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"Gentle" Evil

Reader comment on item: The Fatal Stabbing of Angelo Frammartino, Palestinian Apologist

Submitted by Alan N. (United States), Aug 28, 2006 at 16:51

Frammartino wanted "peace." He was "gentle," which means that he did not foment violence himself. By today's altruistic standards, this makes him a candidate for sainthood. But, given his ideas, which gave tacit support to genocidal murderers, and his active advocacy of the legitimacy of the violence against the Israelis and the Western nations, to my mind, he qualifies as an advocate of hatred and violence.

Seeing the Islamist onslaught of violence against the "enemies of Islam," i.e. those who do not believe as they do, and advocating conciliation to their demands and the cessation of military activity against them (translation: defense) is tantamount to a demand that Israel and the West commit mass suicide. This is not a peaceful thought. True peace comes from enlightenment, from reason and the acceptance of the rights of other individuals as inalienable, regardless of belief, ethnicity, or color of the skin.

Rational people trade with each other, debate and discuss ideas with each other, share experiences and laugh with each other. Irrational people, jihadists and fundamentalists of other stripes, demand acceptance of their beliefs as the One True Faith and resort to physical coercion and violence to enforce beliefs on people that they are unable to convince by appeal to reason, by rational argument. A free nation is a peaceful nation. Frammartino, in supporting terrorists, is a participant in violence against others and the opposite of good. Whether through ignorance or evasion, he operated in the service of evil. Let that be his epitaph and maybe the world will learn something.

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