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Stages of Acceptance of a New Truth

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

~ Arthur Schopenhauer (born:1788-02-22 died:1860-09-21 at age:72)
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Motives for Terrorism

Every time there is a terrorist attack or terrorist attempt on Canada, Britain or the USA, the media make comments of the form:

  • The attacker had no motive.
  • The attacker was a crazed monster.
  • The attack was completely irrational.

I would like to point out this is not so. It is mass self deception. The media conveniently forget the illegal aggressive (first strike) Afghan and Iraq wars where the west killed hundreds of thousands of civilians. It is normal for a country attacked, or its sympathisers, to fight back. Disingenuous surprise at this obvious fact is acting like a Pythonesque twit. Why do they fight back?

  • To deter further attacks. Retaliation with terrorism is rational because the west has been committing terrorist acts (namely killing civilians). Recall that the allies committed terrorism by bombing Dresden to retaliate Hitler’s buzz bombing of London’s civilians.
  • Though not particularly morally admirable, it is still rational to seek revenge for past atrocities including torture and the use of banned weapons such as white phosphorus and depleted uranium.
  • The motivation of the terrorists is considerably more rational than that of western soldiers who killed without motive other than personal sadism when their nations were in no danger.

Obviously, the west should do everything to deter such attacks, but they should not deceive themselves that the attacks are the work of madmen. They should also keep their eyes open to their part is motivating the attacks rather that deceiving themselves they have been perfect Boy Scouts.

~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:67)
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