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Agree with Comments on Paula Zahn show Nov 18th

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Submitted by Warren Smith (United States), Nov 20, 2002 at 18:23

Mr. Pipes,

The challenge of history is that we learn from the events that are recorded. In Vietnam, American forces suffered from the enemy's designed concealment amongst the innocent masses of the local populace. Such is the case today with the Arab-American community. Within this group of acknowledged innocent and law-abiding individuals are presumeably hidden enemies that would do this nation harm. I say presumably because it happened in this manner on 9/11. And in the absence of intervening action by American homeland defense organizations, it would happen again. Ms. Zahn is obviously not a student of unconventional warfare (or perhaps history as well). Such patterns of exploiting the civil liberty sensibilities of the target nation are very well practiced by adversaries that are forced to operate in such countries where civil liberties traditionally abound. I love my civil liberties as an American. But I would rather be monitored by the Government for meeting a certain profile than be bombed by a terrorist. The sacredness of civil liberites falls behind the sacredness of life. Thanks for your outspokenness.

Warren Smith
Monument, CO

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Title Commenter Date Thread
Paula Zahn bias [65 words]EricOct 28, 2004 20:3618025
Racial profiling or not? - who cares! [450 words]FarzadFeb 18, 2003 02:316708
Native Americans should have monitored Europeans [28 words]MichelleFeb 13, 2003 13:076614
In for a penny, in for a pound [67 words]Kim S. Barban.Jan 23, 2003 09:165906
Fatal Conditions [36 words]Jan WolfsburgDec 6, 2002 16:114451
Monitoring Iraqis Living in the United States [358 words]Arlinda M. De AngelisNov 27, 2002 10:414279
Paula Zahn's bias is showing [55 words]Dr William ClaytonNov 24, 2002 16:304189
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Slight of mind [289 words]RjhylandNov 22, 2002 15:594151
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REALLY? [66 words]PattyNov 21, 2002 08:434115
Arab Enclaves? This isn't the Middle East [142 words]BobNov 20, 2002 20:584110
Agree with Comments on Paula Zahn show Nov 18th [179 words]Warren SmithNov 20, 2002 18:234104
Civil liberties-really? [251 words]Barry ShmooklerNov 20, 2002 18:074103
Arab Community Leaders? [132 words]GaryNov 20, 2002 16:554100
Pleased [52 words]Ron WeinerNov 20, 2002 15:554097
Reality trumps feelings [114 words]William ZelkoNov 20, 2002 15:374095
Community Leaders? [Response to Nadir] [136 words]DavidNov 20, 2002 09:484075
The lesson of the day is 'Responsibility' [280 words]RM PaineNov 20, 2002 09:344072

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