Re: Afghanistan's "collateral damage" dead are at fault for theirown deaths.

From: John Clark (
Date: Tue Jan 01 2002 - 08:46:18 MST

Samantha Atkins <> Wrote:

>there is still no reason to simply die in silence without complaint
>that I understand.

That doesn't jive with what you wrote before, or perhaps it's just
Americans who should die in silence.

> Life is short and we have to pick our battles.

Exactly, many, if fact most of the wars America has fought in the last
200 years have been pointless, but not this one. If September 11 was
not a big enough deal to require action what is?

>it seems to imply it is the fault of the citizen if they happened to be in
>the wrong place at the wrong time.

I'll wager the ratio of innocent civilian death to guilty combatant deaths is
smaller than any major war in history, nevertheless I'm also sure some
very nice Afghani civilians died through no fault of their own. That sucks,
if I was God I would do things very differently but unfortunately I was not
given the job.

>It is also folly to equate not standing up to a murderously repressive regime
>with failing to bug your congress critters at every possible opportunity.

I agree with that.

>The danger of a large asteroid or comet slamming into the earth in
>your lifetime are pretty tiny compared to many other more
>immediate dangers.

It's a different subject but the probability you will die next year because a
Mt Everest sized asteroid slams into the Earth are about the same as
the chance you will die in a airline crash. About one chance in 50 million
that 5 billion people will die, you do the math.

     John K Clark

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