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I may not sympathize, but I do agree with the 'terrorists'

Bill O' Reilly was right all along.
What can I say, I agree with some of the things that terrorists and evil dictators say about America. Here's my wrists outstretched; put the cuffs on me. President Ahmadi-Najad's letter to George Bush asked some good, legitimate questions. No doubt, he's not the greatest guy in the world. He is a state sponsor of terror. But you've got to go with what's handed to you. And while this isn't one of the ten-ton Bush rants I've read, it's not the worst -- but what's relevant is who is saying it:
Can one be a follower of Jesus Christ (PBUH), the great Messenger of God,
[and] Feel obliged to respect human rights,
Present liberalism as a civilization model,
Announce one's opposition to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and WMDs,
Make "War and Terror" his slogan,
And finally, Work towards the establishment of a unified international community -- a community which Christ and the virtuous of the Earth will one day govern, But at the same time, Have countries attacked; The lives, reputations and possessions of people destroyed and on the slight chance of the ... of a ... criminals in a village city, or convoy for example the entire village, city or convey set ablaze.
Or because of the possibility of the existence of WMDs in one country, it is occupied, around one hundred thousand people killed, its water sources, agriculture and industry destroyed, close to 180,000 foreign troops put on the ground, sanctity of private homes of citizens broken, and the country pushed back perhaps fifty years. At what price? Hundreds of billions of dollars spent from the treasury of one country and certain other countries and tens of thousands of young men and women - as occupation troops - put in harms way, taken away from family and love ones, their hands stained with the blood of others, subjected to so much psychological pressure that everyday some commit suicide ant those returning home suffer depression, become sickly and grapple with all sorts of aliments; while some are killed and their bodies handed of their families.
Kind of strangely written, but so what. There's a lot more in there. Some of it is bizarre stuff, but hey, why criticize the enemy of your enemy? See where you agree and go from there.
Jan Frel is an AlterNet staff writer.
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