[OPE-L:5970] Re: Re: "moral chasm"

From: Patrick L. Mason (pmason@garnet.acns.fsu.edu)
Date: Tue Sep 18 2001 - 14:41:03 EDT


Yes, killing hundreds of thousands of people to keep down the price of oil 
is mindless violence. I would never argue that the US government is not 
capable of mindless murder, assassinations, etc. Allende in Chile, Lumumba 
in Africa, a whole bunch of other people in the US during Operation 
COINTELPRO, the invasion of Grenada, the bombing of Panama, etc. makes this 

The distinction between terrorism and a legitimate liberation struggle 
comes down to the distinction between self-defense and malicious murder.

Now, you are correct that I do not "understand" the purpose of the WTC 
attack. But, I am not along in this. President Qadafi, who was the subject 
of a US assassination attempt (in clear violation of American law) has also 
condemned attack on the WTC. The goal of the perpetrators was simply to 
excite pure terror among the American population. Well, they accomplished 

peace, plm

At 02:31 PM 9/17/01 -0400, you wrote:
>"Patrick L. Mason" <pmason@garnet.acns.fsu.edu> said, on 09/17/01:
> >For me, there is unbridgeable moral chasm between mindless murder and
> >legitimate self-defense/liberation struggles.
> >peace,
> >patrick l. mason
>I agree.
>May I move the question one step?  When the United States government kills
>750,000 children of Iraq during and since the Gulf War (directly, and
>through diseases and starvation), is this "mindless"?
>I ask because the way you put your statement almost seems that the only
>problem is being able to understand.  So, if the U.S. government is not
>"mindlessly" murdering, it is less morally repulsive.
>If I don't express myself well enough, I'm sorry.  This is not easy times.
>Paul Z.

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