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Predicatble response, Ianus

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Submitted by sara (United States), Jul 2, 2012 at 17:07

Hello Ianus, I see you used my comment to further reinforce the points I made,

You say:" Well, if I were to sum up my points , then I'd say a/ I am pro-truth (truth being correspondence between words and reality) b/ I am against simplistic explanations c/ I am for rational doubt d/ In case a general theory is contradicted by a single fact I am for rejecting the theory as false."

I have to say I really do not like the over use of the truth card. It is similar in my mind to saying that only the leftists really want peace, so therefore they are morally above the rightists. The truth is, of course, EVERYONE wants peace and would love to live in peace (I will leave it to you to enumerate the exceptions) . Obviously the differences are in the methods and strategies that we believe are the best way to get to that peace. So what does that get us? You are pro-truth as if you assume that no one else is. Of course we are all pro-truth. What does that have to do with anything?

Same goes for everything else you say above. You state the obvious and if you will pardon me, the simplistic view. Truth and reality are much more complicated and even more challenging is defining strategy to achieve goals in the morass. I am not particularly interested in dissecting the past and the errors and justifying anything. I am much more interested in trying to understand what will work to keep us safe and prosperous in the future.

I am, as you may surmise, a capitalist, with all its flaws, since it is the only system that permits the exercise of free will and potential reward of hard work. It gives hope to many to dream and to work towards their dreams with actual opportunity. I know you can put up a great counter. But, that aside, I am not here to deliberate the benefits and pitfalls of either capitalism or socialism or communism, but of Islamism. And of course I knew you would jump on the 'Islam vs Islamism' issue, but the point I strive for, again, is to eliminate unnecessary and fruitless argument. Therefore I will use the term Islamism to deflect that entire argument and get to the meat of the issue.

Once again, I ask, what then, who then, are your solutions? the Russians? That would have to be my conclusion based on your robust defense of Stalin and perpetual condemnation of the US and other western countries. Perhaps you should use your truth to project the realities of the future more rather than the horrors of the past?

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