gnossos wrote:I'm going to be curious to see if the guy caught yesterday gets tried as a terrorist.
ewlewis wrote:I guess I should say that in no way was I trying to indicate that this thread be closed, or any debating thread for that matter. I was actually just trying to point out something I found quite funny.
gnossos wrote:well to be fair you could find a forum whose main topic was political discussion Of course it's more important, and sure, we shouldn't stop our chats or anything so long as they remain civil, but at the end of the day this is a board dedicated to talking about pipe smoking Sometimes you just want to turn on cartoons or whatever and not get stressed out about it for a minute and I think some folks use pipe boards for just that!
Jameson wrote:This is a little off thread-topic but I really like the fact that there is a place here specifically for discussing debateable issues. I for one feel that there is far too much arguement for arguement's sake and not enough intelligent, discussion and debate on important issues. Afterall, how many world altering conversations have taken place over friendly, albeit heated, debate and a pipe full or three of tobacco?
I think it's good for us to discuss issues such as this, but it is all of our responsibility to think about what we say before we say it.
gnossos wrote:Heh, well the Guantanamo discussion is one I won't go into now But no I never would expect him to go there. It just seems clear that assassination attempts are pretty much by definition terrorist acts, I'm just really curious because while we've heard "extremist", "psychotic", " disturbed", "assailant", etc etc etc etc, not one reporter seems to have said "terrorist" and... I mean...
It's just weird to me is all. I suppose it would complicate things for when they want to bring him to court, esp. since he's a citizen whereas presumably no one incarcerated in Guantanamo is.
HappySquareHead wrote: ...if terrorism is breaking the law to affect political change, wouldn't Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohatma Ghandi be terrorists?
HappySquareHead wrote:...but how about a group of citizens who injured others and destroyed property on a ship from England dressed as Native Americans to protest high taxes?
gnossos wrote: I'm just really curious because while we've heard "extremist", "psychotic", " disturbed", "assailant", etc etc etc etc, not one reporter seems to have said "terrorist"
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