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Submitted by anonymous (United States), May 14, 2002 at 23:43

Apparently, all the bombs we dropped in Afghanistan in our "war on terrorism" were dropped on the wrong country. We should probably have dropped them on Saudi Arabia. The Saudis continue to fund, support, and supply the radical ideology in their muslim "schools" (Midrassas) all over the world. These schools take in impoverished young men who have no hope or prospects, and teach them ONE thing and one thing only--a radical form of Islam that includes hatred of the west. They have created the "crazies" who are the cannon fodder of the radical Islamic militants--willing suicides who threaten us, and world stability, generally. They also continue to supply money to all kinds of radical and dangerous "charities".

Maybe it is time for a new covenant, for a United Civilized Nations. Members would have to swear allegiance to certain basic principles and MINIMAL STANDARDS of civilized conduct, such as:
1) you can't go around killing people just because you feel like it (or you feel insulted).
2) you can't take up arms and murder civilians whenever you feel like it, or because you think your religion commands it.
3) you agree to take your grievances, real or imagined, to any of the various places willing to hear your story (CNN, courts, lawyers,
Humanitarian groups, European leftists, scandal sheets, bored parlimentarians from other countries who want to dip their toes into
foreign affairs, etc...
4) You agree to pursue the regress of your grievances thru peaceful means before trying to acquire nuclear weapons, etc...

I think we could get at least a few nations to join in such a covenant; most of Western Europe, Canada, Austrailia, New Zealand, South Africa, most modern democracies. SOMEONE needs to speak out for basic decency. More importantly, when basic human decency is being violated by terrorists, someone with just a little moral authority needs to call them to task for it!
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