Michel - redeem yourself!
Submitted by Noah Wilk (United States), Jan 31, 2007 at 07:13
Michel, you have a chance to redeem yourself. Let's look at what you've written...
"Very carefully tried to reason for "moderation", as so many of their approaches have terrible consequences, some of which I have indeed seen first -hand. That was a mistake and definitely not appreciated. I underestimated the level of intolerance. I was not even granted the basic respect any human being should be entitled to."
Michel, you were indeed given a tremendous amount of respect, especially from me. However, one loses respect for a person whose story changes with the wind, a person whose arguments are wishy-washy, and a person who cannot back his claims nor present a realistic and detailed to alternative.
I have repeatedly outlined for you, in post after post, why my solution actually benefits the whole world by minimizing the chances of a global thermonuclear war, and have backed that up with logical arguments and facts of reality. I have repeatedly challenged you to address that issue, and you have repeatedly ignored it.
You have also repeatedly ignored my responses asking you to present a detailed and realistic plan to resolve the Islam crisis in the manner you seem to favor...slow negotiation and endless debate.
So why should any of us respect you? All you've done is gone off on temper tantrums and insulted the rest of us by dishonestly comparing our methods to those of Nazi Germany and claiming that Hitler woud be proud of us. You have not backed your claims, nor have you risen to the challenges presented to you.
Now is a chance to redeem yourself. If you're not a closet Muslim or a Muslim apologist, then step up to the plate and clear your name. Show us a detailed and realistic plan for dealing with Islam that does not include deportation and the threat of massive retaliation in the case of an attack. If you're not willing to do that, they you never should have stuck your nose into it.
"The only way out, in order to maintain your own sanity, is to control, what you can control - your own individual attitude, way of thinking, reaction to what you encounter. In other words, I can not control their bitterness, lack of respect, anger or hatred, but only my reaction to it.."
Really? Is that why you've been unable to refrain from attacking Susan, from making inaccurate and insulting comments comparing many of us to Hitler, and from referring to use as cavemen, fanatics, and losers? I thought you prided yourself on being above all that?
"I had enough confrontation in my life, which is why I decided not to engage any further here. An intelligent debate is fun and refreshing, but under the belt attacks become boring after a while."
I will remind you that attacks did not come your way until after you started ignoring all requests to back up your claims, refused to present a detailed and realistic plan of your own (despite many calls to do so) and only after you started slinging insults by calling others fanatics, people Hitler would be proud of, etc. You get back what you put out.
Instead of running off like an overly emotional drama queen, why not redeem yourself and address the logical and politely written challenges that have been presented to you. The rest of us have stood up to challenges, even the Muslims who can't respond with a sane argument if one was tattooed to their foreheads. You seem to be the only one who's afraid to rise to the challenge. That's called "cowardice".
It's up to you. If you truly care about the situation as you claim you do, you would rise to the challenge instead of running off like a child who's been spanked.
I'm not a fanatic. If you can indeed conceive of a sane, logical, realistic, detailed plan to resolve the problem of Islam using peaceful, non-forceful methods, I would be willing to change my mind about my solution being the only right one. But again, you'd need to be able to present me with a detailed plan that can in reality work, that has logic, historical precedence, and reality backing it. Or is this another challenge your'e going to run from?
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