Re: Aid for Afghanistan

From: John Clark (
Date: Wed Jan 02 2002 - 07:29:09 MST

Randall Randall <> Wrote:

>It seems to me to be foolish to ignore the reason a person would take
>"a sacred vow to kill you",

You seem to assume that only evil acts can generate hate, so if somebody hates
you then you must have done something wrong. It ain't necessarily so,
unfortunately hate does not need such specific conditions to be produced.

>In the long term, there are only two ways not to lose: modify one's behavior
>so as not to provide even remotely valid reasons for joining said movement,

Changing our behavior so we become Islamic fundamentalists ourselves might do
the trick, or it might not as Islamic states often go to war with each other. A more
certain approach would be to alter our behavior so we were no longer successful.
If western civilization no longer lead the world economically, culturally, scientifically,
and militarily, if Islam didn't even come in second but was dead last, then yes,
under those conditions they might learn to love us.

>or kill everyone who may have sympathy for those who are martyred for
>said movement. Which one seems better to you?

Easy question, I pick scenario number 2.

          John K Clark

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