Violence begets violence... but how?

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Posted by Ammianus Marcellinus on 03/03/02 - 11:02:54
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"Example:  Name anyone who says "profiling" on airlines is a good idea?  Despite the fact that 99 percent of the atrocities committed in the past 25 years or so (starting at the Munich Olympics, through embassy bombinbs, marine barracks bombings, suicide bombings, trade center attacks 1,2, and 3) are mostly conducted by middle eastern men in their 20s, 30s, and 40s?"

You mean outside of those atrocities committed by graduates of the School of the Americas, or in Bosnia, or by the Israeli Army, or in various wars in Africa, or in East Timor or Kurdistan with US weapons? (Or...)

America isn't the center of the world.  Therefore, "atrocities" includes those paid-for with American tax dollars (e.g. "low-intensity warfare" in Nicaragua leading to 20,000 civilian deaths including one Benjamin Linder, not to mention such as happens throughout the rest of the world, esp. right now in Colombia) as well as those committed in other parts of the world by other people against each other (e.g. Rwanda).  No?

The "middle eastern men" are just the folks most likely to fight back against what US proxies do to their countries, because they think they can speak "for Islam".  On the other hand, it's a wonder there are so few examples of the desperate revenge depicted in Hector Tobar's novel THE TATTOOED SOLDIER, where a middle-class victim of Central American death squads goes to LA to exact revenge upon the Fort Bragg-trained soldier who killed his wife...

"Most of us regret things we've said in the past six weeks."

Too true.  The unsavory thing about learning is that it happens when we experience that regret.

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