> >Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2001 13:33:49 -0400
> >From: "John Clark" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >Subject: Re: TERRORISM: the grim prospects
> >Like everybody else Robert J. Bradbury has read some of the charming
> >quotes of Mr. Bin Laden such as:
> >"Jihad is allowed against infidels like the Jews, Christians and atheists"
> >" Our enemy, the target -- if God gives Muslims the opportunity to do so-
> >is every American male"
> >"The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies--civilians and military--
> >is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in
> >which it is possible to do it"
> >And like everybody else Robert watched on live TV as this same man
> >butchered 6 thousand people in one hour. So with understandable
> >exasperation he asked Samantha Atkins " Samantha , if you read this
> >- -- can you possibly interpret the above statement in any way other
> >than "these people want you dead"?" Samantha dismissed the brutal
> >language and charred bodies with a wave of her hand and just said
> >"Quite easily. As I am sure you can also with a moment or two more of
> >reflection." She then proceeded with a long dictionary definition quotation
> >in an attempt to show that when a man says clearly and articulately that
> >he wants to kill you more than anything else in the whole wide world and
> >even after he has in fact killed you it is nevertheless not a sign of
> >I rather doubt that Robert is really puzzled by this behavior, I suspect that
> >he and most of the members of this list have found the solution but are just
> >too polite to state the obvious. I however think some things need to be said
> >and will do so now. The world is full of blithering idiots and Samantha
> >is one of them.
> >John K Clark email@example.com
I attempted to give alternate definitions of relevant to
counteract the out-right theft of terms practiced by bin Laden
in the above quote (if it is accurate). It is inaccurate to
state that bin Laden wants to kill you or me more than he wants
anything else in the world.
I quit reading the esteemed Mr Clark some time ago. His posts
speak for themselves. I would rather be a "blithering idiot"
counseling peace and alternate interpretations than those that
lead irrevocably to endless war than be sane in the eyes of Mr
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