Re .. [Homestead] Moderate Muslims exist, likely to disappear in

Eric Hall erichall at
Wed Sep 8 12:38:11 EDT 2004

For the past few weeks I've been watching this forum with some kind of ... well ... laughter, I suppose, at the quaint postings from the American press, who obviously have some kind of "hang-up" with Moslems. 

I suppose that since Americans can no longer persecute and racialise blacks, and Jews were always a no-no, then there has to be someone to hate. Why not Moslems? After all, they are easy to distinguish - they have brown skins and wear towels on their head. The average "double-wider" of Tennessee and Mississippi can quickly pick them out without the aid of a drawing. And of course, if you don't have an enemy you need to make one so there's a need for arms and ammunition, and weapons, and Army contracts. Does the "Tuscon Ring" mean anything to you?

But I suspect that the American newspapers are in for a shock, and the average American public even more so.

While the seige in Beslan was going on, the Americans were killing three innocent children in a rocket attack on a civilian house in Iraq. How many column inches did that get in the American press?

Since the struggle for Chetchen independence over the last ten years, between 17,000 and 24,000 children (depending on where you draw the definition of a child) have been killed by the Russians. How many column inches did that get in the American newspapers?

You talk about the Chechens fighting the Russians in the last war and so many thousands deported. Yet Finland not only fought against the Russians in the last war, they were actually allies of the Germans as they too fought for independence. "Deport them!" I hear you cry. "Er .... hang on a minute - the Finns are white, and Christians too. Hold your foot up there a minute, son ... ". 

But I wonder if you've ever given any thought as to the fact that maybe it's BECAUSE of the treament meted out to the Chechens in the last war that has made them fight so desperately for their freedom? Whan your back's to the wall and you've nowhere else to go, you'll be amazed at how much power you can find withiin yourself to resist.

You Americans are in no position to criticise the Chechens for targeting children when you are targeting them yourselves.

But the biggest shock to the American system will come when the Americans realise that they are alone in this crusade (yes, even the bushbaby knows what a crusade is) against the Moslems. And the Americans are only 5% of the world's population. The rest of the world hates the Americans just as much as the Moslems do, and if it ever really does come to "you're either with us or against us", then you can count on people like me and the countless other Canadians, Europeans, Asiastics, and South Americans to be in the trenches with the Moslems to resist the Fascist invader. And we outnumber you by 19 to 1, remember.

Now, if you want to talk about homesteading on a "homesteading" list, then we're with you all the way and we can all have some happy clappy conversation and discussion about rearing poultry and the best way to sharpen our implements. No problems there at all.

But if you want to use a "homesteading" list (with its contributors from all over the world) as a personal platform to expound pro-American fascism and racism, then you should know better. And you shouldn't be at all surprised if you get subjected to some fierce criticism.


"Naturally, the common people don't want war; But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship, But, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." 

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