What is the difference between…

1. Lying on a bed with your knees and arms blown off due to an attack by someone who thought your life was expendable for some greater cause?

2. Lying on a bed with your knees and arms blown off due to a bomb from 30,000 feet, dropped by someone who thought your life was expendable for some greater cause?

Anyone?

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5 Responses to “What is the difference between…”


  1. 1 Abu Muhammad May 25, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    The bomber fears your reason; the attacker does not. The bomber loves his life more than he loves yours; the attacker loves you as much as he loves himself.

    wassalam
    PS. I sincerely wish Brother thabet that you restart blogging on Muslims Under progress.

  2. 2 thabet May 26, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    assalamu alaykum

    Many thanks for your comments, Abu Muhammad. However, I have grown to dislike the creaky Typepad interface. WordPress is much smoother. I will import my old stuff in time.

    I found your comment interesting, and one which might be overlooked: do some suicide bombers, especially those who know they will also kill Muslims, genuinely think their victims will also be redeemed?

    On the broader point, my issue is with ‘intention’. Why do we grant intention priority over consequence when it comes to judging actions?

  3. 3 Abu Muhammad May 27, 2007 at 5:24 am

    Why do we grant intention priority over consequence when it comes to judging actions?

    Not sure how to articulate this in legal lingo; but probably because ‘intention’ is an anticipated consequence which motivates you to take action. The ‘actual’ consequences are understood to be beyond the control, being effected by innumerable other factors.

    But that is of course an ideal proposal and it is not too diffficult to understand that bombs would harm more than what was actually ‘intended’ to be harmed.

    wassalam

  4. 4 Mr. Yiddish May 28, 2007 at 3:44 am

    Actually, no difference.

    The difference: depends whether the act was done by an Islamic terrorist, or by someone liberating the world of Islamic terrorists.

  5. 5 Luqman June 11, 2007 at 3:44 am

    Number 2 can say it was an accident. Number 1 can’t.


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