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Monday, March 13, 2006

The Tom Fox Lesson



If the tragic death of Tom Fox teaches anything it is the fact that you can't argue, negotiate, nor rationalize with terrorists. And no matter what you do, you cannot appease. Appeasement is not an option in the war against terror. Here was a man who protested against the West Bank fence, supported Palestine, risked his life to help Iraqis in Iraq and he ended up being killed in such a terrible way.

There is something else on my mind that I just feel like sharing. I am in no way equating the entire Arab/Muslim world with the terrorists who killed Tom Fox. In fact, the Arab/Muslim world joined the rest of the world in grieving over Mr. Fox, someone who did whatever he thought was the right thing to do. However, I can't help but think about how similar this murder is to the Danish cartoons affair.

Here is Mr. Fox, a peace activist who traveled to Iraq and ended up being killed by those who claim they are fighting for the "liberation of Iraq". And here is Denmark a country that is (or was) supportive of Arab causes and gave its Muslim citizens rights Christians in Egypt and Kurds in Syria would have wet dreams about, yet the Arab/Muslim world didn't fail in creating a huge illusional enemy out of this Scandinavian, liberal, open, tolerant, peaceful, etc, etc nation.

What's wrong with us? Can't we keep friends?

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