Something to ponder for those who put too much emphasis on “feelings” . . .

“America has been in too many wars for any of our wishes, but not a one of them was won by being sensitive. A sensitive war will not destroy the evil men who killed 3,000 Americans. … The men who beheaded Daniel Pearl and Paul Johnson will not be impressed by our sensitivity.” –Dick Cheney

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  1. Well, we won’t win wars with sensitivity, but we will retain our humanity. That’s what differentiates between us and our attackers. Sensitivity and understanding.BTW, my peppers are doing awesome! Do by any chance have any recipes for making hot sauce?


  2. Actually, what separates us from our attackers is we are dismantling extreme, cowardly, rogue groups that are killing women, children and civilians.  They attacked us because Capitalism, Freedom, and Democracy take power away from them.  We are making the world a safer place.
    But other than that, we’re no different.


  3. Do you argue then that our attackers sensitivity? Do you think that if they did have any sensitivity or understanding that they would still do what they are doing now?And was that an inclusive we?


  4. I think that we DO have sensitivity — sensitivity toward the downtrodden and oppressed, and the humanity to want to see those peoples set free from the dictators that abuse and kill them.  And so we go to war.  If you were walking down the street and saw some ganster punk beating the pudding out of a little old woman what would you do?  Keep in mind that everyone else is standing around saying “It’s not my business, it’s not my fight.”  (That would be the U.N.)  Would you look the other way, too?  Or would you go over there and start beating the pudding out of the punk? 
    Who is more humane?  The person who turns the other way or the person who cracks a few skulls in the defense of the defenseless?


  5. I’m not sure what your question is, Reuven.  But I’m guessing that you are believe the world would be a better place and free of wars and killing if people were more sensitive and understanding.  I believe that’s a pipe dream that doesn’t exist in reality.  In the real world, there are always going to be people who want to dominate others – oppress, kill and steal from people.  It has nothing to do with sensitivity training or understanding.  It has everything to do with the fact that people are inherently born selfish and full of jealousy.  In the real world, it takes men and women of courage to say that we will protect our loves ones from the evil that exists, from people who hate us just because we enjoy freedom and economic prosperity.  It’s not pretty sometimes, but in the end justice and liberty come with that cost.  I find it aggravating and arrogant when people who enjoy the freedom and prosperity that is paid for with the blood of our fallen soldiers and innocent civilians criticize the hand that feeds and protects them.


  6. I’m not sure what I was trying to say with my first sentence. I think I missed a word somewhere in there, and now the train of thought is lost. Sorry about that. Yes, I think the world would be a better place and free of wars and killing if people were more sensitive and understanding. Yes, it is a pipe dream. Then again, a few hundred years ago, democracy, freedom, and most of the things we love this country for were pipe dreams. I totally agree with you both that it takes a strong person to stand up and do something. I never disputed that. But sensitivity IS important. And we have to realize that it IS one of the things that fundamentally distinguishes us from our attackers/enemies. One of the best traits of America is that sometimes, when you strive for a pipe dream, it comes true.And as to gangster punks, well, I’m a punk. I believe that people are what they make themselves. If I ever saw someone beating up a defenseless person, I’d be the first one in to help. I’ve done it before, and I’ll do it again.


  7. I don’t know where you are getting your information about what distinguishes us (the American people) from our attackers (terrorists, militant Muslims, Al Qaeda).  Maybe sensitivity is what distinguishes *you* from our attackers – in your own mind.  The problem with equating every pipe dream out there with democracy and freedom is I’d bet most Americans don’t share your dream.  That kind of reasoning is like saying ice cream is cold; Antarctica is cold; thus Antarctica is made of ice cream.  Ask any of the survivors of the 9/11 attacks or the widows or orphaned children – I’ll bet their priority is not to be more *sensitive* about our attackers’ feelings.  I’m guessing they would rather see those responsible brought to justice and wiped off the face of the earth.  And while we’re at it, scare the crap out any next generation terrorists and make them think twice about starting their own little band of Jihad-Johnnys.
    One of the best traits about America is that we are strong, brave, and have a clear understanding of good and evil.  We have no qualms about removing threats to our freedom and our safety.  We kick a little tail and ask questions later.


  8. You’re right. I’d bet most Americans don’t share my dream of sensitivity and understanding for all. I fail to see how your analogy works, though. I said sensitivity and understanding are pipe dreams, just as democracy and equality used to be. I’m not equating the two, just showing that a pipe dream isn’t always really as impossible as it looks. Besides which, the world would be a better place if we were all sensitive and understanding of one another. Survivors of the 9/11 attacks? My uncle worked across the street. I’ll ask him the next time I talk to him, just for you.As for the “next generation terrorists,” I don’t think scaring them is the answer. This summer, I talked with an Israeli-Arab girl (NOT a Palestinian, an Arab who was an Israeli citizen. Please note that this girl was nothing compared to the people in the territories). We discussed terrorist attacks, and she told me she would be happy if her mother was killed in a suicide bombing. I think that to stop an attitude like that you need to understand it, and try and argue the point rationally, not “kick a little tail and ask questions later.” Sorry, TXMom2Jami. I feel we’re being a bit rude having this discussion on your page instead of one of ours. Do you mind, or would you like us to move?


  9. You know, your statement about the arab only confirms what most Americans already know – you can’t, through sensitivity and understanding, convince someone who’s life ambition is to die while killing innocents to think rationally.  These people need to be dealt with like the animals they are.
    Did sensitivity and understanding convince Japan, the Nazis, Stalin, North Korea, Castro, Noreaga, or Milosovich to lay down their arms and stop killing innocent people? 


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