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You know, desert pilot has a point there with his inspiration post, in fact I'm going to take it one step further and say the events of 9/11 have still to this day given me greater resolve to go out and excell in life because you never know when some half wit,brain dead religious nutter,who has an inferiority complex because the rest of the world is doing better than them can come along and snuff your life out. And yes, lets be very realistic here and not so bloody politically correct and say that the majority of the worlds problems stem from a section of the world where these utter fruitcakes stew and dwell and fester on some ridiculous half baked moronic view that their god is better than every body elses or some other stupid unrealistic fantasy they have. The morons of 9/11 did do one thing however - wake the world up to how vulnerable we all are, and how lax I guess you could say we take home security. But I tell you what - any one of these psychotic,brain dead,religiously Faaaarked up individuals even so much as set a toe near the flightdeck door of one of my flights and they will cop an emergency crash axe either up the A#$ or through the middle of their vacuous bone dome.

Anyway thats my two bobs worth. You guys in the USA probably don't need to be reminded of the whole thing, but it still does effect people around the world, especially an industry where you work so **CENSORED****CENSORED****CENSORED****CENSORED** hard to get to and then someone comes and steals the rug out from under your feet - hence the guys that are furloughed.

Can someone hurry up and find this Osama Bin Laden wanker, brain dead, half wit, turban wearing faaaarkwit and exterminate the jerkoff!!
 

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Interesting perspective....!

Amen, brother. We need to see more @ss-kicking and less finger-pointing on tv. And as a military dude, I'd like to see the gloves come off.

Chunk
 

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Boy...I'm gonna have a FARKING cow.

Uhhhh Dan ... with all due respect to your spiritual views, I must respectfully take issue with your characterization of Islam as a nutter religion. And no ... I'm not going on a tirade about the millions of peaceful Moslems and all that gash. I'm merely going to point out that it is a very fine line between bombing abortion clinics or sniping OBGYNs and flying a widebody into a building. All religions have their nutcases.

The next time an abortion clinic is bombed or a doctor is shot should we round up the Baptists? Personally, "Christians and Lions" is a spectator sport I could sink my teeth into. :D But it ain't gonna happen. Actually considering that about 90% of all current combat in the world is taking place over religious differences (include tribal strife IMHO) maybe we should just outlaw religion? Muslims against Jews, Christians against Muslims, Animists against Christians, Muslims against Hindus, even Christians against Christians (Bosnia). D@mn ... I'm glad I'm Buddhist, we've never had a 'religious' war. Oh wait ... I forgot about Sri Lanka. Sh!t. Oh well ... I guess that's all of us.

:D

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And Chunk ... I too gave Uncle Sam five years of my life to defend your right to be an ill-informed militant arse. So ... rock on brother!

:D

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Perhaps, oh wise one, you will take the time and enlighten me as to how I am "misinformed"....as for militant, if that's what you call someone who is tired of people talking about 9/11 like it's something that just "happened" and not what it actually was, a cold, calculated act of mass murder and war, then so be it.

As for the arse, well....
 

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Oops ... I saw the avatar on Aust's post and thought he was Turbo (same avatar). My bad ....

Chunk ... just a friendly jab my man. Nothing personal intended. It's just that many of us - me included at one time - are a little quick with the "Kill 'em all ... let God it sort out" quips. It's a somewhat logical, yet purely emotional, reaction to the horror of 9/11. Quite understandable in the beginning.

However, if we look deeply into the roots of this incident we will see (assuming we are truly looking with an open mind) that merely leveling a county or two won't prevent it from happening again, and that we are painting Moslems with a rather large brush. At least part of the problem of Islamic terrorism goes back to 1948, part of it is the incorrect interpretation of the Koran, and there's a hundred other reasons, I'm sure.

The point being ... bombing anyone into the stone age isn't going to put an end to terrorism. But it'd make a lot of people feel better. :D

CAVOK to ya' ...

Minh
 

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this theory may be out there, but it's good to have an open mind;

in these times we're in, maybe the WTC wouldn't have been a smart place to work. (i.e. the biggest buildings in the biggest city in the usa - hence the most likely target).

likewise, I'm not sure I'd live in washington D.C. today (i.e. prone to nuclear attack)
 

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Snakum . . .

