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Steve Zara's Avatar Jump to comment 13 by Steve Zara

She makes a valid point. To an extent.

The actions of those fanatics who threaten and kill are inexcusable. They must be condemned in the strongest terms.

But that does not excuse those who decide it is fun to insult others.

Instead, they saw in it a defamatory and humiliating message: Muslims are terrorists. Humiliation is a devastating feeling

Absolutely right. It is.

There need not be a wrong and a right side here. Just because we utterly condemn the fanatics does not mean praising those who insult, unless that insult is for very good reason.

What we should not do, though, is place the blame on the fanatics on those who provoke. People have personal responsibility for their actions.

So overall, she is very wrong. But it is not a simple matter.

Mon, 04 Jan 2010 19:29:00 UTC | #428407