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Troll BS: Bush's *Big Stick* Foriegn Policy... (110* d) RE: BS: Bush's *Big Stick* Foriegn Policy... 20 Jul 06

Ebbie, I know the difference between bi-lingual and multi-cultural. I do not believe that Canada comes under the definition of Bi-lingual. To be that, a majority of the citizens would have to speak two languages, in this case, English and French and I don't think that this is the case.

I speak a little French, Spanish, German and Japanese. When I traveled in Russia and Mongolia a few years ago, I learned not only a little Russian and Mongolian but also to read the Cyrillic alphabet.

I know what arrogance looks like too. I have traveled extensively in my life and have never been treated like I was treated in both France and Quebec. I did not demand anything. I asked for a little understanding because of the differences in language.
What I got was something else. I do not say that all French speakers treat non-french speakers the way that I was treated. But I have heard too many people - and not just Americans - talk about the complete distain with which they were treated because they were not fluent in French.
I do not demand to be catered to, at home or abroad, but I do expect that other people treat me with some small amount of respect. I will afford them the same courtesy.

You seem to be quite intolerant of people who don't agree with you and somewhat prone to stereotyping. It does not make me want to try to understand your point of view.

LH, you are right. I am not Jewish.

Call me paranoid, but when a group of people, whatever their reasons, say that their aim is the destruction of the State of Israel and the extermination of the Jews, I get just a little concerned.

So, yes, it's personal. I guess that I'm just not civilized enough to have any fellow feeling for someone who would kill my family if he had the chance, regardless of how justified he might think himself.

If you want to try to negotiate with such people, feel free. But don't put me down because I fear them and their stated policies. I will defend my family if attacked and I will try to neutralize those who threaten my family.

Please remember that it has only been in the last 60 years that the Jews have had any power to retaliate against their attackers. I think that most Jews are well aware of what it's like to be the poor and opressed and they have sworn "Never Again".

As far as radical Islamists taking over North America, remember that the aim of terrorists is to destabilize the government to such an extent that the people lose all confidence in it's ability to protect them. So the people overthrow or elect a government that will be more amenable to accepting the demands of the terorists and , gradually, they take over, either by proxy or by actually getting their people elected to posttions of power.

A pipe dream? Consider Mao. Consider present-day Spain. Sure, we've got the physical power, but if we won't use it, it's useless.

As I see it, that's what the Islamists are counting on; that the US is a paper tiger who will negotiate rather than fight or will try to buy off enemies with promises of aid etc. And then the aid money is used to outfit and train more terrorists.

Read "Danegeld" by Kipling.

We are in a similar situation today, trying to buy off people who use cease-fires to regroup and resupply and who regard negotiation as a sign of weakness.

I know that I'll never convince you that my attitude has any basis in reality and I hope and pray that we never find ourselves in a situation that will prove its validity.

But I'm not betting the farm on it.


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