Re: Aid for Afghanistan

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Fri Jan 04 2002 - 23:13:25 MST

Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:
> > What I object to is the claim that fundamentalist Muslims were
> > attempting to change the entire world to conform to their
> > ideas. I don't see any reason to believe that was the purpose
> > of the attacks.
> It's quite clear to me that a specific subset of Muslims are
> indeed trying to do exactly that, and have said so clearly and
> explicitly several times, and that a smaller subset of /those/
> are responsible for the attack. You seem to be trying to deny
> or evade those facts, not just the over-generalization of them
> to more Muslims, or misattribution of the specific motives for
> the attack (which I agree are not easy to pin down).

I do not believe that this is really the case regardless of bin
Laden's propaganda broadcasts that he is bent on either
destroying or converting all of "the Great Satan". But I could
be mistaken. It is quite sufficient for now imho if we
concentrate on what we know, which is that a group of
international terrorists attacked us on our home turf. I still
fear that if we believe it is a concentrated plot to destroy our
entire civilization that then the response levels will grow very
dangerously to a level that is potentially quite harmful to
reaching Singularity. If it ever comes down to a choice
between a major war that delays Singularity by at least a
genration if not more and perhaps suffering some terrorist
attacks (but going after the perps quite hard and bringing them
to justice without inflaming the whole world) while we continue
to move forward on a more aggressive schedule to Singularity I
would opt for the latter any time.

- samantha

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