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Reader comment on item: The Middle East's Tribal Affliction
in response to reader comment: boy, too much knowledge is not always good as I can see

Submitted by bos (United Kingdom), Jan 30, 2008 at 04:57

Big, big smiles.

I had always believed 'a little knowledge is a dangerous thing' and we should be selective in how we wave it about, but I suppose your perspective is valid too

your first paragraph is (as you know) entirely disingenuous, and amusingly reminiscent of the the children in my neighbourhood who occasionaly entertain me by walking a set of goal posts past my window. Most ball games could probably be made more interesting with moving goal posts, but not disscussions or debate.

I attended univeristy with a woman who had lived through the 'winter of discontent' yet all she knew about it was that she had occasionally been discontent! It fueled a lot of opinion though. the fact that your house used to be in the region, is similarly irelevant, its a broad region and a single life is a short time in a small egocentric space (that's not an insult).

I believe I have an inkling of your perception of terrorism, and with a christian or nominally athiest imperial domination of the region for the past 200 years then the christians would be most likely to be the 'official' military, as opposed to the insurgent militant/terrrorist. but mainly on that point I just have to say your holding up ossettia as a regional paragon of restraint and co-existence? please!!!!!

finally and most importantly (and please dont read this with an angry tone, it's not how its written) you absolutely MUST read left wing B.S. to inform your opinion, and right wing B.S, even on occasion the fence post up the b@~? B.S. or your opinion is ill informed 'small time' small 'space'. Do you think people like Daniel Pipes became so well informed and astute by ignoring the voices that dissented from their own.

Your post genuinely did start my day with a smile, probably unintended, but thanks anyway. Your previous attempt at patronisation is entirely forgiven. I hope at least one thing brightens your day too, if its in my response, all the better.



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