What a great quote that kinda puts some sense into complete senselessness for me. I feel like reading it all again and again, word for word because everytime I read this quote it enables me to understand that which is not understandable better. GG Larry
Unfortunately I believe that what David Kelly missed here is that our nation likes to play good terrorist/bad terrorist (witness John McCain's meeting in Syria yesterday). We take sides (as we see fit for the moment, subject to change) in their internal struggle, and in so doing we enrage, promote, and encourage their madness, and we ultimately channel it towards ourselves. One example is our playing Saudi Arabia and Turkey as the good guys, and pretty much the rest as bad guys. When it was convenient to our (ahem) "interests" Iraq was the good guy to Iran's bad guy, and Afghanistan was the good guy to Soviet Russia's bad guy. We are not consistent in (or even interested in) the oppression of terrorism strictly as the opposer of civilized values and virtues, but rather we are in it merely for gain (Halliburton and its ilk) and to keep oil flowing our way, and to sustain artificial national borders imposed upon the Arabs by the west. We are not approaching (solving) the problem the way David Kelly envisioned that it must be approached (as civilized people who value life and its virtues opposing uncivilized people who value death itself as a virtue). From this perspective the stance taken by Libertarians like Ron Paul can clearly be seen to also have merit in that by taking sides and playing one terrorist group or one terrorist nation against another for profit and gain and oil and national interests (as opposed to the interests of civilized humanity qua civilized humanity) we have lost the moral high ground and become no better than the bad guys (this being true because evil is evil at any level, and ultimately there is no virtue in our proclamation that our evil intent is less evil than their evil intent, with our evil becoming thereby somehow good).