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Post 20

Saturday, January 8, 2005 - 4:05pmSanction this postReply
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Michelle,

But what percent of people in Indonesia and Sri Lanka support "Islamists"?  I imagine the number is relatively small. 




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Saturday, January 8, 2005 - 5:50pmSanction this postReply
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What percentage of Germanís supported the Nazis? If I remember correctly Hitler was elected with only 1/3 the voters. Itís more important to ask who is dominant. In some areas of Indonesia Islamists are dominant. This is especially true of the areas hit by the tsunami.

 

We should be very careful who we help in Islamic lands.

 

Let's remember we helped Egypt get back the Sinai and give them over $2 billion a year. Yet, the government controlled press spews out anti-American hate and anti-Israeli hate on a daily basis. Four of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were Egyptian and 80% of Egyptians said the attacks were justified.

 

We helped protect Saudi Arabia from Saddam. It was Saudi Arabia the created the worldwide Madrassah network and the Islamist movement. Fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers were Saudi. People in Saudi Arabia were overjoyed after 9/11. (I wrote about this here if you've forgotten.)

 

We helped Afghanistan fight the USSR. Afghanistan supported Al Qaeda as they setup a base for training and operations. 

 

I could go on. However, it seems clear that anti-American hate is directly correlated with our help and aid. Do you remember the last attack on America by Moroccans or Bangladeshi?

 

We should be very careful when we help in Islamic lands.

 

 




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Sunday, January 9, 2005 - 4:42amSanction this postReply
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Jason,

You may have a point when it comes to helping governments or certain organizations.  However, I don't think what you say applies to giving food, clothing and shelter to individuals.




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Monday, January 10, 2005 - 6:14amSanction this postReply
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I could not find the original op-ed on the ARI website. Can someone direct me to where it is posted?

Thank you.




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Monday, January 10, 2005 - 2:37pmSanction this postReply
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Do a google search
Ayn Rand Tsumani
And you will notice that Google captured a cached version.



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Monday, January 10, 2005 - 4:32pmSanction this postReply
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What "original op-ed on the ARI website"?  There was no "original op-ed on the ARI website".  (Nudge nudge, wink wink, know what I mean?)



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Monday, January 10, 2005 - 9:26pmSanction this postReply
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The original can still be found on the Capitalism Magazine website: http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=4072



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Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 2:05amSanction this postReply
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Neil: "For example, wouldn't an Objectivist have to consider it immoral to take care of a relative with Alzheimer's disease?"

Clearly not, since Rand took care of her husband, who appears to have had Alzheimer's, for many years. What she would object to is the idea that she was morally required to take the same care of someone for whom she felt nothing.

However, you are correct when you say that there are no statements in her writings indicating that she thought charity or benevolence were good. Her own charitable giving -- to a friend overseas during wartime, to her niece, to the Hollywood Studio Club -- was infinitesimal when her income is considered. .

Jason: "Given the context our government's commitment and involvement in many endeavors, one doesnít single out, first and foremost, worthy actions†for reform."

I agree, and I'm relieved that someone at ARI had the sense finally to realize this.

Clarence: "it was the "this is how it is" attitude that made me attracted to objectivism in the first place."

Me, too. But as Rand would say, context is everything. I believe that religion is a great evil, but I don't barge into churches to announce this.

Barbara



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Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - 6:18amSanction this postReply
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Thank you, RussK. It is helpful to read the original and the clarification together, the way CapMag posted them.



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