Kodos, not Kudos. No 'u'.
Osama Bin Laden illustrates the dangers of xenophobia (for want of a better word) and of religion.
Empathy to a point. You'll notice I called what was done to Bin Laden murder. He is still a human being and still entitled to certain rights. It does not, however, mean that Bin Laden was not a dangerous evildoer worthy and deserving of contempt from civilized people and who ought to have been brought to account for his crimes both out of a desire to see justice done and out of a desire to safeguard humanity from further predation by him.To this end, he was completely deluded to the harsh reality of his actions & how the affected the people he thought he was saving. And the people hated him for this. I can conceed to this point. But I still feel that we as humans should have empathy for even the most pitiful & dispicable creatures. NOT to say he's morally justified by comprehesnion of his actions. I may be wrong on this point...& I'm sure someone will point this out to me...humans have their own moral compasses & have a choice in what they do. They should be prepared to except the responsiblty & repercusions for whatever choices they make.
The moral issues of Bin Laden are made tangled by the fact he was one villain going up against another villain. America is a vile nation and it is in the interest of humanity that America as it exists today be dismantled as soon as possible. However the people in the twin towers, and most of the other victims of Bin Laden's violence, are not really the American government and attacking them is both immoral and pointless. Even in a declared war, most of his targets would not be acceptable.
He attacked civilians, not military personnel or government officials responsible for atrocities. Hence why I condemn the 9/11 attacks and other acts of terrorism and not, say, the killing of American soldiers in Iraq.
You're right, thoughts are changing in America - we're getting much worse, much quicker. We have a terrorist sympathizer in congress who is holding Mcarthy style hearings about the danger posed by Muslim Americans. That's fucking psychotic.Again, I'll use my Dad to illustrate this:
Yes he fought for what he believed was right at the time. He chose to do so. As a result, my mother chose to divorce him. That was only one reaction. Another was he was held accountable for the crimes he commited and did time for them. He says he was prepared to take responsiblity for his crimes & felt justified in his actions. But the biggest repercusion was that over time, he learned to realize that the way he chose to fight for his beliefs were wrong. Today he goes about this in a completely non-violent way. This is what still makes him my hero. Because he chose a better way to stand up for what he believes in. I still don't prescribe to everything that he does believe in, but he goes out of his way to educate the ignorant & give them the tools to think for themselves.
Osama didn't do any of this. He merely imposed his will upon others & added fuel to a fire that has burned for a long long time. Personally, I don't think he should've been killed
despite my country's history of Imperialism (Hey man thoughts are changing!)
If America does not have its equivalent of kristallnacht (against Muslim Americans, Arab Americans, and anyone who could be mistaken by an Arab American by an ignorant bigot, of course) within the next decade I will be genuinely shocked.
I agree. And I'm even more interested in seeing the leaders of America and Israel brought to account for their actions. We did not let the Nazis get away with it, and we shouldn't let these modern day Nazis get away with it, either. Josef Mengele died an old man living in luxury, and so will Dick Chaney.but rather bought to justice for his crimes against the whole of humanity.
All human beings are not equal. We're all entitled to equal opportunity and treatment under the law, but Carl Sagan, Bertrand Russell, Josef Ratzinger, Adolf Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, Tenzin Gyatso, and Charles Manson are not equal in any sense of the word.For the record...even though I am an American...I have never held myself in a position of superiorty over anyone else because I am not. We're all human beings & thus equal.
You are only held accountable, in America, if you are not a wealthy white man.But again, we should be held accountable for the choices we make.
Language is important, though. How often do people talk of the obscenity of the Holocaust and mention how 6 million Jews died. That's not the tragedy of the Holocaust. The tragedy of the Holocaust is that some 12 million human beings were brutally murdered, most of them Jews.My patriotic statement above should've been one that related the fact that no life should be taken in such a violent way.
By focusing on the identity of the victim in talks that aren't actually focused on motive and how identity related to it, we show prejudice. We create the impression that the identity of the victim is what mattered, not that there was a victim. Language frames discussions and molds how we think. If I tell you "he was only 6 feet tall" and "he was 6 feet tall" I have conveyed to you the exact same facts, but the meaning is different in each example.