The most disturbing things I hear in response to
the whole Afghanistan/Taliban/Al Queda are here
at my university. They generally go along the
lines of 'The US deserves anything anyone can
throw at it' and 'Hunting down terrorists is no
different than the witch persecutions during the
Inquisition' So stuff on this forum isn't that
bad in comparison, but I still feel the urge to
point out a few things:
The Crusades: Yes, we all know about this. The
pope felt his power over the european states
weakening, so he declared a holy war to unify his
power under God, and eradicate the heathen middle
east. Sound familiar? Right. Well, what would
have happened to all those Arabs if they just sat
there saying "We're above this. Fight? Why
fight?" For one thing, there wouldn't be an
Islamic nation today, and despite the current
events, that would be wrong, because most people
from that area are just as decent as any
American, and like here, they have a lot of
bastards too. That's human nature.
Japan and Germany post WW2: We did essentially
set up their governments after we defeated them.
Do we rule them now? No. Do they hate us now?
Quite the opposite. Germany's backing us up, and
so would Japan, except they haven't been allowed
an army capable of offense yet as part of the
post WW2 pact. In fact, if you look at accounts
of Japanese just after the war ended, they were
generally amazed that people they had just been
at war with were so kind.
The 'If we don't retaliate they won't come after
us' ideology: Well, see above crusades example.
And see how the bin Ladens' attacks have
escalated over the past decade when we didn't
eradicate the problem thoroughly. Oh, and one
ANTHRAX. Its a biological weapon, it certainly
doesn't happen by accident in places like the US
and its showing up in Florida, in the offices of
the Sun tabloid newspaper, coincidentally right
next to where one of the hijackers were staying
and learning to fly planes. BEFORE retaliation.
There are articles about it on msnbc.com If an
area were to be sprayed with antrax, and it
doesn't take a whole lot of the bacteria to
infect vast areas, there isn't going to be much
hope of a rescue operation, just a whole lot of