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41736Re: politics

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  • jimstuart46
    Jul 1, 2007
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      CSW,

      You write:

      "We need to move away from politics in general and ask why someone
      would think blowing up an airport, a nightclub, or anything else is
      somehow an entrance into "Heaven" and a great thing to do in the
      name of faith."

      Yes, you are right, this is a better topic of discussion for an
      Existentialist group.

      As existentialism is a first-person perspective philosophy, the aim
      should be to attempt to see the world from the viewpoint of the
      other. A starting point in the case of the bomber is to admit that
      he or she is driven by high ideals: he or she genuinely believes
      that this act of violence is what God wants. God wants revenge on
      the infidel who has violated God's lands and humiliated God's chosen
      people. The mind-set of the radical Muslim is straight out of the
      Old Testament. So one way to understand the radical Muslim outlook
      is for us to re-read the Old Testament and understand the God
      depicted there – the jealous and revengeful God, the God who wants
      us to go out and smite the Hittites, or whoever.

      Jim
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