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  1. moon, I made a similar observation a couple of years ago vis a vis American drug agencies. It's pretty obvious they can't afford a change of policy. I
  2. Agreed. Of course the violence won't stop. In fact, it's likely to increase in the short run. But over time, a legitimate effort by the more powerful neighbour will have an all-consuming effect on the region, and for the better. I
  3. Bosh. Double f****ing bosh. America, Canada and Britain have outright refused to recognise Hamas as the ruling government of Palestine even though they have easily won the democratic vote. I
  4. Don't be daft... It's perfectly modern and it began with the Balfour Declration. The British haven't divested themselves of their former colonies as they said they would. I
  5. Speaking of miserable so-and-so's, John Fahey was a gem I
  6. Once again, I suggest that hyperlinks provide a poor argument. I
  7. I'm interested in Russia's and France's recognition of Hamas despite Israeli, European and North American resistance. I think there's a backwash that hasn't reached shore yet. I
  8. Davey Graham: You can't even talk about him, he's just that cool. John Renbourn: My favourite player ever. I used to think I was a guitarist. Renbourn taught me I was a musician. And I never met the guy. I
  9. I'm a secularist. ie, I believe in objective truths, my understanding of which may be modified by the inclusion of facts which I had no prior witness to. In layman's terms: I have an open mind. I
  10. On that point I disagree. Prior to modern Westernism, Moorish Spain was the most generous society known to Europe and Arabia. Places were made for both Jews and Christians and it was the most advanced state in the medieval world -- scientifically, philosophically, morally and practically.
  11. About fifteen years ago, when Canadian anti-hate law was introduced, I objected very strongly because I recognised it as a flawed piece of legislation. I saw that it was designed to address a specific constituency in a way that compromises general democratic principles and that it could be subverted to accomplish exactly the opposite of what it was intended to do. I said it would come back to bite us on the :filtered: sooner or later. Sadly, I have been vindicated in my opinion with this recent cartoonish business. Hate to say I told you so but.... I
  12. Spot on brother but it's way complicated. Our own lazy, uneducated secular drive is what fuels the tribal anger that threatans to overtake civilisation. This should be a thread. I
  13. You're off-topic, moon. We're not discussing the particular escapades undertaken by discete factions within this or that community. In fact we're not talking politics or militarism at all: We're discussing philosophy. I
  14. Whoa nelly, don't shoot the messenger. I was just trying to give some cultural background. As for the conflation of worship and appreciation of aesthetic works as stated in your latest post, I suggest the fundamentalists have a point. Anyway, the point of their argument has never been that Michalangelo et al. were blasphemous, but that their audience should be protected from becoming so by dint of exposure to their art. I
  15. Cheers moon but graven isn't the key determinant: image is. Graven is just a romantic adjective. Granted the argument's a bit metaphoric, but the conceit is that engraved (ie written vs oral) stories risk becoming icons to be worshiped in and of themselves, thus obscuring the original truth they were meant to impart. I
  16. Not a bad observation and one agonised over more than once in Judeo-Christian history. It should be noted that the problem of graven images led to the schism of the Catholic and Orthodox churches during the medieval period and, as a secondary irritant, to the schism of the Catholic and Protestant churches during the Reformation. The Orthodox church shares Islam's rejection of graven images, as the Protestant church also purports to do. I
  17. Oferchrissake. This kind of tosh flags in Western culture daily and we just deal with it. Nobody, least of all the Muslim community, seems to remember that the prohibition against graven images arose in the ancient Hebraic community -- a community upon which Islam bases its authenticity, by the way I side with the Palestinians mostly but I don't make the mistake of generalising that sympathy to the degree of a fetish. At present the bulk of the Muslim community is acting badly. They have an obligation to explain the nature of jihad, which they so far have not met. They have an obligati
  18. Exactly. I generally agree with moon on this subject but one2 has a point. Britain and the other colonial powers had euchred the deck long before the war. WWII and the reverberations that followed were just the tipping-point that sent almost every former European colony (not just the Palestine) into the inevitable, chaotic downward spiral we enjoy today. Just look at Africa. Tel Aviv looks like Club Med compared to Kinshasha. I
  19. Jeezuz Bruce! You know better than that. Give yourself a break. I
  20. B, You must observe the rule also. I
  21. I did. Twenty-four hours is the rule. You're not observing it. I'll count from now. I
  22. Inside joke. The banished didn't leave and were welcome anyway. I.
  23. I banish both moon and Bruce from this thread for twenty-four hours. the Steppenwolf
  24. As I said before, a bit of history would come in handy here. This is not the first time a nation has been threatened with extinction. I
  25. Are you suggesting that circumstanses are similar now to Weimar Germany? I
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