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Submitted by Theodore Moran (United States), Feb 22, 2006 at 09:16

As someone who stood at the foot of the South Tower when the second plane crashed into the building, Daniel and I have written each other in my quest to understand what I had just written. I admit the rage I felt, but it was Daniel who wrote me often during those days not to inflame my rage but to reassure me not to judge even one innocent person for the sake of a thousand.

When I hear these stories about Daniel I am reminded about how he told me to combat fascism in society. Not with a louder voice, or with vulgar comments, but with the truth and patient understanding. To say Daniel is in the most remote manner responsible for these cartoons, is to say Dracula is behind the funding of the blood banks.

I like to think of Daniel as a surgen with a radical treatment for cancer. He attacks not the cancer cells but the anomoly of the host that nurtures these malignant cells. Most other "surgons" would apply the all or nothing treatment. Those who want to treat the whole body with dangerous treatments say it is better to kill off healthy cells to get to the bad, and there are those who say close your eyes and it will go away.

Daniel has had every opportunity to turn these debates into a hate-fest, with scores of people hanging on his words. He has never interfered with a persons free thought, nor promoted a zionist adgenda. Daniel while being Jewish espouses the very best ideals of the carpenter of Nazareth, "hate the sin, love the sinner."

If I had to label him, I would call him a compassionate, understanding realist. This is the real Daniel Pipes.
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