You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
My side does not include coward Americans safe at home practicing the rights they didnt earn for themsleves at the expense of those abroad doing the work.
My side does not include religious zealots who appoint themselves as God's executioners on earth.
You see, I've faced these zealots in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. I have been to Egypt. I have been to Oman, Kuwait, and the UAE. I can confidently state that our enemy is a civilization. Not the few ("terrorists" as they are labeled) who merely represent them. Those who try to state otherwise are the same sort who pretend that Nazis weren't Germans. That somehow the two were distinctly different just as Islamic extremists are different from the Islamic civilization that breeds and nurtures them.
But I will not abide the idea that a piece of **** in America gets to cause the death of Americans abroad because he feels that he must celebrate the freedoms he didn't earn by insulting and stoking fires needlessly. There have been a plethora of books and articles written on the matter. This had nothing to do with him "blowing the whistle" on a religion. This had everything to do with his personal hatred forced upon the world. In the end, this "director" will refuse his responsibility in this because people like you will allow him off the hook. He was an idiot. He is a fool. And now Americans abroad are dead because of it. They aren't dead because of his rights. He had his rights without his stupid video. Others earned that for him. And now others are dead because of him.
Hey, I know! Let's tell them, then bring some of the Islamic nutters here, give them weapons, and let them wipe out the gang bangers!
No, maybe not. That would be like bringing in a family of skunks to get rid of possums living in your cellar.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
The recent trend seems to be that we will isolate those individuals from the rest of society, as we did with that reverend in Florida and are doing now with this filmmaker, rather than just letting them say whatever they like and then deciding for ourselves whether it contains merit or not.
If we don't stand together on these issues, no matter how much we may disagree with them, then the entire system begins to crumble.
"you're better off on Stormfront discussing how evil brown men are taking innocent white flowers." Infinite Chaos
US ambassador Chris Stevens killed in Libya - live updates | World news | guardian.co.uk"The whole atmosphere has changed for the better,” Stevens wrote in an email in July. “People smile more and are much more open with foreigners. Americans, French and British are enjoying unusual popularity. Let’s hope it lasts!”
In July, Chris said he was excited about the prospect of forthcoming Libyan elections and of showing Sen. John McCain around town during a visit.
He had got into the habit of a daily run through “our somewhat rural neighborhood of goat farms and olive groves and vineyards” and had tracked down his old tennis coach, Mohamed, for a weekly match.
“All in all, it’s great to be back,” he wrote, “especially in the ‘new Libya,’ as people here are saying.”
In a short personal postscript a few days later, he added: “It is quite amazing out here. And now it seems the Muslim Brotherhood has suffered a defeat at the polls! Strange and unexpected.”
Really sad stuff to read with hindsight.
He deserves to face those he offended. He is welcome to go to Libya and protest Islam and face the rage he ignites. He is free to do that. Of course, he is also free to cower behind American borders and behind American embassies and an American military who will go ahead and die for his bull ****. That's what our freedom really teaches us. Irresponsibility and the celebration of it at other's expense.
Last edited by MSgt; 09-12-12 at 11:07 AM.