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Tuesday, August 02, 2005Tancredo: "Stupid, Brazen, and Uncivilized" - By James J. Zogby
By even suggesting that Mecca could be bombed in retaliation for a terrorist attack, Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) has made the world a more dangerous place. He is not alone, of course. Ironically, the Congressman has plenty of company among those who, either because of the evil they do or the stupid things they say, have endangered us all.
Now, before I am attacked for establishing a moral equivalence between terrorist bombers and unthinking macho politicos, let me be clear: I know the difference. The sick malevolence that led to 9/11 (US), 7/7 (UK), and 7/23 (Egypt) is dramatically and immediately "More Evil" than the lies that led the US and UK into Iraq or the hate-filled incitement practiced by religious extremists of all stripes. Link
I don't think the above statement is correct. The West has a habit of setting people up only to blame them if they react to protect themselves in the only way they know how. Desperate people have always taken desperate measures. I think if a comparison is made, we must look at the totality of the damage inflicted in each situation. The lies that led to the war on Iraq caused more damage to property and a lost of lives (US soldiers and Iraqi) than what occurred in the other incidences. Moreover, isn't it just common sense to think that if people are unjustly attacked, they will respond in the only way they can. I know some people think that Islam is evil and should be dealt with by any means necessary. But, isn't there a commandment given by the Christian God to Christians that says, “Thou shall not bear false witness,” indicating that there will be a reaction to the said lies. The evil started with the US. Doesn't this count for something?