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#21 cookinwithgas

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 12:43 PM

But isn't the cornerstone of all our laws based on the 10 commandments?


I dunno, whats the jail term for taking the lords name in vain or not honoring your parents?

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 12:48 PM

I think if we gave them the authority, they would certainly love to be.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 12:50 PM

Some of the stuff the Taliban does is beyond belief. Right after 9/11 I read in a Newsweek article about a gathering they had where they wrote the word Bush on a dog, then doused it with gasoline and set it on fire.

This is one thing that I always found paradoxical about the left's objection to war with these people....all the things you criticize the religious right for, in fact all the things you criticize the right for, period....mistreatment of women and those less fortunate, etc....here the right is going to war against people who take these things to the extreme and you're taking up for the other side.

I know there's a lot more to it than that, but I would think it would at least give you pause to think that you had more in common with the right than you do with the enemy.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 12:53 PM

I never noticed a huge movement on the left against Afghanistan. No more than I've seen from the right, so that's pretty strawman-ish.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 12:53 PM

Its not like the Bush Administration tried to have the nude statues around DC covered up...


oh wait

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 01:06 PM

I never noticed a huge movement on the left against Afghanistan. No more than I've seen from the right, so that's pretty strawman-ish.


Yeah I didn't hear a peep out of anyone about going into Afghanistan. Even if there was an uproar about it, we should 'teach' these people to treat women better or have better morals by dropping bombs on them?

Extremist Muslims represent Islam as much as McVeigh represents Christianity.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 01:25 PM

Yeah I didn't hear a peep out of anyone about going into Afghanistan. Even if there was an uproar about it, we should 'teach' these people to treat women better or have better morals by dropping bombs on them?

Extremist Muslims represent Islam as much as McVeigh represents Christianity.


In strict Islamic countries, women who expose their faces get acid thrown on them. There are violent crimes upon women here, too, but the govt doesn't approve of them.

They do treat their elders better than we do. I'll give them that.

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 01:27 PM

Its not like the Bush Administration tried to have the nude statues around DC covered up...


oh wait


That's just penis envy. Have you seen the package Michelangelo put on the statue of David?

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 01:31 PM

Big difference - those countries are not our countries. We can refuse to trade with them, encourage sanctions, whatever....but we should not be in the business of trying to make other places act like us. Certainly saying that we invade countries to "bring them freedom" is a hack argument - it's always a justification to whatever else we are interested in.

If we present a good case for emulation, some nations might come around (and many have).

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 01:32 PM

Big difference - those countries are not our countries. We can refuse to trade with them, encourage sanctions, whatever....but we should not be in the business of trying to make other places act like us. Certainly saying that we invade countries to "bring them freedom" is a hack argument - it's always a justification to whatever else we are interested in.

If we present a good case for emulation, some nations might come around (and many have).


The power of our example, rather than the example of our power?