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July 31, 2005

“Al-Qaeda does not exist in Pakistan any more.”
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
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“We thank God that the air we breathe is not in the hands of the government. Otherwise they would have cut it off for a few hours each day.”
Nadeem Haki, Baghdad
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.
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“I was against the invasion of Iraq and would not have voted for George Bush if I were a U.S. citizen, but I’m done with the ‘George Bush made me do it’ excuse. We must accept responsibility for this mess if we are ever to find a way out. And for those non-Muslims who accept the George Bush excuse, I have a question: Do you think Muslims are incapable of accepting responsibility? It is at least in some way bigoted to think that Muslims can only react violently.”
(More like this in: Religion and Faith) .:link:.
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“That’s the trouble with Islam today. We Muslims, including moderates living here in the West, are routinely raised to believe that the Koran is the final and therefore perfect manifesto of God’s will, untouched and immutable. This is a supremacy complex. It’s dangerous because it inhibits moderates from asking hard questions about what happens when faith becomes dogma.”
(More like this in: Religion and Faith) .:link:.
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“On the left, we’ve always talked about the need to have an echo chamber. We believe the right has a whole media network, from talk radio to Fox News to Matt Drudge. The left doesn’t have that because the left doesn’t play well with others.”
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July 26, 2005

“It wasn’t political. It was a way of demonstrating your good faith as a member of the club. Most your tribe vs. my tribe ‘political’ discussion you see these days is in the same type of mold. The content doesn’t matter all that much; it merely provides you with an opportunity to prove you belong. Those who feel like opting out of the whole scheme don’t compute to the others. That’s centrism, maybe.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“Suppose that the heat of political rhetoric could be charted on a scale of spicy foods. What you hear and read most days in the mainstream media ranges from unseasoned oatmeal to Franco-American Spaghetti-Os in a can. Whereas the political blogs pick up somewhere around a Taco Bell burrito and range all the way to the vindaloo you might be served by a sadist chef in Bangalore.”
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“I love that Aaron Brown, the way he sucks the flavor out of every word, and I love the way he mulls. No one mulls the news like Aaron Brown.”
(More like this in: Media and Entertainment) .:link:.
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“The United Nations, the European Union, the ‘peacekeepers’ of all nations had assured the terrified civilians of Bosnia-Herzegovina that the international community was stronger than Milosevic’s depraved regime and the death squads that it had spawned. And those who were so foolish as to trust this pledge were then hideously put to death. On video. In plain sight. Scanned from NATO and American satellites circulating indifferently in outer space.”
(More like this in: World Opinions) .:link:.
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July 21, 2005

“We’ve become mad in our pursuit of drug-law violations. Generations to come will look back and scarcely believe what we’ve done to sick people.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“Can anything said from the White House podium be taken at face value, or does the White House just deny automatically anything that reflects badly on it?”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“Consider the narrative of Saddam. There were basically three options. One, do business with him. That equals propping up un-Islamic tyrants. Two, use sanctions against him. That equals murdering Muslim children. And three, topple him. Ditto plus. All options, bar none, are added to the Grievance.”
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
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“If it is the plight of the Palestinians that drives them, why, every time it looks as if Israel and Palestine are making progress, does the same ideology perpetrate an outrage that turns hope back into despair? If it is Afghanistan that motivates them, why blow up innocent Afghans on their way to their first-ever election? If it is Iraq that motivates them, why is the same ideology killing Iraqis by terror in defiance of an elected Iraqi government? What was 11 September 2001 the reprisal for?”
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
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July 16, 2005

“I can understand, but never accept, suicide bombing in Iraq or Israel as part of a nationalist struggle. But when a British Muslim citizen, nurtured by that society, just indiscriminately blows up his neighbors and leaves behind a baby and pregnant wife, to me he has to be in the grip of a dangerous cult or preacher — dangerous to his faith community and to the world.”
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
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“There is, in my opinion, a struggle to find the Center in cultures across the world. We can see this struggle within Islam, within Christianity, within the West, within China, within Europe and America. And within ourselves.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“We seem to have pulled off the rare feat of breeding suicide bombers determined to attack the very society that incubated them; and the question is why. Why does America import its suicide bombers, while we produce our own?”
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
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“Yesterday I read the categorical ‘invading Iraq clearly made us a target’ from someone who continued, ‘it diverted our attention and resources from the very people that we should have been fighting — al-Qaeda’, but who just after 9/11 argued that if the US starts bombing Afghanistan, young Muslims will almost certainly rally behind the Taleban and Osama bin Laden in a new jihad. In other words Iraq diverted our resources away from something they shouldn’t have been dedicated to in the first place, because that first thing would lead to a new jihad.”
(More like this in: Afghanistan, Iraq, Terrorism) .:link:.
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“There was no concrete plan to prevent atrocity crimes at Srebrenica. In fact, there was no realistic plan to save any of the ‘safe areas’ from assault or atrocities.”
(More like this in: World Opinions) .:link:.
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July 10, 2005

