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Old 10-22-2002, 03:44 PM   #1
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You plant a demon seed...

...You raise a flower of fire?

I read the folowing lines today in the New York Times:
(Written By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF)

..Sure, the Saudi monarchy bears some responsibility for fundamentalist Islamic terrorists. King Faisal, together with the United States, deliberately nurtured fundamentalist Islam in the 1960's as a counterweight to Nasserists and leftists. It was Saudi Arabia that, at America's request, backed the jihad against Soviet troops in Afghanistan, thus forming the basis for Al Qaeda.

Later, prestige-seeking Saudi businessmen wrote checks to radical Islamic charities, financing the spread of radical Islam in much of the Islamic world  in the same way that zealous but misguided Americans helped underwrite I.R.A. terrorism in the 1970's and 1980's, as our own government pretended not to notice. Read Margaret Thatcher's memoirs and you find the same kind of outrage at American financing of Irish terrorism that we feel at Saudi complicity in Islamic terrorism.
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What do you think? Did the wrong politics of our fathers mess it up?

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Old 10-22-2002, 08:56 PM   #2
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Political mistakes can be traced all the way back to Caesar & beyond, it doesn't excuse the actions of those in the present and future.
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Old 10-30-2002, 04:18 PM   #3
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it doesn't excuse anything - but it's can be the reason.

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Old 10-31-2002, 06:47 PM   #4
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Klaus, you are truly an interesting being.
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Old 11-01-2002, 07:51 PM   #5
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Thanks Macphistophela
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Ah! Another MacPhisto! I knew it would come down to this! However, this forum IS big enough for the two of us, so don't have any worries.

And to stay on topic, I agree with The Wanderer.
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