more of the same as we saw on 9/11 for a long time to come.

It will happen over and over again. We will spend our money and the lives of our children in this same battle, making the same mistakes over and over again.

But if we change our view and actions vis-a-vis the Islamic nations of the Middle East and bring the rest of the world with us, this cycle of violence will end.

It is up to us. Do we continue to live in a world where we are not secure? Or do we take the steps necessary to ensure we can live in peace with the Middle East countries just as we now live in peace with Europe, including the former Soviet Union) and Asia, including Japan.

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#783903 - 03/20/02 11:48 AM Re: Watch these:
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#783904 - 03/20/02 12:09 PM Re: Watch these:
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I'm sorry, I tried, but I just can't let that go. George, will you please look at your list of succss stories of peaceful, harmonious relationships between countries. Do you notice the common thread that in every case, the harmonious relationship was preceded by a thorough butt-kicking in wars hot and cold? Peace can only be achieved and maintained through strength, and the resolve to use it when necessary.

I have made it pretty clear that I believe the 9/11 attacks were a textbook case of a justification for war. I believe that it meets the criteria of self defense, homeland protection, and protection of our legitimate national interests. To me, this is not even a close call. Questions of understanding the root causes of the enemy, and understanding their hatred, are entirely irrelevant (and, in my opinion, misguided in this case).

George, you obviously disagree. For the benefit of the group, would you please give us your underlying philosophy of
1. what a military force is for;
2. under what criteria or circumstances it should be utilized, if ever, in your opinion; and
3. how the current situation does not, in your opinion, meet said criteria.

By reading the above, you know my core philosophy regarding the use of the military. From previous posts, you understand that I give no credit to the notion that all violence is merely manifestation of ill treatment - and that even then, violent reactionv is very rarely justified. You also understand that I disagree with the notion that little if any morality is relative, and that all military actions are therefore, not morally equal, and further, not equally immoral.

Please share with the group your core beliefs of these very same issues, so we can more fully understand your positions.

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#783905 - 03/20/02 12:19 PM Re: Watch these:
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.... the needs of the people in the Middle East for cultural integrity and for recognition and support of their legitimate economic and political aspirations ....[/b]


Would you please be so kind as to define cultural integrity and then contrast that with a description of the role of isolationism in a global economy? Then, please enumerate these legitimate economic and political aspirations, since apparently nobody else can.

Once you have done that, please indicate, using objective source materials, what role, if any, the people of the US have had in promulgating and/or denying these aspirations.
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#783906 - 03/20/02 04:50 PM Re: Watch these:
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This is going to be very long, since I have been asked some very provicative questins which cannot be answered in short sound bites. Read it if you want.

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George, you obviously disagree. For the benefit of the group, would you please give us your underlying philosophy of
1. what a military force is for;
2. under what criteria or circumstances it should be utilized, if ever, in your opinion; and
3. how the current situation does not, in your opinion, meet said criteria.[/b]


Happy to respond with my opinions.

What is a military force for?

The military is primarily for the defense of a nation, it's sovereignty and its legitimate international interests. This need not always be done through the use of military force; it is often best done through the threat of using it. The Cold war is the best example of this.

There are other purposes, including humanitarian uses, international prestige, employment of a certain percentage oif the population, control of the civilian population within the nation, maintaining the political power of those in office, as well as political pork barrell to make consituents happy, all of which are reasons nations have and use a military force.

But for the purpose of this discussion, I'll stick with what I have defined as the primary role -- defense of a nation, its sovereignty and its legitimate national interest.

2. under what criteria or circumstances it should be utilized, if ever.

I assume you are asking when I think a military force should be used to go to war.

I adhere to the just war theory as espoused for centuries by the Catholic Church. These principals include:

Having just cause,
Being declared by a proper authority.
Possessing right intention
Having a reasonable chance of success.
The end being proportional to provocation.

To me, when all of these criteria are met is the only time the use of military force is justified.

Let me discuss each of these, if I may.

HAVING A JUST CAUSE
If what we are doing was simply to find the terrorists and bring them to justice and to provide for our self defense, I would have no trouble with what we are doing. However, that is not the case.

Bush2 has too often said that we are seeking revenge. If one listens to the American people, even those on this Board, the American people are supporting this out of anger, for revenge. Revenge is not a just cause. It is simply an angry reaction. Understandable, perhaps, but not a just cause for war.

