Here is an email I received in response to one of my essays on politics or war. My responses are marked with a ∇ and green type.
Terrorism : killing civilians with the intent of changing their political affiliation.
~ Caleb Carr (born:1955-08-02 age:60), military historian
You have it backwards. I am opposed to killing any civilians, (including American or Iraqi). You are in favour of killing Iraqi civilians. That makes you, not me pro-terrorism.
For my part, I created this website partly to spread information about the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Israel, complete with sources. For your part, you fired off one addled email rant where you didn’t even make clear what it was you disagreed with. I fail to see how your action is more admirable than mine. Millions of people have websites. You don’t have to be special in any way to create a website. If you check your IAP agreement, there is one probably already included in your monthly Internet access bill. Creating a website is one of the most polite possible ways to express your ideas. Nobody forced you to come to my website or to read any of it.
Further, what has my sexual preference got to do with the war in Iraq? The war is either right or wrong completely independent of the type of sexual plumbing some obscure guy in Canada, namely me, prefers.
I have not killed or wounded anyone. American soldiers have killed hundreds of thousands of civilians who were zero threat to the USA. What is my crime in condemning this pointless slaughter?
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