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To: TopQuark
Conversely, friends and sympathizers of terror will pass themselves off as constitutionalists and men and women of the "civil society." They will find shelter behind pluralist norms while aiding and abetting the forces of terror.

Pretty chilling. Perhaps you ought to call attention to this passage and see what kind of a response you get. I'm skeptical of libertarian fears, but the way that Ajami implies that those who oppose him may be "friends and sympathizers of terror," makes my blood curdle. I hope we don't get more of this in the months to come.

8 posted on 11/10/2001 6:55:15 PM PST by x
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To: x
Conversely, friends and sympathizers of terror will pass themselves off as constitutionalists and men and women of the "civil society." They will find shelter behind pluralist norms while aiding and abetting the forces of terror.

x: I'm skeptical of libertarian fears, but the way that Ajami implies that those who oppose him may be "friends and sympathizers of terror," makes my blood curdle.

Not to defend the author but I read the passage differently: those who are already "friends and sympathizers of terror" will not, of course, be upfront about their nature; they will use various guises, one of which will be constitutionalism. That is, they are not true libertarians but will try to pass themselves as such. I do not think he accuses libertarians of being sympathizers of terror.

Had he done that, my blood, like yours, would curdle too.

And, I am worried that, should lebertarians get their way, we'll protect our fredoms from wach other and lose the country to an aggressor, possibly in our midst.

9 posted on 11/12/2001 10:13:12 AM PST by TopQuark
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