From a starting point of rooting out Al Qaeda and bringing them to justice (justifying war) and revenge (not justifying war), Bush and Rumsfeld are now saying we are succeeding because we have changed the social environment in Afganistan; maybe a good thing but not justification for war.

To me, I know of only three wars in US History that I can justify -- the Revolutionary War because it was the only way we could create our own self government which is an inherent right os people, the war of 1812, because we were attacked with the purpose of eliminating us as a nation and WWII, in defense of innocent people against an abhorrent evil.


BEING DECLARED BY A PROPER AUTHORITY
Under our Consitution, the proper authority for declaring war is the Congress. The President asking for war powers, but no war declaration, and the Congress budgeting money is not the proper authority.

If the Congress is forced to debate and then make a declaration of war, all sides of the argument would be aired, the American people, through the representatives would be involved, and the full implications of going to war would be understood.

The fact Bush2 and the Congress did not have the guts to do this tells me they do not believe they could get the American people to go along with what they want to do to the extent they really want to do it.

How many middle class Americans do you really think would support a war if they thought their sons were going to be drafted and sent off to Afganistan, Somalia, Iraq, the Phillipines, Indonesia or such other places for this purpose? I doubt there would be enough support to allow the Proper Authority, the Congress, to declare war.

No proper authority, no just war.

POSSESSING RIGHT INTENTION
What is our real intention? Self defense? The Taliban did not threaten our country. Just what is our real intent in all of this? Lots of nice jargon from Bush2, but no real meat on the bones. Too much of what he says is our intent one day contradicts what he says is our intent on another day. Can anyone give me a quote from Bush2 that clearly defins our intent -- and one which was not added to with some other intent when he changed audiences?

HAVING A REASONABLE CHANCE OF SUCCESS
We have yet to be told what success is for this war. Already we have moved from capturing the leaders of Al Qaeda and bringing them to removing the Taliban from power. Now we are on to nation building. In Iraq we are talking about using war to enforce UN sanctions and to finish what Bush1 failed to do. Are we justified in killing mroe people to do this? In Somalia we are talking about establishing what is in essence a police force. In the Phillipines we are talking about putting down an insurrection against the government there.

Can anyone here tell me the official position of Bush2 on how to define success and how what we are doing will achieve it? It can't be done because the definition is a moving target -- changing as Bush2 decides it should change. Thus there is no way to measure whether what we are doing has a reasonable chance of success. Thus, no just war.

THE END BEING PROPORTIONAL TO THE PROVOCATION
From all reports, the attack on the WTC was caused by a wordwide network of terrorists called Al Qaeda. It was not caused by the Taliban government in Afganistan, it was not caused by the Afgan people. It was not caused by th Iraqi people, nor by the Somalians, the Filipino's or anyone else. And yet, we are using this "war" to attack all of these people -- and killing them.

The attack on WTC was a dispicable act, which killed 3000+ people and destroyed property. It did not, however, destabilize the United states. It did not threaten our sovereignty. It did not threaten to destroy our way of life.

For us to go to war against entire countries, or to forment war in countries throughout the world is not a proportional act.

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Would you please be so kind as to define cultural integrity and then contrast that with a description of the role of isolationism in a global economy? Then, please enumerate these legitimate economic and political aspirations, since apparently nobody else can.[/b]


To me, cultural integrity is the wholeness of a people and how they express their beliefs, values and aspirations, and how they establish their society in order to achieve these.

I do not see a link between cultural integrity and isolationism. I am not an isloatinist. I simply see this war, the Bush2 war, as unjustifiable. The United States must be and should be involved around the world. Indeed, in all of my posts I have argued for the US to use its international political and economic power to change the world so that this type of terrorism does not occur again. I believe we can do this and I believe we have a moral and ethical responsibility to do so. Howver, we must change the root causes that bring it about, not just the actions which have grown from these causes.

I do not believe war is the means we should use -- and I see the Bush2 war as working directly against our long term national interest.

As far as the legitimate political and economic aspirations of the Islamic world, let me give you several examples that we are ignoring or playing a part in defeating.

The Palestinian people have a right to their own homeland. We pay this lip service, but we do not force it. And yet, we know we can. We are the only ones who can. Israel, through its actions, have yet to show they are willing to aloow this. To the Islamic world, these are their brothers and sisters, and they see us ignoring their legitimate right to a homeland -- a right, btw, we agree with.

