Adam Purcell Rants like this remind me of bad Michael Bay movies where all of the laws of cause and effect, action and reaction are just thrown out the door of reality. We HELPED the Muslims in Afghanistan against Russia. We HELPED defend Saudi Arabia (AT THEIR REQUEST, which you call an occupation for some reason) against aggressive Iraqi forces. So basically any nation that we help we should expect to be attacked from? I don't remember Iranians, Iraqis, or Lebanese attacking our homeland. Just the ones that we helped.
Adam Purcell Dead civilians is a sad thing. Unfortunately these civilians live in nations where their fellow "civilians" are housing al-Qaeda terrorists. That's just a fact. So let's be honest. Who's brought more bloodshed to Pakistan? America or al-Qaeda and their linked groups?
Adam Purcell I'm more than happy to play your rookie game, Robert. Let's do it. I'll start by asking you why America is attacked first by terrorists hailing from Muslim nationalities we've never been in conflict with? Or, have you noticed who didn't attack us on 9/11? Do we suffer attacks from African-American terrorists in the name of our enslavement of Africans? Have Japanese terrorists hit us back for Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Where are all of those suicide bombers from Vietnam seeking revenge? Not one Iranian bombing targeting our homeland after overthrowing their government, etc? We kicked Iraq's ass and Bin Laden couldn't even find 1 of them to help out on a plane hijacking? The ONLY common denominator is Islamic-radicalization. Period.
Adam Purcell I don't know why anyone flagged this comment. George, whether he'll wind up being correct or not regarding the extremist effect on the Tsarnaevs, clearly isn't accusing all Muslims of conspiracy. But I do think the Muslim world is trying to deal with the extremist culture within their own religion. As Hitchens once said, "the most rending wars are Civil Wars." This will take time. Humanity needs to call out evil when it sees it, and stop being afraid of offending anyone for doing so.
Adam Purcell Anyone else here notice Alex just reamed John and/or American society for prejudging Tsarnaev as guilty without evidence, but almost immediately, accuses American authorities of torturing Tsarnaev without any evidence? Alex, you're all preach, no practice. Print off a copy of this entire rant, then run it by a local psychologist. Ask him to read it, then ask him to explain projection to you. Given the fact we've found death in every single spot we've found evidence of the Tsarnaev boys since Monday... their pictures... their boat hiding spot... their own corpses... I'd say there's a 95% chance John is correct. There's a .00000000095% chance Alex is correct that this guy will be tortured. Alex... you're why we need courts.
Adam Purcell Joseph, your words show a classic case of projection. You say Americans are illiterate about other cultures, which isn't necessarily untrue, but in the context you're using those words you're showing that you happen to be one of these Americans that are illiterate about another culture. Yanwen's comparison is unfounded, because Cho didn't hail from a place known for this sort of thing. This world will be better off when we stop ignoring the evil within extreme parts of other cultures, rather than merely focusing on our own deficiencies... particularly ones that had not a damn thing to do with contributing to this attack.
Adam Purcell So Tamerlan, a guy that just blew up a bunch of bombs, sort of remotely says he was "alienated" and you took his word for it? Interesting. Why is it so many people think it's America that drives people to extremism rather than someone else's culture that drives them to it?
Adam Purcell It was Tuesday. http://www.startribune.com/world/203003211.html?refer=y I know that Putin and Obama have been talking a lot about other issues anyway, so perhaps this was just a standard courtesy. But then again, I'm wondering if their intel picked up something that indicated the possibility this originated in Russia somehow. Again, this comment isn't supposed to incriminate them. The US quite quickly assisted India during the Bombay attacks in 2008. At some point we realized that David Headley of Chicago was involved. How soon they were on to him, I have no idea.
Adam Purcell John, I really appreciate the level of calm research it must've taken to collect all of this stuff and be as accurate to the truth as you can. Great job. Since you mentioned the Moscow theater incident, I want to add the story of the Beslan School Massacre that killed 334 hostages. 186 of them were children... To spend 48 hours hanging bombs above 186 children and later blowing them up takes a special kind of evil. Whatever their ambitions were, it's hard to care after that. Regarding the prior suspicions of Tamerlan and his travels to Russia, I vividly recall reading perhaps Tuesday that Putin vowed to help the US. I'm not suspecting them of anything, but wonder if their intel had clues this could've been Chechnya-related.
