Quote: Originally Posted by YukonJack
I don't think I would be too far off the mark if I made the assumption that you are a young and idealistic socialist and a great admirer of Mao, Che, Ahmedinejad and Stalin.
Wrong....I am late-forties and hold none of those as idols. I have seen the horrors and atrocities of war up-close and personal during my time in Bosnia and am far more libertarian than socialist. Go ahead and try to pigeonhole anyone with a different opinion if you like but mine is derived from much life experience, education and traveling around the planet getting to know different cultures and peoples.
Take solace and comfort in the knowledge that that soft spot on the top of your head eventually will be hard, at which time you will realize that the millions that the above-mentioned worthies murdered are no more or less dead and deserving sympathy than the thousands that Americans are responsible for.
Soft spot...LOL, yours has obviously re-formed in your old age. Many atrocities commited by many people in order to gain power and conquest over others not the least of which is the US.
And at that time you may be able answer, with a modicum of honesty who would you rather have as a neighbour: China, Iran and Russia or America.
Nut-jobs, power-hungry leaders and radicals in all of them. I live my life as I live it without any regard for who my neighbor may be and will not compromise my morals for any of them.
Quote: Originally Posted by Icarus27k
Right, guy. I'm all for criticizing the U.S. for launching wars and killing people, but you're kind of changing the subject. The post you are responding to is a criticism of you praising bin Laden. Despite all the bluster in the last day or so about bin Laden being killed, I don't think many people are actually being praiseworthy of the U.S. in the way you were being praiseworthy of bin Laden, so drawing some kind of equivalency didn't make sense in the context.
You seem to misunderstand, I do not praise OBL just as I do not praise the US. He would certainly have garnered much more global support if he took the route of Ghandi and used peaceful resistance.
I think it is the height of hypocrisy to condemn him for what he believes is defending himself and his people against imperialistic forces while commiting mass murders in the name of imperialistic democracy. Lets be real here, US foriegn policy based upon global domination and installing their brand of democracy on the entire planet is the root cause of 9/11. If the US had returned to its isolationist ways after WW2 9/11 would have never happened.