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Re: Yes it's off topic but who cares right now.
> I think Randy understands all too well. This war will not be fought on > some distant shore. It will not be fought in Afghanistan. It will be > fought right here--in our houses, in our streets, in our workplaces. Are > you all ready for that? > > The USA will retaliate, but it must not do so capriciously, and it must > not do so with the insane mob mentalities that have been floating about > this and other lists. Make no mistake, our country must defend itself. > But even in the wake of these heinous acts we cannot let our conduct make > us the terrorists and oppressors and imperialists that the fanatics say we > are. > > It is truly a cycle. Not only of violence and hate, but of staying true > to our values. When a bully is rampant in the school yard, if one person > knocks this bully out, the bully is still free to pick on other, weaker > souls. It is only when all stand together and refuse to be bullied or to > support the bully's actions that the aggressor finds he has no audience, > and thus no power. and the hardest part is doing so without being bullies ourselves. and we should be sensitive about this as we are not _perceived_ as having done well in this respect for the last half century. and this latter seems to be a factor in the mess we find ourselves today. randy