I'll try not to be so long winded this time...
I appreciate your respectful and insightful counterpoint. I was actually expecting to be berated and flamed, if not by you then by someone else. I'm glad to see that isn't the case. Yet another reason I love this site.
As far as your stance goes, I totally understand and in some ways agree. The main reason I chose to respond is that I tend to get upset when I see or hear such blanket statements made. In the area that I live, statements like that can get people killed, and I imagine that may be the case in many areas.
In any event, I'm generally pleased with the manner in which people respond to one another on this site, and your counterpoint only supported that view. I'll probably make a point of looking for threads you frequent, if only to enjoy more of your thoughtful commentary.
Thanks again. Just out of curiousity, where are you from, are you still in the Middle East?