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Sep. 11th, 2004 | 10:32 pm
mood: worried
music: tangents.com

Thinking on this depressing anniverstary, about fanaticism and terrorism and hate and how hard it is to be human. So easy to cling to one's tribe and despise everyone else. Even for me, and I make a conscious effort to sympathize with people who disagree with me, try and learn why people believe crazy and self-destructive nonsense like "gay marriage threatens me", "killing random people helps my cause" and "invading other countries makes the world love us". Reading history helps.

mortifyd said it perfectly for me, as a realistic American: nation that I love - grow up

Now, back to the porn.

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from: lucky_jack
date: Sep. 12th, 2004 08:51 am (UTC)

I've had you friended for a while as a friend of friends and I don't think we've ever really spoken, so I thought this would be a good start. I'm English, so I'm not sure if I'm welcome to comment here, but here goes, you can always tell me to take a long walk off a short bridge if you like.

I was very taken by what you said about other countries suffering terrorism for a long time. My biggest anger over America's reaction to September 11th was to do with this. In Britain it is well known that the biggest funding of the IRA came from private sources in America. Therefore, when the world was asked to join the fight against terrorism and follow the USA in its crusade, most of Britain's reaction was 'WTF?!How completly hypocritical'. We have suffered from terrorism in this country for years, much of it US funded. Whilst terrorism sickens me, the Bush hypocrisy and jingoism has sickened me just as much.

My thoughts go out to all the people of all races, creeds and religions that died or were touched by what happened on September 11th. But my most fervent hope is that it acts as a catalyst for the beginning of the end of US isolationism, which is dangerous to us all.

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from: msilverstar
date: Sep. 12th, 2004 09:10 am (UTC)

I agree with you and mortifyd. The distinction between "terrorist" and "freedom fighter" can be blurred at the best of times. The power of fanaticism is the conviction that one side is entirely right, that there is no alternative and that any means are necessary to fight overwhelming oppressive power.

When the US as last standing superpower is clearly hypocritical, that's likely to engender lots of resentment. I'd rather have isolationism than Bush-style hegemony. Sigh. If we're lucky, we'll get a much more reasonable president soon.

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from: lucky_jack
date: Sep. 12th, 2004 08:55 am (UTC)

Beg you're pardon, I reread that and saw that the piece was written by mortifyd.

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