. . . it goes back a lot longer than 1948. The Mus are still pi$$ed about the crusades. How does one deal constructively and based on reason with someone with a 1000 year-old grudge whose stated intent is the absolute destruction of our nation?
And the last time I noticed we were still after Eric Rudolph, too.
 

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Interesting discussion.

With so much of the world involved in some sort of religion or other it makes one think. They obviously believe very strongly in theirs. (referring to the muslims) My question would be what do Americans believe? Why do we believe it? And, how strongly do we believe it? Are we content to just ride along and enjoy ourselves as a passenger or do we believe we have a responsibility to the world and humanity?

I guess this brings us to the whole civil liberties debate.

At the risk of enraging someone, the muslim/christian conflict was foretold in the Bible.

Just a few thoughts.
 

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"The Mus are still pi$$ed about the crusades."

D@mn ... now that's holding a grudge! :D

Granted, 'old school' Islam is still hip to conversion by sword and the massacres (descriptions by people who were there speak of 'rivers of blood pouring from the mosques') in Jerusalem 1000 years ago are possibly used as a rallying cry, but I don't believe the genesis of today's trouble go that far back. But it's possible that it is another of the "hundreds of other reasons" I mentioned.

Also ... that fact that the FBI is still after Eric R. doesn't negate the (to me) obvious conclusion that Christian extemists are no better than the Muslim flavor ... they're all nutters. But would bombing Alabama (or where ever he's from) into the stone age prevent another abortion clinic bombing? Not likely. You'd probably only wind up creating more nutters. Face it ... blowing away a few entire countries would make us feel better but it ain't gonna stop Islamic extremism.

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Very simple, Step One: Kill the Extremist Islamic leadership. Step Two: When the next rank steps up, kill them. Step Three: Repeat Step Two as required. Step Four: Put our media to work supplanting and subverting Extremist Islamic views. After a generation or two, no more problem.
 

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Ok guys...before we go too deep into the religious discussions consider this:

Islam's goal is to destroy every other religion. Period. If you talk to a Mormon they will say that you are seeking the wrong path to God; same with the Catholics, Jesuits, etc. Everyone believes that their path to God is the correct one; otherwise why believe it?However, most religions will try to CONVERT you to the right way.
Islam's way of conversions is killing you. Not to say this method was not used during other periods by other religions (people will say the Crusades, but that was really a war to keep Islam from overunning the world, and both sides used despicable methods), but today the only way to CONVERT infidels to Islam is to kill them.
An Islamic who kills you believes he is doing you a favor: you obviously cannot accept Islam in this life; therefore your only hope of salvation is to be killed and have another chance at accepting the one true God.
Once we accept this fact we can defend ourselves better. We must know that our enemy has no intention or desire to "bring us around" to his way of thinking. In Islam, there is no such thing as a "conscientious objector". You are either a believer or you are dead. The militants will not be happy until all "infidels" are dead.
What this means is there is no such thing as negotiation with these people. The only negotiation should be done with B-52s orbiting overhead - and no conditions to the surrender. This is a hard nosed battle, but most Americans do not realize how fiercely dedicated our opponent is to wiping out our way of life.
Now is the time to stick to our guns - literally. This is the gut-check time for the American people, and I hope that we will prove to be worthy.
 

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Re: Boy...I'm gonna have a FARKING cow.

Snakum said:
maybe we should just outlaw religion

:D

Rev. Thich Minh Thong
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Sounds like a good plan to me.
 

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I don't want to jump into a religious debate, but FYI: the most basic tenet of "mormonism" is that each person should have their own personal relationship with their maker. It was founded on the believe that a 14 year old boy wanted answers to his own prayers, and got them. However, yes...conversion is the goal. The difference is that such conversion is supposed to be entirely between the individual and God...and the only way this can come about is by personal prayer.

This isn't really any different than what many religious schools preach, except that direct revelation is claimed, and direct authority...only one of two religions in the world that make this claim today.
 
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Islam, we are told over and over again by the self-appointed guardians of righteous thinking, is not a religion of violence and aggression but of peace and love. Does not the Koran have at the head of every chapter: 'In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate'? Who could disagree with that? That's the sentiment of all decent people everywhere isn't it?

