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Old 07-27-2005, 02:22 PM   #61
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I think you'll find I was questioning either your knowledge of world politics or your ability to write coherent English, rather than looking to be insulted.
Oooh, snide syntax insults. This is gonna head downhill quickly, huh?
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Old 07-27-2005, 02:24 PM   #62
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Oooh, snide syntax insults. This is gonna head downhill quickly, huh?
No, actually the paragraph was so poorly written I assumed you intended to imply the origins of the PLO were the same as those of al-Qaeda. If I thought it was simply a case of poor English I wouldn't have bothered to comment.
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I think this failed attempt at a discussion only proves that diplomacy doesn't work.

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I think this failed attempt at a discussion only proves that diplomacy doesn't work.

Yeah, let's all be grateful most FYMers don't hold political power.
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Old 07-27-2005, 02:31 PM   #65
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No, actually the paragraph was so poorly written I assumed you intended to imply the origins of the PLO were the same as those of al-Qaeda. If I thought it was simply a case of poor English I wouldn't have bothered to comment.
Ah, the last bastion of the losing argument. Critique the writing technique rather than debating the point.
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OKC?

heh. anyway, I think the logic that there hasn't been another attack since 9/11 means Bush's policies work is something the GOP was banking on for re-election.

Yeah, as I said.

I heard more than one member of the administration say that, too.

But, was it a true statement?
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Yeah, let's all be grateful most FYMers don't hold political power.
oh, but one day I will!
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Ah, the last bastion of the losing argument. Critique the writing technique rather than debating the point.
Only when the writing is so poor as to render the point incomprehensible.

For the final time: I didn't intend to criticise your English. I intended to dispute a point you made about the PLO.
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oh, but one day I will!
Should I be scared?
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Was there a terrorists attack on U. S. soil that killed any Americans during Clinton's Administration?
I'd consider the Oklahoma City bombing or the first WTC bombing to be a terrorist attack but that's just me.
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Yeah, as I said.

I heard more than one member of the administration say that, too.

But, was it a true statement?
well, it's true that there have been no attacks on US soil. but I think it is incredibly difficult to guage how we are doing in our fight with Al Queda and groups with similar ideologies. people will claim that the lack of attacks on US mean we're "winning." people will claim that the violence in Iraq and bombings in London, Egypt, Spain, etc mean we are "losing." I don't subscribe to either of those arguments, and I think it will take years before we can truly know how much (or how little) progress we've made.
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Should I be scared?
only if you don't like U2.

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Only when the writing is so poor as to render the point incomprehensible.

For the final time: I didn't intend to criticise your English. I intended to dispute a point you made about the PLO.
Uh huh. But for the final time, we're not talking about terrorism any more, huh? We talking about English class. I wonder why.
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I'd consider the Oklahoma City bombing or the first WTC bombing to be a terrorist attack but that's just me.
Plus embassy bombings, but those little things don't count.
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Uh huh. But for the final time, we're not talking about terrorism any more, huh? We talking about English class. I wonder why.
I'll tell you why: Because you composed a paragraph which was so unclear that it appeared you had made a completely incorrect political statement. I therefore asked you to explain your statement only to find out you hadn't intended to make that statement to begin with.

Now we've dispensed with that, perhaps you'd like to get back to the subject we were originally discussing.
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