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 on: Today at 07:48 AM 
Started by eira_arian - Last post by althusser
^ Isn't one of the reasons why they hate Western culture/values is because they fear it will eventually undermine their own belief system?

Certainly true that almost all kinds of religious fundamentalism are rooted in a sense of faith being threatened by secular forces. In certain cases, including parts of the middle east, this was originally sometimes a justified fear in that some more secular regimes really did repress forms of Islam.

However, what tends to occur is something more - people seek to 'recover' fundamentals of the religion and resolutely defend them. But its usually looking back to a past that never really existed. For one thing, adherents start teading holy texts in a more literal sense that they were previously. For example protestant fundamentalists treat the bible as embodying 'truth' in a way that seeks to compete with or surpass scientific truths. But this is of course ridiculous, and not really how the bible was read previously.

 on: Today at 07:39 AM 
Started by amongsttheleaves - Last post by matchpoint
The Telegraph picks up the negative vibes on Andy's practice court
- unfortunately the locker room will be lapping up all the details of how vulnerable he seems right now.

I wonder if maybe him seeing Agassi around and supporting Djokovic, has upset his equilibirium, and is causing him intense irritation and dissatisfaction with himself, his game and his own coaches. This, alongside all other issues, injury and illnesses. Just my view.

 on: Today at 07:37 AM 
Started by eira_arian - Last post by neverhurryamurray
The coverage of these atrocities is inappropriate. Sky news interviewed a thirteen year old survivor who was crying and  obviously deeply traumatised. Compare the dignified and restrained reporting of  Dunblane. We don't have to film grief up close to understand it . Terrible losses like these are private and should remain so. We feel shocked ad sorry for those affected but talk of collective grief is to cheapen real grief which goes on long after the cameras are packed away.

 on: Today at 07:05 AM 
Started by Mark - Last post by blueberryhill
Completely forgot about the site to be honest! How are you?

I'm good ta! Hope you are having lots of fun!
Enjoying Doc Who too. Really like Bill.

 on: Today at 06:59 AM 
Started by eira_arian - Last post by blueberryhill
^ Isn't one of the reasons why they hate Western culture/values is because they fear it will eventually undermine their own belief system? People's views aren't set in stone for ever. Look at the poor sods who manage to escape from North Korea in spite of the awful brain washing they've endured from birth.

 on: Today at 06:54 AM 
Started by eira_arian - Last post by boogers
It's hard to say. Iraq was clearly a mistake (or more specifically dismembering the Baathist state was a mistake), but the intervention in Libya started when Gaddaffi started slaughtering civilians. Corbyn is on record as having objected to every single military intervention, even ones widely agreed to have been highly successful such as in East Timor and Bosnia.

I believe that this is a particular kind of cowardice. I don't want pacifist leaders; I want leaders who will try to do the right thing.

Anyway - whatever the complex underlying causes of the spread of Daesh, it's clear that there's no prospect of a negotiated solution.

The fact is, even if you were to stop bombing us, imprisoning us, torturing us, vilifying us, and usurping our lands, we would continue to hate you because our primary reason for hating you will not cease to exist until you embrace Islam.

 on: Today at 06:36 AM 
Started by Mark - Last post by moonglow
was under way,

 on: Today at 06:33 AM 
Started by davidB - Last post by moonglow
It's great that you'll be able to follow the life of Charlie and it'll be interesting for you to see how he grows up.  But you'll have the other puppies for quite a while yet and it wouldn't really be possible for you to keep them all! lol

 on: Today at 06:32 AM 
Started by eira_arian - Last post by blueberryhill
Notwithstanding all of that Corbyn is surely correct to say that the chaos  generated by the interventions in Iraq Afghanistan Libya and Syria has caused Islamic fundamentalism to grow exponentially.
I agree with you and so does Boris. Thanks to althusser for that. Whatever you feel about them, Gadafy and Hussein kept an iron control on crazy fundamentalists.

 on: Today at 06:26 AM 
Started by althusser - Last post by blueberryhill
This is funny. Fallon attacks Corbyn's excuses for terror...until he's told they are actually Boris Johnson's words! Smile
That was so good al! What a horrible pompous idiot he is. Someone needs to put Thornberry's eye rolling next to that smug face too. Perfect.

It's all getting very interesting. Initially the Tories were rubbing their hands with glee, thinking Jezza was their biggest election asset. Now it rather looks as if Theresa may be an even bigger asset for the Labour Party.
Karma is such a b***h.

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