I am short on time, but I want to broach a topic that irritates me to no end. I have real trouble understanding why some people make apologies for terrorists. In recent memory I have heard people say that if only the US hadn’t invaded Iraq, Nick Berg, Paul Johnson, Bigley and so many others would be alive.
The suggestion here is that because the US invaded there is a legitimate excuse for this inhumane and barbaric act. I am sure that these people will make a similar excuse for Zarkawi’s recent murder of 50 Iraqis. He certainly is working on placing himself in the Hitler, Pol Pot, Stalin, Amin, category. He may not ever get to lead a country and be able to murder on the same massive scale, but he has murdered an incredible number of people. It is shocking.
Anyway, I find this moral ambiguity to very troubling. There are many ways that a person can protest actions. There are many ways that you can “fight the power” but these people who wish to create apologies for murderers are dangerous. They encourage the behavior, they do not deter it.
They’ll counter with silly arguments that claim “that I don’t understand the root of the problem” and that this is combined with an arrogant attitude that makes people angry.
I could respond with multiple examples of murder that had nothing to do with any of the excuses that they provide, but the ostrich doesn’ t want to see what is happening.
It is dinner time so I am going to cut this short now.