Re: Aid for Afghanistan

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Thu Jan 03 2002 - 07:58:06 MST

Samantha Atkins wrote:
> "J. R. Molloy" wrote:
> >
> > From: "Kai Becker" <>
> > > What seems to be difficult to communicate is that a
> > > long chain of unwise behaviour of the US (and other countries) in the past
> > > has led to the hate and the hostility of many people against the western
> > > countries and especially the USA.
> >
> > What seems to be difficult for you to understand is that the Taliban and Al
> > Quaida have engaged in a long chain of unwise behavior in the past which has
> > led to their impoverished and ignorant present state. They made some very bad
> > decisions and are now paying the price for it.
> >
> Large parts of that chain predate Al Qaeda and the Taliban and
> many of them include ourselves as causative agents. Is that
> difficult for you to understand or admit?

While I'd not dispute that some US policies contributed to motivations,
they did not make anyone do what they did, so your claim that we are
'causative agents' is false, as usual. Do you believe that those people
are mere automatons, unable to exercise independent thought or action?

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