Originally Posted by ranxer
/steps off his soapbox
*stomps on soapbox, so you can't get back on it*
So you're basically saying that corporate excess and abuses are the reasons YOU think it would be Ok for American innocents to be killed in a 9/11 style sttack?
...cause I don't remember Osama including Wal-Mart in his infitada....
There is no valid rationalization for terroristic murder of innocents. You can say that you see their intentions, but you have to recognize that NO injustice EVER can be addressed appropriately with the intentional taking of innocent, unrelated lives just to prove a point. I'm sure you guys will take this opportunity to mis-label millions of American actions as terrorist activity... knock yourselves out... That's a whole nuther subject, however....
There is some validity to your argument, but you seem so focused on the target of your own rage: Corporatism, that you are failing to see that billions of dollars are being funneled into terrorism. This is money that could be buying food and shelter and clothing for those oppressed peasant/terrorists with no other way available for them. That money is not being spent to improve the Middle East. It is being used to kill the West. It has nothing to do with Wal-Mart or Corporate greed or whatever.
The Middle East is extremely resource rich. There is no reason for poverty to even exist there, as you will see for yourself in Iraq within the next ten years or so. The citizens of these countries are not just being neglected. They are being oppressed, and for a specific goal... that being to feed the fire under folks like yourself in hopes of getting you to fight for their side.
As for state budgets being cut: Good. Cut the money from Federal Programs and raise your own money. Why should states be beholden to the Federal Government? The Federal Government was intended to serve the States, not the other way around.
...and ranxor: You can't argue with that... at least successfully. You can, however, look at how that military money is spent, and complain about the excessive waste. If you feel that there are people in the world that desperately need your charity, I'd suggest you help them. As for whether I'll throw my money in with yours, how bout you leave that up to me, Ok?