POSTED RESPONSES TO A COLUMN IN THE TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL
What motivates a suicide bomber?
Don't ask Gerald Owen or you'll be in for a long blather and no enlightenment.
'...with a peculiarly horrific new twist in the lamentable annals of terrorism.'
Apart from offering this disgusting glob of mixed metaphors, Mr Owen knows absolutely nothing of what happened in this event. He cannot.
This kind of writing is simply propaganda, and rather poor propaganda.
It reminds me of some of ridiculous statements made by people like Thomas Friedman or the Globe's own Margaret Wente about this part of the world.
When we are talking of terror and its horrors, we should never make the fundamental mistake Gerald Owen and other propagandists do: that is, to leave out state terror.
No terror exceeds what the U.S. has done in Iraq. Al Jazeera pictures several years ago showed us dozens of smashed and cut-up children, their lives destroyed by U.S. cluster bombs. And then there were the ones burnt by white phosphorus which the U.S. used as a weapon in places like Fallujah, a once-thriving place it made into a ghost town.
And no one should forget the three million the U.S. destroyed in Vietnam, killing them in the most horrible ways, including napalm. Mostly civilians, a true holocaust.
And for what? Because they picked the wrong economic system.
And then there's Israel's horrors in Lebanon. And its concentration-camp treatment of Gaza.
And the list goes on.