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Sat Sep 15, 2012, 02:30 AM

 

Do you know who kills over symbolic offenses?

Gangs. Criminal gangs.

If you wear the wrong color shirt on the wrong street. If you insult the honor of a gang member.

These kinds of gangs are not unique to the Middle East. You can find the same kinds of gangs in LA, NY and a lot of places in between.

It's not as if we don't have people in the US who kill over symbolic insults.

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Reply Do you know who kills over symbolic offenses? (Original post)
jberryhill Sep 2012 OP
physioex Sep 2012 #1
left on green only Sep 2012 #2
ProgressiveProfessor Sep 2012 #13
Luminous Animal Sep 2012 #3
Hugabear Sep 2012 #4
Scootaloo Sep 2012 #10
backscatter712 Sep 2012 #5
cali Sep 2012 #6
GaYellowDawg Sep 2012 #28
MADem Sep 2012 #7
M_M Sep 2012 #12
4th law of robotics Sep 2012 #38
dtom67 Sep 2012 #8
JDPriestly Sep 2012 #9
left on green only Sep 2012 #20
JDPriestly Sep 2012 #21
left on green only Sep 2012 #23
lobodons Sep 2012 #11
MrScorpio Sep 2012 #14
socialindependocrat Sep 2012 #15
jsr Sep 2012 #16
braddy Sep 2012 #17
trouble.smith Sep 2012 #18
BlueinOhio Sep 2012 #19
joshcryer Sep 2012 #22
BOG PERSON Sep 2012 #29
meow2u3 Sep 2012 #24
BOG PERSON Sep 2012 #25
Vincardog Sep 2012 #30
patrice Sep 2012 #26
BOG PERSON Sep 2012 #31
Warren DeMontague Sep 2012 #27
riderinthestorm Sep 2012 #34
ladjf Sep 2012 #32
L0oniX Sep 2012 #33
Nye Bevan Sep 2012 #35
former-republican Sep 2012 #36
4th law of robotics Sep 2012 #37

Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 02:40 AM

1. Well said...EOM

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 02:43 AM

2. Imagine an entire country filled with Crips

That's OK, a long time ago I used to dream about being a Jet and winding up with Natalie Wood. Godamn Robert Wagner. Now it will never happen.

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Response to left on green only (Reply #2)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 08:12 AM

13. Oh, you mean Beiruit

A bit more complex than that but the muslims factions which have been at each others throats there for quite some time.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 02:51 AM

3. And the U.S. government.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 03:16 AM

4. +1000

Well put.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #3)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 04:52 AM

10. But that's okay, see?

 

Because the US government isn't Muslim. It's only murder and mayhem when "those people" do it, you know.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 03:19 AM

5. Killing over pieces of colored cloth, or fictional characters - humanity's chosen insanity! n/t

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 03:22 AM

6. Oh, please. You're comparing people who we've fucked up for decades with

 

the Crips? Really?

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Response to cali (Reply #6)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 04:35 PM

28. The neighborhoods the Crips come from haven't been fucked up for decades? Really?

I'm pretty sure most of the people in those neighborhoods would disagree with the idea that they hadn't been fucked over by our society.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 03:32 AM

7. An American blew up a building in Oklahoma and killed a bunch of people, including kids, over

perceived "affronts."

He wasn't a gang member, though he had a few like-minded associates. He did kill a lot of people who had nothing to do with his particular, warped gripes.

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Response to MADem (Reply #7)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 05:25 AM

12. And he was a White Guy

 

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Response to MADem (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 09:59 PM

38. Really we should ask: what did we do to offend him

 

what rights could we dispose of so people like him would love us again?

Clearly it couldn't be his fault. We provoked him in some way and if we have to forfeit some rights so that won't happen again so-be-it.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 04:03 AM

8. wait for more info instead of making assumptions...

Seems to me like all the eye-witness accounts point to this being a planned terrorist strike, not just a mob gone wild. What I have heard is that several truck loads of men showed up at the consulate flying black flags and sporting automatic rifles and grenade launchers( or maybe RPG 's ). That's not how I would equip myself for a protest.
The distinction is important because if it is characterized as mob violence, that makes it easier for chicken hawks to lay the blame on the Libyan people . If this was a planned terrorist attack, it is clear that our target should be the individuals responsible, as well as the organization(s) that were involved.

anybody hear anything different about what happened?

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Response to dtom67 (Reply #8)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 04:18 AM

9. Right. There is a video that looks like a planned attack with trucks and

well-armed people. There are also people climbing in and starting fires, but the whole thing looks coordinated. Time will tell. More facts will emerge.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #9)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 07:09 PM

20. It might also appear as if both ideas of what is behind the violence are correct.

I have been following the coverage of these events as provided by Rachel Maddow, and it is her contention (if I am following her correctly) that there are actually two different forces, or groups of people at work; at least there are in the events occurring in Libya.

