Saturday, September 04, 2004


Few things make me as sad as the massacre of children and parents at the school in Beslan. It is one thing to die for your convictions - it is something entirely different to make other people die as well. Go ahead and be a martyr if you want - try the hard route of a hunger strike instead of the easy way out of the suicide bomber if your convictions are that strong. Otherwise you're just a murderer.

In a similar vein, on TV the other night I caught parts of The Hamburg Cell (based on the terrorists who crashed United Airlines flight 93) which at times reminded me of the grooming skills of paedophiles - take some innocent and over time convince them to do things they would never consider thinking about normally.

Sometimes it seems it would be better if we simply took people with strong convictions (about anything) outside and had them quietly killed.

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