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Submitted by Devasahayam (United States), May 19, 2008 at 04:59

Your "subject" is a rather strange comment from one who actually is not open minded.

"You need to have judgement on when to open and when to close your mind; a dustbin is the most open-minded object known, accepting everything put in--but you really don't want anything from it"--Rev. T.J. Henning, C&MA, Birmingham, AL

Even if I used this comparison, what passes for your mind was never as accepting as a dustbin--but it does have one thing in common with a NEGLECTED dumpster, that of being overfull of trash and reeking thereof.

Your size comparison also applied to the old kingdom of Pontus (specifically under Mithridates VI who ruled 120-63 BC) compared to the Roman Republic, precursor to Roman Empire in place from Battle of Zama (202 BC) to Battle of Philippi (43 BC).

Mithridates was a powerfully-built arrogant man who believed that it was his RIGHT to rule over the entire Mediterranean--which led inevitably to enmity with Rome. He thrice fought wars against Rome (the first when Rome was involved in a "civil war" with the Marsi and Samnites--he actually made overtures to both these tribes that he would accept them against Rome, and was rebuffed); the first two ended with Mithridates being defeated but retaining ante-bellum territories. In the third, Roman dictator Sulla sent his flamen dialis (an odd ceremonial position, out of glister here) Gaius Julius Caesar as comander against Mithridates (because he actually wanted Caesar out of Rome at the time, due to Caesar's marriage to the daughter of a factional rival); this time, Mithridates was irrecoverably defeated and recognised this (committing suicide) and Pontus disappeared from history's pages.

Like Roman Republic, India has many political factions and also faces rebellions--but the Roman Republic was NOT democratic; also, like Pontus (especially under Mithridates), Pakistan is a tyranny.

Anyone who assumes that the rule of Hitler's subordinate Reinhard Heydrich (Zia can best be described as a stubby version of that atrocious SS commander) was favoured by God is sadly mistaken. Like you (who deify your nation, as your posts show), Nazis actually worshipped Old Nick.

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