The Palestinian people are overwhelmed by a much stronger country who uses American supplied military arms of the highest quality against people who throw rocks and use home made bombs. See my comment above about the reaction the the Islamic world.

Because of our sanctions against Iraq, estimates of up to 100,000 civilians, including children, are dying each year because of lack of medical supplies and food. We may want to go after Hussein, but we are attacking the people instead. The Islamic World sees the US as harming women and children and seethe in anger against us for it.

We have troops in Saudi Arabia, that are there primarily, frm our perspective, to protect the oil fields -- from whom? The people in whoise countries these fields exist? Apparently. The Saudi Governbment wants them there because the Suadi people would overhtrow the government if they could. The Islamic people see this as stationing troops from the Christian world near their sacred places. THey do not want us there and we have no moral right to be there. We should do as they ask and get out.

The Islamic World finds our values as a society offensive and contrary to their own values. We may disagree with theirr assessment of our values, but we have no right to impose values they do not want. The stationing of our troops throughout the Middle East simply imposes our values on these countries in ways they do not wish to be imposed upon.

Three weeks ago, the Gallup organization released a poll of the attitudes of the Islamic societies towards the US. None of them liked us very much; all of them wanted us out. The country which liked us least? Kuwait -- the one Bush1 supposedly went to war to protect. If we were really helping them, if they saw us as supporting them, this would not have been the result a short ten years after we went to war. What do they know about what is happening over there that the American people do not? Why, after we supposedly freed them, do they hate us so much? They must justify it some way.

The Islamic cultures simply want us to leave them alone. They want us to force a just settlement between the Palestinians and Israel because they know we are the only ones who can. They want our troops and our industries out of their countries. They want us to stop exporting our cultural values to their countries.

While we may or may not think this is the best thing for them, it is their decision, not ours.

There is a reason why groups like Al Qaeda have a reservoir of thousands of young Moslems from which to recruit terrorists against the United States. This is not a matter of just a few disgruntled people. In order to recruit so many, there are many times that many who feel this way but who do not take the extreme actions the terrorists take.

The anger of these people comes from some place. For decades we have heard the same entreaties from them -- legitimize statehood for the Palestinians (we are called to do that because we are the primary sponsors of Israel) and leave the region to the people themselves, remove our troops, get out of their oil fields. We have not listened. And now, the anger has grown so fierce, we are attacked on our own soil.

It is time we listen. It is time we recognize that it is possible for us to have peaceful relationships with the Islamic World -- but we have to respect them in the same way we expect them to respect us.

We would not be happy to have them supporting what we perceive was a hostile nation in North America, as they perceive us doing with Israel. We would not be happy to have Arab country businesses controlling our primary natural resources. We would not be happy to have Arab country troops staioned in the US -- particularly if their presence was used to prop up a government that was basically dictatorial and did not have popular support among the people.

Many of you seem to feel that I am somehow un-American because I do not support what Bush2 is doing. On the contrary, if I may. I believe that what he is doing internationally is short-sighted and will not give us what we seek. It will simply make the anger and hatred grow wider and deeper and not provide us security. I also believe there are agendas being met that we are not being told about. And yes, one of these I believe is the agenda of the international oil industry.

And I see the removal of freedoms within the US as playing into the hands of the very terrorists that attacked us, not providing us any more security. They wanted to change our society and thanks to Bush2 and Mr. Ashcroft, they have succeeded. Bush2 should have told us to fight any restriction on our freedome to counter the terrorists. Instead, he told us to go shopping and take an airline flight, while he and his men worked to strip away another layer of freedom.

I recognize many of you will disagree with me. And I am sure Larry will tell me this is all liberal claptrap which will destroy our country by handing it over to some world government. So be it. All I ask is that you think about whether or not you really believe that what Bush2 is doing will make from a more secure world 20 years from now and a freer American society.

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#783907 - 03/20/02 04:51 PM Re: Watch these:
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George wrote:

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Based on those few who have joined in this discussion, it appears that Bush2 has done a masterful job in accomplishing both of these.


No, four planes commandeered by 19 suicide mercenaries did that for us!

Click here for an article about a Palestinian television show for CHILDREN that teach them to grow up and become suicide bombers. George W. Bush doesn't have to make up this stuff! We're up against an evil. Do I paint all Muslims with this paintbrush? No! But there is a movement within Islam that is very dangerous. And if GWB decided to never speak of it again, it would still be REAL and it would still be THERE and one day, it would strike again. Very few doubt this. Why do you?

