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    • And in fact, the current attitude of the USA may actually pay in the short term, for the limited zone of Iraq; but, for a load of reasons, it's also creating more anti-americanism, more anti-semitism, and thus more terrorism...

    The article you quote is how Europe is growing more anti-American and more anti-Semetic.

    Are you seriously saying that terrorists are being bred in Europe? Do you know any Europeans who are going to suicide bomb Americans over this?

    I don't think the US is breeding more terrorists

    • Are you seriously saying that terrorists are being bred in Europe?Ever heard about Zacharias Moussaoui ?
        • Ever heard about Zacharias Moussaoui ?

        Yes, a Muslim of North African extraction. Sure, some Muslim extremists grow up in Europe. Those Muslim extremists are already convinced that the US must be destroyed and need no more motivation.

        To them, a war in Iraq is just a pretext to action, not their motivation. These people will not be satisfied until the whole world is converted to Islam at the point of a sword. Moussaoui's statements in open court are that Spain should be returned to Islamic rule and t [washtimes.com]

        • Zacharias Moussaoui doesn't come from nowhere. He is (strictly speaking) a french citizen with north african origins and a jewish forename, just like me, although I'm not a muslim. Thus, I think that I can understand a bit the process that turns a perfectly normal french citizen into a brainwashed fanatic soldier, ready to give his life for some religious sect. Moussaoui didn't grew up in the hate of jews. His parents were normal, honest, tolerant. I've seen his mother on TV explaining what's the jihad --
            • Zacharias Moussaoui doesn't come from nowhere. He is (strictly speaking) a french citizen with north african origins and a jewish forename, just like me, although I'm not a muslim.

            This reminds me of Salvidor Dali's quote "The only difference between me and a madman is that I'm not mad."

            Oh my gosh! I just realized that I have a jewish forename! Had I been born in Europe, I guess I could have been a terrorist as well!

            • And this initial point is currently given (among others) by the US foreign policy.
  • In that passage, Pynchon [suck.com] wrote [google.com] "non-American" [africaonline.com] when he should have written "European" [uky.edu], and wrote "America" when he should have written "the US federal government".

    Anyway, reading Gravity's Rainbow these days is about as insightful as inhaling blotter acid and reading Go Ask Alice, or guzzling tequila and watching Barfly.

    It's a bit, how you say, overdetermined; a bit obvious; a bit much.

    I suggest reading The Diary of H. L. Mencken while listening to some Towa Tei.

  • for a load of reasons, it's also creating more anti-americanism, more anti-semitism, and thus more terrorism, while it weakens also the UN and the NATO, and thus the worldwide regulative powers that should help fighting terrorism.

    I am unconvinced the push for disarmament of Iraq is creating anti-Americanism or anti-Semitism. Will the push in turn nudge people to act on those sentiments? Perhaps. But backing down from what we believe is the proper action because thugs will respond poorly is tantamount t