Comments: Paul Johnson, Jr., RIP (multiple updates)

I don't know what to say, but I feel that I have to say SOMEthing. You're absolutely right - why do we keep blaming ourselves? What kind of latent pseudo-catholic pain fascination have we developed? Why is it OUR fault? People kill us, and we apologize and ask for more. We deserve it. What caused us to think like this? Our need to flagellate ourselves has gotten out of control, and we need to put a stop to it. We cannot go on asking them to punish us for things that we did not do. Or things that we did long ago, or inadvertantly. The West does not go out of its way to inflict misery. Sometimes it is a by-product of something else, and for that we are sorry. But Al-Qaeda DOES go out of its way to hurt us. No one accidentally decapitates a man on video.

Sorry Debbye, just needed to rant.

RG

Posted by RightGirl at June 18, 2004 08:03 PM

I have heard the reasons for this is proverty.

Posted by Dex at June 18, 2004 08:21 PM

Tsun Tsu's "The Art of War" says [paraphrased] to defeat your enemy you must first know your enemy.

"They are evil," tells us nothing useful about our enemy.

Posted by Robert at June 18, 2004 11:05 PM

Now the filth-pigs are saying al-Moqrin is NOT dead!
Check this:

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/19/1087595775755.html?oneclick=true


(And...your blog is great!)

Posted by Beth the Vast Right Wing Conspirator at June 19, 2004 02:05 AM

Dax,

Perhaps it's poverty of the soul or conscience. Take a hard look at the perpetrators of terrorism. Start with bin Laden. He was definitley not poor. He's part of a very wealthy family. Look at the 9/11 hijackers. They were all educated. This is not the result of poverty.

Poverty is just a bullshit excuse used by apologists. When you hear things like this, check it out.

Saudi Arabia hires people from other countries to do work Saudis won't or can't do. They have an enormous unemployment rate which means they're supporting the deadbeats that are too lazy to work or who are "too good to work". Two generations ago they were living in mud huts, now they live in palaces and nobody HAS to work.

Rather than educate these deadbeats to run their oil infrastructure they pay western engineers a premium to do it. Rather than put them to work as drivers (women are not allowed to drive and must have drivers) they bring Filipinos or Indians in to do that.

No, it's not poverty. Indolence, maybe, but not poverty.

Posted by StinKerr at June 19, 2004 02:38 AM

Rant away, Right Wing Girl. We must confront the self-loathing that is being pushed upon us because some things must be addressed.

Beth, I followed the link to the Herald article at your site, and the whole thing is somewhat odd. Catching him as he was disposing of the body was awfully darned convenient ...

Robert, the point of evil is that it cannot be negotiated with - it has no purpose to it other than death and destruction. I know you don't agree with my assessment of them, but there it is.

Dex, were you by chance being sarcastic? Your comment didn't quite square with past comments, and I have noticed a good sense of humour in you.

Either way, I'm glad StinKerr had a chance to make the points he did; it is hard to argue that Saudi Arabia is anything but dysfunctional. On the one hand there is some popular sentiment for us to leave, but on the other there is a disinclination to do the jobs that we and other nationals are paid to do.

SA would be better off in many ways if the people there actually ran and worked in their own country, but an abrupt pull out would result in chaos and probably civil war.

Quite a dilemma.

Posted by Debbye at June 19, 2004 08:14 AM

you are right Deb, well I was just repeating a certain Prime Minister comment after 9/11 and I could not stand the guy ever since.

Posted by Dex at June 19, 2004 10:17 AM