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when the oppressed rise up and attack their oppressor, we need to ask: Who deserves the greater condemnation?

I read your post the other day and immediately wanted to reply. But I decided to wait a bit while I calmed down.

I AM AN AMERICAN and proud of it. My country is not an "oppressor" - quite the opposite. Over the centuries, we have lost American lives fighting for the freedom of others. I don't think it's a topic "too difficult to think about" as you suggest. Yes, American (and other Allied forces) killed people. It was a war. Vietnam was not a "declared" war but it was war nevertheless. Unfortunately, in a war, civilians get killed. But in most instances, civilians are not the primary targets - even in a war. (Before you bring up Hiroshima and Nagasaki again, we were trying to end a war which we did not start.)

Here in NY, those office buildings were filled with civilians - at their desks or going to their offices. And they were the target (along with all of civilization, in my opinion). So, pardon me, but I think the greater condemnation goes to the terrorists and their supporters, not to the US.

You are entitled to your opinion. I may not agree with you in the slightest but since I believe in freedom of speech, I will defend your right to have an opinion and to express it.

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