Respect for Life

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Thanatoast, Sep 21, 2004.

  1. Thanatoast macrumors 65816


    Dec 3, 2002
    When an American civilian is beheaded in Iraq, it is loudly decried and said that those who perpetrated the atrocity are barbarians who don't deserve to live. If the US bombs an "insurgent" city and a dozen Iraqi civilians are killed, what does that make us?

    If we can't let the terrorists "win" by giving in to their demands when we are bombed/attacked, why do we think *we* will win when we bomb the cities the terrorists occupy? Are they any more likely than us to give in? Or are the people who live in those cities more likely to turn against us, their "liberators", for killing their friends and family, destroying their homes and businesses, and generally creating chaos and misery?

    To boil it down: if violence is not a valid method of coercion for Islamic extremists, why is it a valid method of coercion for capitalist (small "r") republicans?
  2. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    Ah yes the endless circle of violence. If killing all the 'evildoers' were all it took, Israel and Russia would be shiny happy places free of violence today. But they're not.
  3. mischief macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2001
    Santa Cruz Ca
    Works much better to laugh at Zealots than to actually engage with them. If there was some way to humiliate (in a really good, harmlessly humerous way) these fools on international TV we'd have a solution.

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