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Truth Is (The Only Place Safe From) Terror(ism)

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This is a sick-and-tired-of-it-all anarchist anti-political post.

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Who in the English-speaking Western world, with any decent schooling, is not familiar with these lines from the English poet, John Donne:

No man is an island,
Entire of itself...
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.

It is a strange thing about such profound and lofty ethical pronouncements: Their practical relevance tends to recede toward the horizon as situational reality intensifies.

What if I - asking the forgiveness of the great poet - alter his lines to say:

No man is an island,
Entire of itself...
Any man's corruption vitiates me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the judgment bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.

Donne did not say that the good man's death diminishes me. He said any man's death.

Any man's corruption vitiates me.

Do you see the ideal diminishing toward the horizon?

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The statistical portrait of the average Jihad terrorist, not his or her Holy Boss, but the acting peon terrorist: seems to be (statistical) usually a Sunni Muslim who feels abused and swept aside and unable to freely act out his or her religious devotion. Something keeps them feeling terribly restless and empty and near despair. Holy Boss comes along and tells them how they can be free of this crippling burden : Kill the infidels. Bring down their world. Paradise is around the corner.

How can someone buy into this horrid lie?

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