"The consciousness of good intentions disdains ambiguity. I shall not, however, multiply professions on this head. My motives must remain in the depository of my own breast. My arguments will be open to all, and may be judged of by all. They shall at least be offered in a spirit which will not disgrace the cause of truth."
-'Publius' The Federalist No. 1
"The killers are killers because they want to kill, not because the coalition invaded Iraq, or Afghanistan, or because there are bases in Saudi Arabia, or because Israel will not retreat to the 1967 borders....[u]until and unless the left gets this point, and abandons the idea that 'breeding' of terrorists is something the West triggers, they cannot be trusted with the conduct of the war."
(I find this quite fitting in the context of a re-occurring discussion that survives in one of my threads.) 9/11 did not occur in a vacuum, and these individuals cannot be sat down with in some multi-lateral talk to seek some peaceful co-existence. These fascists must be eradicated for they wish us to cessate our existence entirely, not to simply just leave them be. We did not create them. Nothing we did causes their existence to perpetuate. Why is that we must blame ourselves for evil when it the United States that has been on the correct side of history time and time again? We are not infallible, but we seek what is good and just in the world. If America were given one ounce of a benefit of doubt that is given to these terrorists, or if other countries reached out to us and 'understood' us like they do with these terrorists, there would be no question. Why is the burden of proof's threshold set so unrealistically high for us?