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Thread #159350   Message #3777505
Posted By: Steve Shaw
08-Mar-16 - 08:12 PM
Thread Name: BS: Qu: Regarding Religion
Subject: RE: BS: Qu: Regarding Religion
Rationalisation for starting a war (which will always without exception involve killing innocent civilians, a blatant violation of the fifth commandment) is commonly effected by demonising your enemy, illustrated so well by Orwell in "1984." We have the Axis of Evil, the Great Satan, the Hun, the Evil Empire; we blame groups for outrages without evidence (think of how many groups got it in the neck for 9/11 or for the Lockerbie bombing), we associate our enemy of the moment with negatives such as WMDs (doesn't refer to Russia, Saudi, Israel, Britain or the US, does it?), we coin phrases intended to form indelible negative associations such as "Islamic terror", etc. Everyone agrees that public beheadings are brutal, inhumane and obscene. The handful committed by Islamic State are banner headlines around the world. The hundreds committed every year by Saudi Arabia hardly get a look-in. But then we need their oil and their custom in our weapons industries...