Wednesday, July 27, 2005

It's Not Weak to Ask 'Why?'

An excellent article that touches upon the same subject as my post 'This is not about taking sides'

a snippet here

'This week's nominee for Orwell's Dustbin is the phrase ''blame-America first.''

It's just one of the argument-avoiding insults on the right wing's long list of synonyms for ''liberals.''

"To make the term sound like it carries some intellectual weight, you'll often hear right-wing brothers and sisters talk about how open-toe sandal wearin', tree-huggin,' bunny lovin', latte drinkin', terrorist-sympathizin', weak-on-defense, liberals engage in too much ''self-introspection.'' So, not only are ''liberals'' out to destroy America with their bleeding hearts and soft-headedness, they're also Jean Paul Sarte-reading navel-gazers.

Now, to see how ridiculous this is, imagine if this real-men-don't-introspect logic was applied to, say, police homicide investigations.

Detectives routinely ask why. Why would someone kill this particular person? What was the motive? In doing so, cops aren't ''justifying'' murder. They're not making excuses when they speak of what environmental circumstances provided the opportunity or the encouragement to kill.'

It's not ''feel-good'' utopianism to explore the roots of terrorism. It's downright pragmatic. You may not be able to change the heart of evil through knowledge. But it can lead to more effective strategies in fighting terrorism, which is why it so intellectually dishonest when conservatives accuse people interested in what fuels terrorism of wanting to ''offer therapy (to) our attackers,'' to quote Karl Rove's psychobabble

to read the full article on Alternet click Here

and thanks go as always to Daily Dissent for linking to my site . if your in The US there is no better place to stay informed

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