She has pointed out in various video footage that one group is of the common, unorganized masses, who appear to possess less than inspiring intelligence, and who are angry at the USA in general. They are just looking for a reason to beat buildings with sticks and burn cars. Distant news of an offensive movie trailer has given them pause to do so.

The other group is comprised of actual terrorists who have an affiliation with "Al Cyda" (you all remember Al, right?) and whose intent it is is to wage G-String against the USA. They are the ones with the hand held rocket launchers, and the plastic bombs, and the flame throwers who are intentionally trying to level entire buildings and kill people.

Beyond the limits of Libya, it is also her contention that the violence towards U.S. facilities that is simultaneously occurring in other 14 countries (and counting), is solely the work of the common masses, who are not organized. Their motivation is similar to their counterpart in Libya.

Like you say, "Time will tell."

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Response to left on green only (Reply #20)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 04:46 AM

21. Rachel Maddow's theory is plausible.

But the killers were heavily armed and organized. The mass of angry people probably would not have killed Stevens by themselves even if they had made their way into part of the compound.

I recall that the first reports said that Stevens had died of smoke inhalation. Has that been confirmed?

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #21)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 02:29 PM

23. Good question?

I haven't heard a word since those first reports that said Stevens died of smoke inhalation. The report that I heard also intimated that the three others who also died, did so while trying to protect him, and that they also died of smoke inhalation.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 05:19 AM

11. Christian Extremists

 

We have religious wingnut killers here in America as well. Scott Roeder (Dr. Tiller's killer) quickly came to mind. These people even put up websites complete with pictures and address's of others who should be killed for religious/symbolic reasons.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 09:08 AM

14. Fanatics; religious, political or otherwise nt

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 11:20 AM

15. Think of all the tourism money they could be raking in!

Oh well, if you want to blow of steam over an insult to you religion - go for it...

I guess.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 11:27 AM

16. Very true

Plenty of people have been killed over this:


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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 04:47 PM

17. Interesting point, and it is truly part of the groups identity, and formal course of action.

 

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 04:50 PM

18. crazy fucking assholes that ought to be locked up?

 

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sat Sep 15, 2012, 04:57 PM

19. A thought

My son mentioned something last night that made me wonder. 4 people died because of riots but more than that is killed in almost any of America's big cities and there is no outrage about that.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 04:51 AM

22. Islam is inherent tribalistic, though.

We can't forget the tribal nature of Islam.

Still, it doesn't merit the broad brush hate that Muslims have to endure. There are more than a billion Muslims in the world. The rioters make up perhaps a percent of a percent of a percent of those Muslims.

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #22)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 04:38 PM

29. can a tribal religion proselytize?

islam is easy enough to convert to, it's exclusivist but it's not *exclusive*. i would describe it as more feudal than tribal (otoh that would describe basically every major religion)

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 04:19 PM

24. Terrorists are nothing but gangs

The only difference among street gangs, organized crime, and terrorism are its motives.

Street gangs and the mob have similar motives: profiting from illegal activity, such as drugs, prostitution, gambling, etc. Killing is part of enforcing their control of the illegal activity. If innocent people are killed during a gang war, it is secondary to gunning down their targets.
Terrorists' motives are largely political; they want to force governments to do their bidding, even if innocent people get killed.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 04:30 PM

25. i thought this was an Al-Qaeda revenge attack for killing their latest #2 guy

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Response to BOG PERSON (Reply #25)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 04:39 PM

30. That does not further the MEME BP. Reality is not allowed to intrude in political discussions today

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 04:32 PM

26. I have not thought about this. I don't know anything about gangs. nt

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Response to patrice (Reply #26)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 04:40 PM

31. i'm in a gang

a crime gang

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 04:34 PM

27. True. And when they do, do people fall all over themselves to rationalize, justify & 'explain' it?

No. They say "That is fucking INSANE, what the hell is wrong with those people?"

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #27)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 07:52 PM

34. +1. Especially when the violence kills a person whose not involved in that gang war

 

There's no attempt to justify that or get people to "understand" gang violence. They're simply condemned by society full stop.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 07:33 PM

32. and crazy zealots. nt

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 07:39 PM

33. I'd hardly call gangs religious.

 

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 09:10 PM

35. There are certainly parallels between the Middle Eastern fanatics and the Bloods/Crips.

Thanks for pointing that out.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 09:17 PM

36. So the point is both groups are despicable

 

already noted

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Sun Sep 16, 2012, 09:58 PM

37. When gangs kill people we don't blame the people who provoked them

 

"You should have known not to wear plaid on that side of town, really it's your fault for provoking them".

Nor do we argue for restrictions on how you can dress to limit such events.

"yes freedom of expression is nice, but really shouldn't be ban all plaid clothing? There's clothing and then there's aggressive hate-clothing. Do we really want to live in a world where any idiot can go and by a plaid outfit?"

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