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Submitted by L Young (United Kingdom), Jul 18, 2006 at 12:11

Mr Pipes, you are a busy man, so although I don't expect a response, I would like one.

Basically, I want to know what you think life is for? A philosophy, if you like, which guides you to your notions of right and wrong, good actions and bad actions. Not sophisticated stuff, but all of us have assumptions along those lines, whether we've thought about them, or just received them. Ideas which inform our view of life, and humanity.

On reading your article, I was taken aback to realise that the only value you seem to endorse is the ability militarily to defeat your enemy.

I have assumed that an awful lot of thought and knowledge based on experience, has brought humanity to its current level of civilisation.

Unbridled military strength sounds like very primitive man, plus technology. Which is not much to be proud of, in my books.

Is there something I've missed?


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Daniel Pipes replies:

"the only value you seem to endorse is the ability militarily to defeat your enemy."

Hardly, but I do write a good deal about issues of war and peace - and, to my frustration, modern Westerners seem to have lost sight of the need to defeat the enemy, so I do return to that theme often.

Rest assured that I have many other values beside that one.

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