America is the land of all and any. always has been.<quoted text>
The mind distorting, hateful and vile propoganda from the "far away wayyy,wayyy NON-exotic!" needs halted however.
This is AMERICA, land of DEMOCRACY! NOT mujahideen, dark age, barbaric communism regimes!!
GOOD JOB BOSTON!
we should back off of the unwarranted arrogance so the rest of the world will finally get over Bush. starting a war for no good reason has put us in the position of being a aggressor who cares not about the results of our aggression. notwithstanding that arrogance i mentioned that somehow allows us to attack all and any just because they're a different ethnicity or because they're not Christians.
as for barbaric....
Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses
The most painful passages come in the books of Joshua and Judges, which Jenkins describes as an “orgy of militarism, enslavement, and race war.” The Israelites, emerging from the desert after their escape from Egypt, attack Canaanite cities, whose people are described by the biblical narrator as very wicked. God commands the Israelites to exterminate the inhabitants—men, women, children, and animals alike, until nothing is left alive. Likewise in the Book of Samuel, King Saul eventually loses God’s favor not for his bloodthirstiness in war but for his restraint—he fails to annihilate his enemies. The prophet Samuel denounces him for sparing some of the Amalekites, takes up a sword, and personally hacks the captive King Agag to pieces. To make matters worse, says Jenkins, God sometimes deliberately “hardens the hearts” of other peoples, using them to chastise the sinful Hebrews. Then He raises up Judges, righteous Israelites, to smite and destroy them in turn. It’s almost as if He wanted the highest possible body count.
Jenkins offers a useful thought experiment, asking readers to view these stories through the eyes of the Canaanites themselves. To them, the Israelites would seem as terrifying as the Janjaweed militia of Darfur in our own day, or as the Lord’s Resistance Army of Uganda, whose leader, Joseph Kony, has justified the mass torture and killing of men, women, and children in God’s name.