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Subject:  Re: served by criticism Date:  9/18/2001  12:47 PM
Author:  MikeEaster Number:  14462 of 27875

Examples of "civilians" we must take pains to avoid harming?

When I hear anecdotes like this, I think of two acquaintances of mine (FOAFs) Naim and Nadim. They are brothers, from Pakistan. They worked closely with a good friend of mine in her previous job. They were among the kindest and most intelligent people I have met. Their family is still back in Pakistan, and I would imagine they are very worried right about now.

Painting with a broad brush is very, very dangerous. Judging all Muslims or all Arabs or all Pakistanis or Afghanis or Palestinians or whatever from these two stories is like judging Americans from the Tim McVeighs and Ted Kaczynskis among us. Deciding that killing off thousands or tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of Muslims or Arabs or Afghanis or ... is acceptable because of anecdotes like these is simply repugnant.

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