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#783908 - 03/20/02 05:49 PM Re: Watch these:
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But there is a movement within Islam that is very dangerous. And if GWB decided to never speak of it again, it would still be REAL and it would still be THERE and one day, it would strike again. Very few doubt this. Why do you?

penny[/b]


You are right, Penny. I don;t disagree with the fact there is a dangerous movement within Islam. The question is how to deal with it and make sure it does not return to to do us more harm. To me, the answer is to recognize there is a valid reason why the peope in Islamic countries are angry with us -- reasons we can change with minimal impact on us and thus defuse the anger that breeds this dangerous movement.

Killing off the current crop of terrorists will not ensure long term peaceful co-existence with the Islmaic World. Only removing the source of their anger is. And removing it will not cause us many problems at all.

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#783909 - 03/20/02 06:19 PM Re: Watch these:
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Dear Mr. Chamberlain,

Have you read the list of demands from Islamic Jihad, Al Quaeda, etc.? They're extensive.

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#783910 - 03/20/02 06:39 PM Re: Watch these:
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George,

There is so much wrong with what you've said in your long post that I can't even begin to address it. However you said one thing I'd like to address since it seems to be at the core of Islam's hatred of the US:

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Because of our sanctions against Iraq, estimates of up to 100,000 civilians, including children, are dying each year because of lack of medical supplies and food. We may want to go after Hussein, but we are attacking the people instead. The Islamic World sees the US as harming women and children and seethe in anger against us for it.[/b]


Why does the Islamic World blame the US for their problems and not Hussein? All Hussein has to do is allow weapons inspectors and sanctions would be lifted.

To be perfectly blunt, any member of the Islamic World that "thinks" in such a twisted manner needs to grow a brain.

Imagine for one moment what the US could do if it wanted to. Now explain to me how we are the big, bad, wolves of the Western world.

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#783911 - 03/20/02 06:48 PM Re: Watch these:
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One of the greatest things about America is that one morning an 18 year old boy wakes up, reports to basic military training in an all-volunteer army, and becomes a soldier that will fight and die for the freedom of speech of a neo-Chamberlin.

I think the current situation fits the description of a war, exactly. And I don't want revenge, but I'd like to have justice.

And as a father who has an 18 year old son, I don't care if the entire Middle East wakes up to a pyrotechnic mushroom cloud in the morning.

Won't hurt the oil one bit! :p
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#783912 - 03/20/02 06:52 PM Re: Watch these:
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I am not anxious to start a shooting way because I could use further economic recovery and a good sell opportunity. (The Dow usually looses about 500 points as soon as ordinance starts being dropped.) The prospect of a double dip recession is not one I look forward to.

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#783913 - 03/20/02 06:57 PM Re: Watch these:
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George,
Capitulating to what you think are the terrorists' demands will do NOTHING. There is an anger and a hatred that runs so deep that if you gave them everything but the absolute destruction of Israel and all Jews, they would still be disappointed. Your solution won't work. What MIGHT work is if more moderate Muslims took on the battle themselves for movements within their religion. They need a reformation and they need it soon or we may all suffer. The fanatics think that everyone who does not believe as they do should be killed. And if they themselves die in the process, a paradise with several dozen virgins await them. Many mainstream Muslims do not believe this. As I'm not Muslim, I can't pick up this mantle. But here's hoping (and praying) someone does.

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#783914 - 03/20/02 10:09 PM Re: Watch these:
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Hi, I have been away for a while and after reading some of this I can see that I haven't missed much. You all are wasting your time trying to reason with this character. He is not listening. His is a philosophy based on platitudes and wishful thinking and is impervious to logical reasoning. If only we could all UNDERSTAND one another and TALK things through the whole world would live in peace.

His view is that all governments are equally corrupt and evil. There is basically no difference between the government of Iraq and our own. All people in the world think in basically the same way, want the same things, and are motivated by the same principles.

His is a world that is uncluttered by hard choices and unsavory compromises. All black and white. A few very simple principles that, once the whole world sees, will bring utopia for us all.

To him there is no evil, just misunderstanding. And the hard task of enlightening us poor benighted fools. Those who have encountered genuine evil are puzzled by his point of view and for good reason.

