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We shy away from injuring non-combatant civilians. Under
their rules, civilians are not non-combatants because civilians
are supporting the Western civilization the terrorists are at war with.
Remember that *WE* didn't have qualms about civilians killed in
bombing runs on German factories - the terrorists are merely taking
a slightly wider definition of combatant...
Regarding them as sick/twisted is very dangerous. They're
rational, intelligent, and reasoning from different ground rules.
And remember - the US dropped 2 nukes. I'm sure the residents
of a few Japanese cities thought that Truman was sick and twisted
for allowing it to happen.
Operating Systems Analyst
- [no subject] Unknown (Oct 15)