Originally Posted by SDW2001
You cannot even be serious. And you're the one accusing me of "bravado?"
Stop...the hypocrisy is killing me.
I am standing firm on this. I've even explained why I won't answer. It's a question put forth to bait me. Then, just as you say, my response will be ripped to shreds. But it won't be because it's not a decent response, it will be because sammi and seg already "know" the answer. You see, they're interrogating just like a counselor in a court room might. Attorneys generally don't ask questions they don't know the answers to. What they are doing is the same thing. It's a dishonest question. They know full well (and so do you) what Iran is doing. They think it's just fine because the Big, Bad and Evil US of A does things they consider to be just as bad. Therefore, Iran can do whatever it wants. That's how they think. Sammi them asked the question to setup a little slam dunk. To use your phrase, "I'm not buying today."
Fair enough - and there is some (small) element of truth in all that BUT I have to take issue with this:They think it's just fine because the Big, Bad and Evil US of A does things they consider to be just as bad.
I can't speak for SJ but in my case this is not correct.
I really, really, really do not believe that Iran is as you (read: US Government) claims it is.
I base this on two factors:
One: my knowledge of the region and people.
Two: your - and America in general's - abysmal lack of knowledge of the region and people.
So it is not quite true to say I know 'full well' what Iran is doing and am justifying it - I flatly deny that Iran is doing what you say it is......I mean refuse
to say...but you know what I mean.....
There is a big difference. And you should at least show people the respect of accepting they believe something regardless of whether you agree with it or not.
I don't see many lefties saying to you "SDW knows Bush is a fascist but he thinks that the left are just as bad so it's ok", You clearly DON'T believe Bush is a fascist And there is a small chance you may even be right.
But the point is you are entitled to that opinion. Not everyone recognizes 'the truth' as you see it. Hopefully I won't have to reach for any fundie metaphors here.....