How can people be so naïve and stupid?

Very easily it seems, almost a mandatory qualification, since it makes it easier to spew out sanctimonious drivel with a straight face. But where are the doubting voices, the posers of awkward questions that might expose this ludicrous charade for the convenient nonsense it is? Certainly not the TV interviewers and ambitious journalists with careers to think about, who in any case know no more about the subject than the people they are interviewing, and are every bit as keen to appear 'tolerant' and 'understanding' for fear of something nasty happening on their own doorsteps.

Here are a few questions that might be put to them or any other apologist for Islam.

(1) If real Islam is all about peace and love, how did it acquire an empire that stretched from Spain to India, by sweet reason?

(2) When is Islam going to apologize for overrunning the Hellenic-Christian civilization of the Middle East, conquering Constantinople in 1453, and laying siege to Vienna in 1529?

(3) If the Koran is all about peace and love, how are such verses as the following to be explained? K.4:74, 'Let those fight in the cause of God who sell the life of this world for the hereafter. To him who fights in the cause of God, whether he is slain or victorious, soon we shall give him a great reward'. K.4:76, 'Those who believe fight in the cause of God, and those who reject faith fight in the cause of evil.' K.5:54, 'O believers, take not Jews and Christians as friends, they are friends of each other. Those of you who make them his friends are one of them. God does not guide an unjust people.' K.9:29, 'Fight those who believe neither in God nor the Last Day, nor what has been forbidden by God and his messenger (Muhammad), nor acknowledge the religion of Truth (Islam), even if they are People of the Book (Jews and Christians), until they pay the tribute and have been humbled.' K.47:4, 'When you meet the unbelievers, smite their necks, then when you have made wide slaughter among them, tie fast the bonds, then set them free, either by grace or ransom, until the war lays down its burdens.'
It is not difficult to see how those who regard the Koran as God's own speech can find in verses such as these the justification for practically any act of 'terrorism' imaginable. When such texts are put to apologists the usual response is to say that they are bad translations and it is quite different in the Arabic, and in any case such verses are balanced or cancelled by other meliorating texts elsewhere in the Koran. Unfortunately, according to the traditional Muslim chronology of revelation, early texts are abrogated by apparently contradictory later texts, and all the above texts are late or 'Medinan', while most of the 'compassionate' texts are early or 'Meccan'. It has been said that the text at K.9:5, 'Slay the idolaters wherever you find them', cancels 124 verses advocating mercy and toleration.

There is no Pope in Islam, no ultimate authority able to say what real Islam is, or what is the right interpretation of texts, there is just and endless spectrum of opinion. Those involved in recent events, wearing red head -bands emblazoned with texts such as those above, have every right to consider themselves real Muslims going about God's work and deserving reward in the hereafter. Indeed, such people probably have more right to consider themselves good Muslims than those Western educated, Western suited, representatives of Muslim institutions expressing sympathy and regret, or any benignly smiling Sufi talking about 'the heart'; the latter are especially nauseating in that they share many of the aims of the militants, such as the restoration of the caliphate, without the courage to do anything about it.
It is important that such things are said loudly and said now, since it is likely that before long both the writer and the publisher of these words could be deemed guilty of the crime of inciting religious hatred. So widespread are such sentiments amongst the liberal intelligentsia that it is surprising that there have not yet been mass conversions. In contrast, outside such circles, it appears that either Islam is true, in which case we all ought to be Muslims, or it is not true, in which case it is pernicious nonsense and it cannot be criminal to say so.

We are constantly told that we are not engaged in a war against Islam, but why not a war against Islam? Why not a war against that billion of the world's population bound in benighted ignorance and superstition? Why not a war against a world-view diametrically opposed to all those democratic values that it is supposed to hold so dear? Why not?

Because Western Civilization is led for the most part by evangelical nincompoops, one with messianic delusions, more than half in love with what in their muddled minds they like to think real Islam is, and what in their dreams they would like the West to be - God-fearing, Bible-reading, Church-going, a land of inanely grinning communitarians whose highest value is that their pathetic little egos strut about the world stage for as long as possible.