“The idea that al-Qaeda was no threat until we created it does not stand the slightest scrutiny of events in the 1990s — from the first attack on the World Trade Centre in 1993, to the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000 and, of course, the September 11 atrocity a year later. And no one seriously thinks that only America was in their sights. The ideology of Islamism doesn’t stop at the superpower’s borders; its ambitions sweep through Europe; indeed that is where it is breeding so many of its jihadists.”
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
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“The British are responsible for destroying the caliphate system. They are the ones who created the Palestinian problem. They are the ones who created the Kashmiri problem. They are the ones who put the arms embargo on the Muslims of Bosnia so that 2 million Muslims were killed.”
Osama bin Laden, circa 2000
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
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“[S]orry, old chaps, you are dealing with an enemy that does not want anything specific, and cannot be talked back into reason through anger management or round-table discussions. Or, rather, this enemy does want something specific: to take full control of your lives, dictate every single move you make round the clock and, if you dare resist, he will feel it his divine duty to kill you.”
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
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“American TV — particularly the all-news cable guys — is constantly hyping things up with talk of the potential for further attacks, while the BBC was trying to calm things down and reassure viewers that things were under control. As a psychiatrist, I have no doubt about the harmful effects of the former vs. the helpful effects of what I saw happening on the BBC.”
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July 08, 2005

“This should make us all realise that the perpetrators of these crimes do not believe that any life has value: Christian or Muslim, Jew or Hindu, Buddhist or Sikh. They value no race either. Rather, they revel only in the indiscriminate killing of the innocent, and thus we are all their victims.”
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
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“At King’s Cross the professionalism and control of the emergency services was impressive, and the mood was one of calm, as if they’d managed to suck the terror out of terrorism.”
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
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“If I could have one small wish for today, it would be for the blogosphere on both left and right to refrain from political point scoring over the London attacks. Just for a day. Isn’t tomorrow soon enough to return to our usual arguments?”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“As a Democrat, I’m very happy that the lefty blogosphere wasn’t around much on September 11. Because if they were, and they uncorked the response they are uncorking to the London bombings, Democrats might never be electable again in my lifetime.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“Only in Washington does a ‘truce’ on ethics make sense”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“The irony is that at the same time that all these artistic possibilities are opening up, folks are receiving less and less art education in schools.”
(More like this in: Art) .:link:.
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“Once he comes to reconcile where that devil exists in his mind, he’s going to realize all along that that devil was him.”
Pat Rudolph, Eric’s mother
(More like this in: Terrorism) .:link:.
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July 05, 2005

“After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say ‘I want to see the manager.’”
William S. Burroughs
(More like this in: Witticisms) .:link:.
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“The spectacle we have made of confirmation hearings reinforces the public notion that the justices exist to decide cases the way political movements want them to. Liberals think the right started it, and conservatives think the left started it, but the important question is not who started it but who is going to stop it.”
(More like this in: Politics and Government) .:link:.
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“This latest example of your bad programming is what we consider the final nail in the coffin of your transformation from the pirate radio of television to a greedy, corporate sludge of unwatchable dead air.”
(More like this in: Media and Entertainment) .:link:.
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“We are alone, absolutely alone on this chance planet: and, amid all the forms of life that surround us, not one, excepting the dog, has made an alliance with us.”
Maurice Maeterlinck
(More like this in: Witticisms) .:link:.
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July 03, 2005

“The decay and disintegration of this culture is astonishingly amusing if you are emotionally detached from it.”
(More like this in: Critics and Commentary) .:link:.
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“I think that a break from being in production will give the next generation (har. har. har.) of Star Trek creators an opportunity to get some perspective on Star Trek, and let whatever the next thing is return to what made Star Trek so great: Captains who bang green chicks in mini-skirts.”
(More like this in: Media and Entertainment) .:link:.
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“I think once you do achieve a certain degree of traffic, influence, notoriety — however you want to call it — eventually the outsider label is not perfectly applicable anymore.”
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“While Mr. Cruise says that Mr. Lauer and I do not ‘understand the history of psychiatry,’ I’m going to take a wild guess and say that Mr. Cruise has never suffered from postpartum depression.”
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“We have a finite number of troops. But if you pull out of an area and don’t leave security forces in it, all you’re going to do is leave the door open for them to come back. This is what our lack of combat power has done to us throughout the country.”
(More like this in: Iraq) .:link:.


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