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Openness and Compassion . . . for Terrorists?



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I almost missed this from the Washington Post’s William M. Arkin yesterday:

We as Americans need to get beyond not just Iraq but also beyond the September 11 retaliation era so that we can look at our adversaries and our potential enemies with a clearer eye, with some openness, and some compassion.

Right, that’s it: We haven’t shown enough compassion and openness. Those jihadists just need a big ol’ bear hug and then everything will be O.K. I get it now; it’s our fault.

Arkin seems to be suffering from some form of Battered Person Syndrome:

Sufferers [..] often believe that the abuse is their fault. Such persons usually refuse to press criminal charges against their abuser, and refuse all offers of help, often becoming aggressive or abusive to others who attempt to offer assistance.

UPDATE: Mark Goldblatt has an article on this today:

If America is ever to triumph in its war against Islamic terrorism, we must get past the idea that we are its root cause. Specifically, we must get past the idea that a suicide bomber is just a peace-loving Muslim who, if we hadn’t set him off, would be growing figs and building sandcastles. Strapping explosives to your torso, marching yourself into a crowded marketplace and blowing yourself up in order to slaughter as many civilians, including women and children, as you can is a profoundly demented act, an act which undoes a dozen or so millennia in the moral evolution of the human species.


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