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Check it out! You blockquote a section of my diary, and my description of a very salient element of the current situation between Washington and Moscow, and directly underneath you write your "clever" little comment. And now you claim it wasn't really about me, so you can whine about having the same terms returned to sender.


Well-informed readers may wonder why the Russians are painting a picture of the US and Russia on the brink of nuclear war, aligning themselves with Iran, abrogating treaties, and in general making such a fuss about ABM installations, even though virtually every ABM test ends in total failure.

"Well informed readers hopefully see this situation in less simplistic and cliched terms."

(I only posted on European Tribune out of admiration for Jerome, and the rest of it is just a sad joke.)
by Jacob Freeze on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 12:32:50 PM EST
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I remain hopeful that at some point you can return to my comments and the constructive comments of others with a bit less defensiveness and a bit more patience and gain something practical from this experience.   Perhaps there should be a Warning! sign when you sign up to this site that lets you know that this is a forum for genuine debate and ad hominem attacks are not likely to be tolerated because they get in the way of informative discussion.

Again, it is not you that I've insulted.  It is the unhelpful way this subject is framed everywhere in the media.  I'd say your post was much more fair than a lot of coverage.  But it is very easy -for anyone- to slip into the old ways of talking about US-Russia relations, relying more on emotive rhetoric than reason and facts.  It is a simplistic approach, and I do hope well informed readers can see that.  Because, frankly, it is not you Jacob, I'm concerned about.  It's what you are writing about.  

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Thu Dec 20th, 2007 at 01:08:25 PM EST
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