George is actually a very bright fellow but not particularly wise. Not a lot of "street smarts". He is very glib but every one of his arguments boil down to the very simple principles I have outlined above. Even the smallest concession from him to your (our) point of view would require an epiphany of a sort that would bring his simplistic model of the world crashing down around his ears.

If you do not believe me then go back and read through his posts and point out where he has addressed any but your most trivial arguments.

I'm outta here.
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#783915 - 03/21/02 02:29 AM Re: Watch these:
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I'd like for George to read this news article and then tell me that he thinks we should give these people what they want in order to appease them:

Looney Left disses the US, wants world taxation, says Cuba is a role model, and Christopher Columbus was a terrorist
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#783916 - 03/21/02 09:58 AM Re: Watch these:
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Originally posted by Larry:
I'd like for George to read this news article and then tell me that he thinks we should give these people what they want in order to appease them:

Looney Left disses the US, wants world taxation, says Cuba is a role model, and Christopher Columbus was a terrorist [/b]



We already have world taxation, although it is mainly through assessments on nations paid to the United Nations. The idea that is proposed in this article seems ludicrous at best.

Do we need a better method for stabilizing the economies in the third world than the International Bank and the IMF? Yes. However, stabilization is coming on its own with the number of third world nations each year that are adopting the dollar as their own currency and through such treaties as NAFTA, GATT (which is a good start but has major flaws in workers rights and environmental standards) and the free trade zone being negotiated for all of the Americas.

Cuba as a role model? ROTFLMAO

Christopher Columbus a terrorist? See comment on Cuba.

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#783917 - 03/21/02 11:03 AM Re: Watch these:
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JBryan...

your post was excellent. We've all encountered a few George's and that's an excellent summation of their well-intentioned but misguided viewpoints.
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#783918 - 03/21/02 12:54 PM Re: Watch these:
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Here's a really interesting article that I first heard of yesterday on the radio. What is interesting about it is that it is written by a leftist for a leftist magazine (Dissent). The article is titled, "Can There Be a Decent Left?" and is written by a Harvard professor.
click here

Here's a quote:

The radical failure of the left’s response to the events of last fall raises a disturbing question: can there be a decent left in a superpower? Or more accurately, in the only superpower? Maybe the guilt produced by living in such a country and enjoying its privileges makes it impossible to sustain a decent (intelligent, responsible, morally nuanced) politics. Maybe festering resentment, ingrown anger, and self-hate are the inevitable result of the long years spent in fruitless opposition to the global reach of American power. Certainly, all those emotions were plain to see in the left=s reaction to September 11, in the failure to register the horror of the attack or to acknowledge the human pain it caused, in the schadenfreude of so many of the first responses, the barely concealed glee that the imperial state had finally gotten what it deserved. Many people on the left recovered their moral balance in the weeks that followed; there is at least the beginning of what should be a long process of self-examination. But many more have still not brought themselves to think about what really happened.

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#783919 - 03/21/02 01:11 PM Re: Watch these:
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I am saddened that all of you think that liberal thinkers are misguided souls who need to be infused a good dose of common sense. Though, initially, I fully supported a military action against Al Qaeda, I completely understand George's positions on the issue. There are many dimensions to the problem. You may view George's approach as utopian, but at least, he's attempted to propose several different alternate ways to address the situation. Most of you are simply rooting for the "kill them all" approach. While, this may appear to be effective now, it will never produce long-lasting result, unless we keep the campaign going on indefinitely. I don't think it un-American to point out the flaws of our international policies. In fact, it is because we love our Country that we want it to be the best: powerful, but fair and equitable.

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#783920 - 03/21/02 01:58 PM Re: Watch these:
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I have so wanted to jump in on this but haven't had a spare moment. Still don't so this will be short and probably inarticulate!

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there is a valid reason why the peope in Islamic countries are angry with us


Is there a map of the world where each country is labelled with a religion? If so, if Israel is wiped off the face of the earth does that mean an end to the Jewish religion? If Mecca disappeared is that the end of Islam?


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You're either with us or against us


Sounds reasonable. Looks like Indonesia may have to decide real fast. If Al Qaeda regroups there I don't vote we wait for them to attack again. If they are allowed to regroup there then the Indonesians are basically giving them their stamp of approval. Is this a holy war? I don't believe so, I think that is just a line to motivate followers. However, the fact that the big guys of the Islamic faith don't seem to be condeming bin Laden and his followers says that they believe he's fighting a just war. The question is does this include all Muslims or do we have to split them out by country? Do we include US Muslims, UK Muslims, French Muslims, etc.....?

