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  •  I didn't want the bombers to be Muslim... (4+ / 0-)
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    I had hoped this would not turn out to be a muslim terrorist.  Not because I have any special affinity for Muslims nor do I have any aversion towards them either but because it will just promote more violence and killing and stock piling of weapons and so on and so on.  

    I was actually hoping that the perpatrator would have been just another crazy person, irrationally afraid of people different from himself, wanting to instigate a fight or make some stupid political point. If that were so, maybe we could have spoken in a unified voice that violence has to stop.

    Unfortunately, these lives lost and the images of these mangled survivors from this horrific event will only serve to promote more violence and more hatred and more weapons.  

    I was hoping that from the ashes of this tragedy, something good would arise from the price these unfortunate victims paid.  Instead, we, as a society, will use their sacrifice as justification for more of the same.

    Peace is not impossible, but it is hard.  It is hard to look at such a horrific event and not want blood in return.  It is hard to watch innocent children and young men and women blown to pieces and think about peace and forgiveness and love for humankind.

    I was hoping that this sickening tragedy would make people sick of violence and war and hatred but instead, it is just going to exaserbate it.  I want peace and love in a world addicted to war and hate.

    I hate that I hate these two young men.  I hate that these victims suffered at all, let alone that their suffering is for nothing.  I hate that tomorrow or next week or next month, this tragedy will be eclipsed by some other senseless tragedy because we, as a global society, will never realize that peace is hard... but it is worth it.

    "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

    by Buckeye Nut Schell on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 09:13:53 AM PDT

    •  I agree with most of what you are saying, but (0+ / 0-)

      does being Muslim protect from mental derangement? Can't there be Muslim versions of Columbine shooters?

      From Pierce:

      It may be Columbine with a thin overlay of politics. It may be Columbine with Jihadist YouTube videos instead of rambling diaries. It may be Columbine extended over a greater geographical area. But, for the moment, it looks like a couple of young people who went completely off the twig and decided to kill a lot of people.
      Read more: Daily Politics Blog - Charles P. Pierce - Political Blogging - Esquire http://www.esquire.com/...

      And other than a lot of useless chatter on cable tv, everybody speculating like mad, we have no information that would force us to conclusively determine one way or another.

      It's *Gandhi*, not Ghandi

      by poco on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 01:05:22 PM PDT

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      •  I agree with you... (1+ / 0-)
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        I just do not think the the majority of the population will think critically enough about this situation.  The fact they are muslim will be enough to condemn the whole population in a large portion of the country's eyes.

        There will not be a unified calling for peace from this but rather a fragmented calling for peace and blood and deportation and regulations and yada, yada, yada.  

        I was hoping for some kind of positive to be taken from this negative and it doesn't look like that is going to happen.  This just reinforces the stereotype that Muslims are terrorists and seemingly justifies all of the hate over the past 12 years.

        "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

        by Buckeye Nut Schell on Fri Apr 19, 2013 at 01:54:04 PM PDT

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        •  If they want to fixate (1+ / 0-)
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          on the fact that they are Muslim (if, indeed, that is the case), then maybe they might conclude that it was a lie that we could create "safety" at home by applying belligerent foreign policy?  Doesn't it make a lie out of "we've gotta fight 'em over there..."?  I'm not subscribing to their thinking, but wondering if there's some point we can make to them about how they think...

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