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Thread #69657   Message #1184011
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
12-May-04 - 01:54 PM
Thread Name: BS: Iraqis Beheading Americans
Subject: RE: BS: Iraqis Beheading Americans
It's hard to stay balanced on this.

Strolling Johnny, you start off rightly thanking El Greko for his "calm and well reasoned piece", and quote right - but then before your post is ended you are slipping into "...go back to their Oases and spend the rest of their days racing camels to entertain themselves". And that is essentially racist language, even when not used by a racist, as I am sure is the case here.

In wars people do horrible things. Inevitably there's a tendency to concentrate on the horrible things that are done by one side, and to comfort ourselves that these are intrinsically worse than the things done by the other. But the closer you get to it, the harder it is to be sure about that, and it doesn't really matter that much.

What we should never under any circumstances do is use the crimes and atrocities committed by one side as a justification for the crimes and atrocities of the other - in the way that the butchers of that poor young man have tried to do, and in the way that some of the posts in this thread, and the comment pieces in some of the media have attempted to do, in reverse.