Sunday, January 11, 2009

Another War-on-Terror Blog and Simplistic Views


An Exercise in Omphaloskepsis

I've been informed, from time to time, that my views are "simplistic."

If it's "simplistic" to deviate from the assumptions of Professor Churchill, Code Pink, ANSWER, and people who are upset by the use of draftees in Bush's war on Iraq, then my approach to reality is simplistic.

And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Repeating what I wrote earlier, "I'm not one of those sophisticated people who believe that 'the US is the world's number one terrorist' - or that Israel is a racist oppressor."

And, I agree with former American secretaries of state on at least one thing: America should lead.

I don't think that America is perfect. But it's not the 'great Satan America,' either.
"Omphaloskepsis"?! That's a five-dollar word for "navel gazing." Princeton's WordNet has a pretty good definition.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.