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The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend

The great conflict of the 21st century may be between the West and terrorism. But terrorism is a tactic, not a belief. The underlying battle will be between modern civilization and anti-modernist fanatics; between those who believe in the primacy of the individual and those who believe that human beings owe blind allegiance to a higher authority; between those who give priority to life in this world and those who believe that human life is no more than preparation for an existence beyond life; between those who believe that truth is revealed solely through scripture and religious dogma, and those who rely primarily on science, reason, and logic. Terrorism will disrupt and destroy lives. But terrorism is not the only danger we face. Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Clinton. We do ourselves well to understand the underlying nature of this conflict. In its simplest form, it is a battle between faith and reason; between individualism and collectivism masked in religious dogma; between self-guidance and authoritarian rule from a pulpit. I cringe each and every time I hear Bush, Kerry, or anyone else invoke his God as authority and justification for the task at hand. It is the belief...

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More
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