Posted by Todd (220.127.116.11) on September 15, 2001 at 23:19:07:
In Reply to: He has his followers posted by susieQ on September 15, 2001 at 22:43:42:
Mr. Ansary said "They are not even the government of Afghanistan" referring to the Taliban. Oh? Then who is? Mr. Ansary apparently feels they are not a legitimate government, owing to the method they used to seize power, but let's not confuse the facts...they are the Afghani government at this time.
He also said "And when you think "the people of Afghanistan" think "the Jews in the concentration camps."" I'm unaware of any concentration camps in Afghanistan.
Further on, he says "Some say, why don't the Afghans rise up and overthrow the Taliban?" He supports this with estimates of the number of disabled orphans and widows. No reasonable person would expect a disabled person, orphan or not, to rise up in arms and resist that which they oppose. I won't lower myself to Mr. Ansary's level and insult women with a statement or implication that they are somehow incapable of action, despite their marital status. The history of this country, and many others, has clearly demonstrated the contributions and sacrifices made by women in wartime, from support to nursing to the front lines.
If the citizens of Afghanistan are all the innocent victims Mr. Ansary claims, where does bin Laden get the "billion soldiers" Mr. Ansary claims he has?
Most importantly, Mr. Ansary has succumbed to the most common and most fatal of all argumentive flaws....he has presented a series of supposed arguments bolstering a case he fails to identify and at the same time offers no solutions.
What would Mr. Ansary have us do? Nothing? Shall we ignore this act of terrorism and allow bin Laden, the Taliban and their "billions of soldiers" to continue to revel in our tragedy?
Mr. Ansary concluded his diatribe with the following:
"Who has the belly for that? Bin Laden does. Anyone else? "
Neither bin Laden nor any of his followers have ever fought a war....they hide (as they have been since Tuesday) and strike out only under the cover of deceit and darkness. How do you conclude he and they have any belly for anything?
As to who does:
World War I. World War II. Korea. Viet Nam. The Persian Gulf.
I think the record speaks for itself as to that question.
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