Catawa is my favorite bleeding heart liberal.
There is a reason why I and others don't condemn academics and policymakers when they criticize Islam, but instead condemn ignorant fools who burn Korans/provoke murderers.
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
As long as people continue to presume the truth of their ideology/holybook/leader rather than thinking for themselves then these types of scenarios will continue to play out time and time again.
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If you believe in the Supernatural then you can become a millionaire!
Questioning or criticizing another's core beliefs is inadvertently perceived as offensive and rude.
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?
An Enlightened Master is ideal only if your goal is to become a Benighted Slave. -- Robert Anton Wilson