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Behold what we have wrought
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komos From: komos Date: August 7th, 2003 07:17 am (UTC) (Link)
The brush I chose was a direct response to the rather broad strokes you used to address me initially. It appeared that the thrust of your argument rested on the refutation that everyone hates Americans. Leaving aside that the idea was a minor sidebar in the discussion, I conceded early in my response that it was an exaggeration. My contention was that in your attempt to reduce that exaggeration to absurdity (as indeed, any generalization so broad must be), you overstated your case. I saw fit to call some of the things you appeared to believe are self-evident into question. To reiterate, I think that it's dangerous to mistake "desire for our wealth and priviledge" for "admiration." The current American model differs from those I cited only in form. The execution is remarkably consistent.

Let me rephrase my original contention... The history of the outcomes of American intervention in the Middle East from the Second World War to the present suggests that Americans should not feel any more secure for this action in Iraq or indeed for our heavy-handed, vaguely defined, and decidedly clumsy "war on terror." Our actions in the post-9/11 world have done nothing to improve anti-American sentiment, and it is likely that we are laying the seeds for future disaster.

But then, as you said, this isn't really what you wanted to debate.
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