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  •  But what makes the suicide bomber... (none)
    put on the bomb?

    Is it because he was born with 'evil' in his heart?

    Is it because he was born into a life of poverty?

    Is it because he sees his family, his brothers and his sisters killed by snipers who get away with the murder of children?

    Is it because he feels he has nowhere to turn, no means to seek revenge?

    Is it because he thinks joining a militant group is the only way to avenge the deaths of the ones he loves?

    Is it...

    for so many reasons.  

    You cannot simply demonize a human being as 'beneath you' without seeking to understand why he behaves the way he does.  That does not mean his behavior will be found acceptable.  That does not mean you will approve of his actions, for they will have their own repercussions.  

    It does mean that the world is not a black-and-white place, where one side is always good, and the other bad.

    Do you think Martin Luther King and Osama Bin Laden would have turned out the way they were, had King been born in a starving country in Darfur, and died of AIDS at an early age due to US refusal to distribute food and medicine except to countries that practiced 'abstinence only' as a means of preventing STDs?  Do you think OBL would have turned out the way he did, had he been raised in an environment where he observed US respect for the Muslim world - an environment where he was raised with the knowledge that all humans were of value - an environment where a foreign Christian nation was not intent on plundering the oil of his neighboring countries?

    We all start out the same.  Never forget that.

    "The last thing people want is an opposition party vigorously opposing things." - jasonwhat

    by the new yorker on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 02:45:48 PM PST

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    •  OBL (none)
      Btw, was raised in a very priviledged environment. As was Al-Zawahiri, who is a doctor.

      And we are all equal, but we are not the same. We are joined and related, but not the same. Your sister (if you have one, or brother) may not be as smart as you. We are all products of the intersection of our innate nature, capacity, instincts etc. PLUS our environment, upbringing, education, etc. It is a combination. I do not think, the MLK, Jr, no matter how bad his environment, no matter what could ever become an OBL. Not by a long shot.

      There are plenty of longitudinal studies which show that children in the same family raised with the same parents, under the same circumstances can turn out to be frighteningly different. We ignore those differences at our own peril.

      I want to be clear, I am not saying that ANY difference justifies unequal treatment. But there are differences.

      •  Oh, (none)
        definitely aware of OBL's background.  

        When I say we're the same, I don't mean genetically.  I mean that there aren't any overreaching differences between people in different parts of the world - certainly none that exist because of differences in religious practices or beliefs.  We share 99.5%+ of our genes with every human being we pass in life.  We are different, but we are the same.

        We truly are affected by our environments, and by our genes.  Nonetheless, the vast majority of people on Earth seem to want peace.  The vast majority of people on Earth are not violent extremists.  We must not forget this.  

        "The last thing people want is an opposition party vigorously opposing things." - jasonwhat

        by the new yorker on Sun Feb 05, 2006 at 03:23:22 PM PST

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        •  Peace (none)
          yes, I agree. Most humans on the face of the earth want Peace, with a capital P.

          Instead of these wars, it might be a better idea to put the following people in a room together and let them duke-it-out:
          Al - Zawahiri
          The Saudi Bunch
          Tony Blair
          Select Hutus

          you get the idea.
          Why should our children be fighting for them. Let them have a Brawl.

          While you & I have a cup of coffee/tea/etc.
          Peace to you, Brother/sister :)

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