We are also told that the events of September 11th were not a clash of civilizations or world-views, but that is exactly what they were. It was not by chance that the twin towers of the World Trade Centre were the first to go. In the minds of many Muslims tall buildings are the ultimate symbol of infidel pride and arrogance and defiance of Allah, especially evident in the end times before the final reckoning. The fact that they were also temples of usury and symbols of the economic power with which Jews and Christians undermine and exploit the Muslim world can only have added to the satisfaction of bringing them down, especially when it was achieved by just ten men wielding pen knives. That there were Muslims in the building at the time is of no consequence, since their fate was already sealed by K.5:54 and K.9:29 quoted above.

The purpose of the attack on Afghanistan we are told is to bring about 'justice', as if there were some cross-cultural consensus on what any such word means.

The only relevant question to be asked about 'justice' is: Whose justice, mine or yours, ours or theirs, man's or God's? Where did that law originate, who invented it, with what purpose in mind? What kind of world did it come from and what kind of world was it intended to bring about?
Certainly not that where Muslim justice held solid for almost 1400 years.

It is not without significance that 'infinite justice', the original name for the attack, had to be changed since it unwittingly usurped one of the Koranic names of God, it was replaced with the favorite shibboleth from the Western lexicon of praise: 'infinite freedom'.

The world needs to wake up and rapidly appreciate that whether we like it or not we are at war with Islam, but this war we did not declare, it was declared for us, upon us by the enemy, just as Japan did so many years ago.

They paid dearly for that mistake.

The world, those countries that harbor such sentiment, provide safe havens for known radicals and terrorist, support them and encourage them should be held accountable.

It’s either them, or us and I will not go quietly into the night.

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Before some one flies into a rage at me for posting this just allow me to say one more thing that might place my position into perspective.

I lost four family members when WTC fell, one a member of the NYPD Emergency Services Unit another a Paramedic for the FDNY and two distant cousins who worked for the Port Authority.

I also knew Victor Saracini, Captain of UAL 175.

Weasel
 

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a wise guy once told me that animals that are predators have their eyes in the front of their head and they focus on a point (lions and tigers, etc).

animals that are prey have their eyes on the side of their heads so they can defenseively keep an eye out 180 degress.

people are like the first group - it's the human condition
 

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An interesting debate that raises many questions. My cup of tea! While what defines a "nutter" is really a personal matter, and an opinion, let me clarify some facts for you as far as beliefs are concerned. I have always found what people believe to be fascinating, and it has a great imapact on our lives as pilots, and the future of America.

The difference between an abortion clinic bomber and a guy who flys an aircraft into a building on behalf of Islam is easy.

The clinic bomber has made a bad choice in an effort to stop the killing of innocents. Good in intention, bad in the methodology. His inividual act is murder, just as the abortion clinic is murderous. Both activities are prohibited by the Bible, so the bomber is clearly not santioned by Christian biblical doctrine. The bomber is on his own there, and is just another criminal. The Bible clearly sets military killing apart, and does not consider military acts to be murder, as God clearly led Israel to victory in many cronicled conflicts. The bomber may see his act as a military action, but he has no doctinal support for that belief. The bomber should be working to close the clinic, and convince others not to partake of the services which it offers. THAT is the biblical way.

On the other hand, Islam is not interested in talking us out of our free society, one where we can choose to either embrace or reject any religion as we so desire. To Islam, trying to convince us that we are the great satan is a waste of time. Islam's only desire is to eliminate the infidel. The only correct response is for us to eliminate those who choose to act on that portion of the Quoran text.

In the case of the bomber, his act is clearly outside the doctrine, and in the case of the hijacker, clearly within the doctrine. We can't always identify the clinic bomber before he acts, making him almost impossible to stop beforehand. He is a renegade who must be brought to justice. The hijacker or suicide bomber must be stopped BEFORE they can act, since we can easily identify those who intend on harming America. They are the Islamic extremists, and we had better be up to the task. Literally, it's either us or them.
 

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...back to what I was saying....

.....less jackjawin'......

.....more azz-kickin'.....

I lost an old shipmate at the Pentagon. Some of the fellas from the delivery section of the TR made sure a selection from the gift shop was delivered in his name.....

http://www.geocities.com/chunk75/pycior.html

America needs to be outraged....needs to let the world know that just because we are home of the free doesn't mean we will be walked on....we have claws and backbone.

Chunk
 
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