All this said, the enemy is now without a face and spread across half the globe. It's a difficult war to fight. Frankly I think it will come to nukes as we'll run out of patience. Warnings will be issued, the next attack on US soil will result in the removal of "xxxxx" city from the face of the earth. At some point the countries sheltering the bastards will finally take notice and start doing something about it.

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I don't care if the entire Middle East wakes up to a pyrotechnic mushroom cloud in the morning.

Won't hurt the oil one bit!


Yeah it will. These bombs are messy. Would be a better application of a neutron bomb.


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Only removing the source of their anger is. And removing it will not cause us many problems at all.


It will take generations to remove the source of their anger and we don't have the time. Sooner or later one of them will get hold of a weapon(s) of mass destruction and we can't afford to take that chance. Besides, we shouldn't have to live with the constant threat of violence over our heads. George if you really want to do something start lobbying for more funding of cleaner and cheaper use of energy sources, such as the sun, and start asking questions where the fusion energy programs are. If we can wean ourselves from oil we can solve a whole hell of a lot of problems and leave the middle east to mire in it's own problems. Much of our problem is political - the oil lobby has big dollars to keep the status quo. We got a lot of desert for collecting solar out here. Just need a cheaper way to collect and store it. Where's the lobby for that?

Remember once upon a time the Persian empire was mighty (politically, scientifically and artistically), and the US was a nobody. They had their chance and threw it away - all that's left are some nice carpets. I challenge you to name any other contribution to humanity.

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#783921 - 03/21/02 02:24 PM Re: Watch these:
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One thing to add - I think George Bush showed extreme restraint on Sept 11 and the days following, in not launching a nuclear attack on several countries while many in the media and others were calling for it. I know of one person who emailed the president daily explaining why it was vital not to wait in launching a few ICBMs.

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George if you really want to do something start lobbying for more funding of cleaner and cheaper use of energy sources, such as the sun, and start asking questions where the fusion energy programs are. If we can wean ourselves from oil we can solve a whole hell of a lot of problems and leave the middle east to mire in it's own problems. Much of our problem is political - the oil lobby has big dollars to keep the status quo. We got a lot of desert for collecting solar out here. Just need a cheaper way to collect and store it. Where's the lobby for that?[/b]


There is a strong lobby for that. I believe almost ALL of our problem is the oil industry and its desire to keep us dependent on their product.

If you read back in what I have said (and God knows I have said a lot in this thread!) you will see I have advocated for us to do just what you suggested. In fact, I was roundly attacked for even suggesting that the reason we chose the course we did in Afganistan (i.e. take over the country instead of just rooting out Al Qaeda) was because President Cheney had been negotiating with the Taliban up through August for an oil pipe line through Afganistan and getting no where in the neogitations.

I have not even mentioned the interesting opportunism of our sudden stratgeic alliance with Russia since 9/11, which just happens to have the largest oil reserves in the world in Siberia which the oil industry has been chomping at the bit to get to.

Bush1's war had nothing to do with Kuwait and everything to do with stationing American troops to protect the oil industry's resources in the Middle East. I believe Bush2's war has much the same agenda.

Alternative sources of energy? We already have them and President Cheney's Energy Plan only pays lip service to it for political reasons. But then, he does not want us to know who it was who helped him formulate that energy plan.

And we need not do much to get out from under the yoke of Middle eastern oil, which would then allow us to withdraw our troops from there. Statistics show that a simple 5% drop in gasoline consumption would eliminate the need to get Middle Eastern oil or to drill more in Alaska. But we have seen how quickly Bush attacjed and made sure the Congress killed any thought of increasing the gasoline efficiency standards for automobiles in the past week.

And then there is the introduction of the hybrid cars -- if we simply required all cars to be hybrid cars within a few short years, we solve that problem. They work. They are efficient. They are at a price people can afford.

Many people are pushing getting off the addiction we have for Middle eastern oil -- but Bush2 would rather send troops all over the globe a fight a war rather than take a few simple actions to eliminate our need to even be in the Middle east, creating the hostility we now face.

One need not be talking pie in the sky or fantasies. The technology is there to do what needs to be done. And it is economically viable.

But will it get done unde Bush2? I wonder why?

