"many people are too cowardly to speak out against something abhorrent"
If you think it is in your "best interests", most probably won't speak out even if it is abhorrent. Look at the Nazi's. Look at the terrorists. Look at Bill Clinton or W. Look at abortion (oops, that's not politically correct here).
My point is that everything can be justified in some form or another. Even abhorrent acts. Character, bravery and courage can overcome and allow these acts to stop (i.e. D-Day), but those traits will be trumped if you are too busy thinking what you are doing is so much better than everyone else that your abhorrent acts are justified but theirs is not (i.e. detainee photos or Israel/Palestine bombings).
<<< I wonder why we spent the last 20 messages pretending that we disagreed. >>>
'Cause that's what kids do in the sandbox. ;-)
Speaking of sand, there are several bunkers calling me. I gotta run...
>>> I am certainly going to withold my approval from those guys until they get it together and express the outrage I feel they should have on the issues that are important to ME, the moment they enter MY mind, wheither or not they are concerned with other issues themselves, which, I'll have you know, are of no interest to me whatsoever. <<<
Good I'm glad we agree. I wonder why we spent the last 20 messages pretending that we disagreed.
Hey, while we are at it, let me express my outrage that the Catholic Church and the Church of England haven't weighed in on the 'very badness' of bombings in Northern Ireland. Let me further add that they may indeed have, but that if they have, they have not explicitly informed ME of having done so, which is, in MY BOOk, even worse than not having done so.
I am certainly going to withold my approval from those guys until they get it together and express the outrage I feel they should have on the issues that are important to ME, the moment they enter MY mind, wheither or not they are concerned with other issues themselves, which, I'll have you know, are of no interest to me whatsoever.
You said"kind of like what we did to them".
and you are as wrong as one can be.beheading an innocent civilian has no explonation but a proof of arabic barbarism.
Those araps are trying to destroy the muslim religon and what it stands for by beheading an innocent person.
I think all muslims of the world must get together and fight against to the terrorism and el-kaide,and arap barbarism(as evidenced by the horrific action against the innocent civilian),otherwise their religon will be misunderstood, misinterperted, mis aligned, mis everything.
>>> By the way, has Christiandom come clean on the Crusades yet? <<<
So, you believe that because the Bush administration hasn't apologized for the Crusades, which happened about 700 years ago, that the ritual beheading of a US citizen is justified?
Hey, this putting words in someone else's mouth is fun :-).
You make these mafia analogies like the mafia is dead. Come on, you dig through financial statements for the bodies all day and you believe that?
Today's cries of "the mafia is on the decline" are equivalent to the "mafia doesn't exist" line of the 30s-50s. They arrest a couple of the loose cannons, but by and large its business as usual.
"'They' should see us as law-abiding and amenable to decisons by lawful international courts and institutions, whether the decisions are for us or against us."
Paying reparations, which we do not owe, will not help 'them' see us as we are ( law abiding.)
At some point our detractors need to open their eyes. We can't do it for them.
Hehehe...this one is rhetorical...
How often does anyone, individual or otherwise, truly (you know, the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth) come clean regarding their words and actions, and the consequences thereof?
'Blame is better to give than receive.'