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Aeeey... I just wrote a detailed point by point response and hit "post" and got a "page expired" message.  Poof ... gone.  Uhg.

Not going to write it all over, but will just say I think the reason Americans weren't more outraged by the cartoon is that 1) fierce defense of freedom of speech - we've seen worse in our own papers, no one here is immune from satire, it's our national defense mechanism - and 2) an unfortunately sizable percent of the population feel the Arabs & Muslims are terrorists, at worst, or dangerous at best, and they felt their racism vindicated when the Muslim response to the cartoons shown on TV was to bomb embassies...

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire

by p------- on Thu Mar 2nd, 2006 at 06:03:01 PM EST
speaking of "those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities"

The poll also shows that 42 percent of the troops surveyed are unsure of their mission in Iraq, and that 85 percent believe a major reason they were sent into war was "to retaliate for Saddam's role in the Sept. 11 attacks." Ninety-three percent said finding and destroying weapons of mass destruction is not a reason for the ongoing military action.

"We were surprised by that, especially the 85 percent [figure]," Zogby said. "Clearly that is much higher than the consensus among the American public, and the public's perception [on that topic] is much higher than the actual reality of the situation."

estripes

almost any orgy of atrocity can be justified if it is spun as "vengeance"...  Remember the Maine!

Forget the Alamo.  (from Sayles' "Lone Star")

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Thu Mar 2nd, 2006 at 07:23:33 PM EST
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