Hmmmm... now let's see. Bush1 is from the oil industry. Bush2 is from the oil industry. Both got elected with massive influxes of money from the oil industry. President Cheney is from the oil industry. Enron's Ken Lay made sure that oil industry representatives were placed in all of the regulatory agencies that may have some sort of impact on this.

But then, if I point these things out I will simply getlabeled as unrealistic, incapaable of rational thought, un-American,a consiracy theorist -- and likely some combination of all of these.

I guess I must be wrong because everyone else who has posted tells me I am. So, let's continue to kill all the Islamic Arabs. After all, 1 Billion people are obviously wrong when they think the US might to anything that is not right and good. Let's continue to send our young men and women around the world to be killed. The world has always been this way and to consider another course of action to stop the killing just is not possible.

And then, let's keep that oil flowing! Yee Haw!

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#783923 - 03/21/02 04:23 PM Re: Watch these:
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Yo George,


Ever work on a rig? Drilling or Production? Jack-up or offshore? Roustabout, Roughneck or Tool Pusher? Work for Bush's old outfit Zapata? Or maybe Penrod? Nah, you're probably a Schlumberger Mud Man. That's how you became an expert in the oil business!

Son, you ever take the looong view? About what we are going to do when the oil runs out? About who on the face of this ol' Earth is going to have the technology to keep the lights on? Reckon Saudi Arabia or Iran is going to have that technology? Guess who is going to be sitting pretty when the last of the fossil fuels run out - try the U.S. and Europe.

Your grasp of the Energy Business is only exceeded by your acumen in Geopolitics. \:\)
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#783924 - 03/21/02 06:03 PM Re: Watch these:
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No, the reason we're in Afghanistan is because someone decided to attack the US, supposedly in the name of Jihad (that's a holy war not an oily war!). Remember, we asked several times for the Afghan government to hand over the perpetrators (following good police procedure). They decided not to so we took out a search warrant.

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There is a strong lobby for that. I believe almost ALL of our problem is the oil industry and its desire to keep us dependent on their product.


No, I think the desire is to not take the country back to the dark ages. What the US needs is a long term plan to wean itself from oil without reducing everyone's quality of life. I don't know where you got your numbers from but I can't believe the middle east is responsible for only 5% of our gasoline. Also, there's different qualities of oil and I seem to remember the middle east stuff is more suited for gasoline (than say some of the north sea stuff which is used for higher quality machine oils - anyone confirm?). Your argument makes a good story, but until the Seabees start putting in the pipeline across Afghanistan it isn't convincing.

The US consumption of oil is not the only issue. When you consider the amount of money poured into countries like Saudi Arabia then look at the plight of the average Joe in Saudi Arabia you can start to see where the frustration comes from. Until this changes nothing will improve. This is not our problem. We've poured enough money into the middle eastern countries - if the wealth had been spread around more in terms of education and industry they wouldn't find themselves in this situation. The King of Saudi needs to clean his own house out before the US has to come and do it for him (as do the other countries):

"Now does he feel his title hang lose around him,
Like a giants robe on a dwarfish thief."
(gotta love MacBeth!)

Sorry - this deserves more attention but I gotta finish work and head home to get an early start on the weekend. Just like to say that this thread has been another educational reading which I much enjoyed (that goes for both sides of the discussion). If nothing else it's provoked much thought. For which I thank you. \:\)

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#783925 - 03/21/02 09:25 PM Re: Watch these:
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The best crude is Texas Sweet or sometimes called Louisiana Sweet, and the price per barrel is generally higher than that of Middle Eastern oil. The Middle Eastern oil requires a more intense refining process within the "cracking towers" in order to process gasoline. Makes pretty durn good diesel, both #1(kerosene) and #2(truck diesel) and fuel oil.

Don't know about the North Sea stuff. If I run across one of my first cousins this weekend (both Toolpushers for Penrod in the NS, 30 on and 30 off), I'll ask.
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#783926 - 03/21/02 11:01 PM Re: Watch these:
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My brother is a shift supervisor at the Frontier Oil Refinery in Cheyenne WY. He tells me that modern refineries can pretty much make whatever product they want. Of course the actual amount will depend on the quality of crude to begin with. Texas sweet (the gold standard as Jolly has indicated) will yield more gasoline than so called "sour crude" but if they want to make all gasoline they can do it (along with sulphur and other by-products).
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