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Is 'dialog' possible?

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Submitted by M. Arbing (Canada), Aug 2, 2005 at 15:56

One of my friends, in a moment of simplicity, wondered out loud 'Why we don't just talk to the people {specifically the recent London bombers] and find out that they want?" I was reminded of a scene in the old James Bond movie 'Goldfinger'.

Bond is captured and strapped to a table as a laser beams inches towards his groin threatening to split him in two. In desperation, Bond asks Goldfinger," Do you expect me to talk?" To which Golfinger replies, "No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to DIE!"

This is a similar situation that we find ourselves with Islamists. The liberal media thinks that all that is required is a sounding out of the issues and then reaching a reasonable compromise where everyone will be satisfied. Unfortunately, the reality is that there is no compromise or reasoned debate with people whose response to any offer of compromise is "I don't expect you to talk... I expect you to DIE!"

What sort of compromise could be reached with people bend on destroying your way of life and as many of you as they can. "We'll let you kill HALF of us...and then we will have peace, OK?"

I expect that the response would be the same as the apeasers got when they tried to buy Hitler with Czechoslovakia back in WWII. Hitler looked Chamberlain in the eye and said, "It is not enough!"

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