Adam Purcell I am deeply saddened that in 2013, there are still people who ignore the fact that it was Bill Clinton who signed the "Iraq Liberation Act of 1998" and certainly brushed over Obama's use of the word "evil" yesterday. I mean no disrespect when I say this, but I think that either you're completely ignorant of the pro-caliphate nature of the modern Islamic extremist world and the players whose responsibility it is to maintain their power (by any means necessary), or you are one of the millions of tools used to advance their ideals.
Adam Purcell It wasn't a whitewash. Your picture displays the flag of the Syrian rebels. Do their bullets never run astray? And spare me your non-point of what the US military chose to name their helicopters as if merely referring to that particular helicopter as the AH-64 would've made everything just peachy for you. How cheap of you. I'm absolutely defending the US's right to RESPOND to acts of war by military means. And for the record, it's an awful thing that innocents get caught in the middle. But how can you give me that speech when innocents were dying in said locations long before we arrived. That's the same kind of dishonesty employed in Robert's editing technique.
Adam Purcell Robert, we all have our causes, but that doesn't mean we ignore the laws of cause and effect. When we show integrity for our causes over integrity for the truth, that isn't actually integrity. Some say people that do this are either stupid or liars. I don't necessarily agree. Often times, something pathological that I can't yet name gets in the way of the truth, too. You're clearly not a stupid guy, I don't necessarily think you're a liar, and I'm no expert on pathology. But whatever the reason, leaving out key causes, whether you believe them to be just or unjust, reveals an unhealthy media bias. If this was on purpose, it's nothing short of what I call an editorial crime.
Adam Purcell The War in Afghanistan is a misnomer for a war that clearly started in New York City less than a month before. Then again, one could accurately argue it started off the coast of Yemen (a country you mentioned) the year before, or Kenya and Tanzania two years before that, waged party from Afghanistan and Somalia, yet another country you mentioned. Contrary to what biased journalists would like us to believe, this country is at war with an ideology spread across many nations. And when we compare the tactics of our nation with that of our enemy, when we kill innocent civilians, it is a tragic accident for whatever reason. But that doesn't render our cause unjust, because when our enemy kills civilians, it's on purpose.
Adam Purcell Your headline "Boston Marathon Bomb Coverage Reveals Media Hyposcrisy and Double Standards" is absolutely correct. And after reading its subsequent content -- it sadly applies to you. I noticed how after the line, "in the last decade, the U.S. has occupied Afghanistan and Iraq while bombing Yemen, Pakistan, Libya, and Somalia," you made absolutely no reference to why our military's have been active in those nations. Given we're all subjects of time, the logical thing to do is ask, "What happened at the beginning of the ten year period to which the article refers? For that matter, what happened prior to any of those events?" There's 2 kinds of violence in our world: senseless violence, and violence meant to counter senseless violence.
Adam Purcell Then again... when was the last time we had to deal with the Nazis? Sometimes, you just have to kick someone's ass. If you don't like that, good -- that's why you're the one to do it. Then you teach their kids. That's how all wars really end. Glad your mother's okay and I hope the same for anyone else you know.
Adam Purcell Precisely. I made 100s of bombs during my grade-school antics days, and I will tell you this about my experience with improvised toilet-bowl cleaning explosive devices: The people we're looking for in these photos are holding their ears and cringing a bit as if something loud is about to happen. The photos before the photos of bombs going off are the most important to investigators right now.
Adam Purcell The thing that makes me going about the picture of the guy on the roof is the commentary I read elsewhere wondering why he wasn't reacting the explosion on the ground. It was a dumb question given the 2nd bomb was clearly just exploding... as in it's first milliseconds. NO ONE in that photo is reacting to the 2nd explosion. Look at all those joggers... just joggin' along like that's not a bomb blowing a bunch of legs off... Here's the deal for all of the conspiracy theorists out there (I know you're not one, John): there's a chance that the guilty party is in that photo. It isn't the guy on the roof.
Adam Purcell This is getting silly, Michael. If we're to continue this discussion, just answer this quick question: Do you think Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda were the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks? Yes or no?