Current stance, after a few weeks of contemplation. was Re: Why Do They Hate Us?
Gary Lawrence Murphy
31 Oct 2001 09:49:31 -0500
>>>>> "J" == Jeff Bone <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
J> ... the Taliban (and, more generally, the "extremist" or maybe
J> really the mainstream man-on-the-street fundamentalist Middle
J> Eastern Islamists) endorse is fundamentally incompatible with
J> the things we hold as fundamental and dear principles in the
So ... now endorsement of a contrary way of life is punishable by
death without trial. Hmmmm. Why, pray tell, are we keeping Charlie
Manson in prison?
J> We are engaging militarily in order to discredit / defeat /
J> destroy --- however impractical this may be --- a way of life
J> and set of memes that poses a fundamental threat to "our"
J> (i.e. our culture's) own continued existence.
And CrimeThink is now a legitimate charge! Oh precious day.
J> political Islam is a cancer which Western civilization
Mahatma Gandhi was asked what he thought of Western Civilization.
"It would be nice" he said.
Based on it as a culture that punishes thought-crimes because the meme
might be appealing to others, I agree with Gandhi completely.