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HughCaldwell's Avatar Jump to comment 54 by HughCaldwell

Of the islamic "states", the only one which advocates the extermination of all jews in Israel and the destruction of the state of Isreal, that I know of, is Iran.Comment 55 by SomersetJohn

I suppose you are referring to the infamous 'wipe off the map' translation of a quotation from a speech by Ayatollah Khomeini. Since regime change obviously does not necessitate the extermination of those living under that regime nor even any violence at all , this does not amount to a plan to repeat the Holocaust. Since what Ahmedinejad actually proposed was a referendum to decide the Palestinian issue, there is no infererence of violence at all.

Who knows? Maybe Iran, with zero nuclear weapons, is planning a military strike on Israel,with its 200 nuclear weapons. Perhaps the Islamic Republic, which has not committed aggression but has been the victim of aggression, is the villain as compared to Israel, which has frequently attacked its neighbours. The actual situation is that the Israelis are openly discussing an attack on Iran.

I hope you won't mind if I say you are over-susceptible to propaganda put out to get the world ready for an Israeli strike against Iran.

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 01:03:07 UTC | #586519

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HughCaldwell's Avatar Jump to comment 52 by HughCaldwell

Let's get to Rod Liddle on the abomination of village 'justice' in Bangladesh, as an example of his way with logic.

the inspiration for the lashing of that abused child was drawn from the ideology, even if it was an inspiration based on a misapprehension.

Now, alas for the argument, it's not 'drawn from the ideology' if it was a misunderstanding. That would be like saying Hitler was a follower of Darwin, even though social Darwinism is a 'misapprehension'.

While a good soak in jounalistic bile may be the pleasurable option for some, it might be more in accordance with the principles of secular humanism to consider the economic development of Bangladesh as a priority.

The GDP per capita (PPP) of Bangladesh is $1,700 (UK $35,100). Since there are about 500,000 people of Bangladeshi origin in the UK, we can look at the benefits that living in an economically developed country can bring. Rod Liddle might have done that instead of skittering hither and thither in search of rhetorical flourishes for an argument that leads to a nonsensical conclusion.

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 00:22:28 UTC | #586511

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your intention of derailing the topic from any sensible consideration of what Rod Liddle actually has to say, simply makes you look like an ignoramus.Comment 40 by Stevehill

I focussed on something that Rod Liddle did say, which is so careless that it makes arguing the rest somewhat superfluous. Your notion of 'ignorance' seems to be a preference for the facts, rather than an unsupportable assertion which appeals to your prejudices

Some Islamic states merely loathe Jews, rather than loathing them and demanding their liquidation.

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:16:20 UTC | #586449

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Do you honestly think that that many people would become suicide bombers if there wasn't something about Islam that inspired martyrdom? Comment 35 by Luigi Vampa

I'm reasonably convinced that a vision of tinkling fountains and shimmering dancing girls inspires Muslim suicide bombers. The non-Muslim suicide bombers are inspired by some other fantasy, I suppose. It would be unrealistic, though, to expect them to scream a political manifesto as they explode. It's very perceptive of you to have noted that not all those who follow Islam become suicide bombers. Would you have a guess at the percentage since the 7th century?

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 20:54:02 UTC | #586441

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Try behaving like a decent human being and stop making strawman fallacies. Comment 36 by Steven Mading

It's quite senseless to say that a Muslim suicide bomber and Islam are separate when you are saying they are connected.

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 20:38:18 UTC | #586434

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