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Opinion by audreygrace412 posted 2 months ago
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On July 11th, Fox News' Kelly File featured a focus group to talk about the Dallas Shootings, Protests, Black Lives Matter, Obama, Race and more. This was in direct response to increasing tensions between the police and specifically the Black US population. If you know anything about me, you probably know how important I believe it is that people keep talking in a constructive manner in order to come to real solutions. This is why I do not like hypocrisy when it comes to tolerance. I just happen to believe in beating fire with water, not with more fire as I believe it only fuels it and makes things worse for everyone involved, especially the group being the most oppressed. In order to be balanced, all sides must have a voice in the conversation. Megyn Kelly did have guests from all sides and while I am absolutely not going to say this focus group segment occurred as perfectly as it possibly could have, as I think Megyn Kelly was very rude and cut off very good points, I do respect how much it is a major step in the right direction. [b]Therefore, I wanted to highlight some of the points made by the participants of this focus group that I think all Americans...
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Opinion by Cinders posted 3 months ago
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There's been a lot of debate in this spot on the general idea of progressive "softies" who need "safe spaces" to avoid being "triggered."

The talk of these kinds of people generally devolves into hyperbolized stereotypes of wimpy college students using it as an excuse not to do their homework, for example. Acronyms like "SJWs" get thrown around, and people express their frustration about feeling like they're walking on egg shells, or censored, or having to cater to other people's over-sensitivity in order to avoid being accused of an "ism" of some sort or another. People feel like they're being attacked for their opinions.

The question invariably becomes: Why do we need so many safe spaces, and why do I feel like my freedom of expression is at risk?

So I'm here to answer those questions in a non-judgmental way, and to explain what these places are and who they help. Hopefully, I'll be able to do this in a way that doesn't offend or frustrate you. You know -- safely.
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Opinion by zanhar1 posted 6 months ago
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So being as math is the bane of my existence right now and I've finally snapped and nothing is left of my motivation in regards to math but a manifestation of pure rage and anger I am going to rant more about how much I hate math. I have grown to hate it so much that I am now putting effort and energy into my hatred of it. So I will now continue my venting and raging about why students shouldn't have to suffer like so.That said parts of this are going to be taken from my comment over on my 'is math necessary' poll.

So being as bitter about math as I've grown to be, I've done quite a bit of research on this.

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Guide by Cinders posted 7 months ago
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I bet those conservatives out there were thinking that I'd forgotten all about them! Not true! In fact, I have been doing extra research over the last few days to fully get the feel for each candidate still in the running.

If you missed my article on the link, I assure you it's a good, solid, and fair assessment of each candidate

In the last article, I joked about Donald Trump, and said that I would probably not be very respectful when discussing him, on account of he's a giant tool. Well, I can't make any promises about how it's presented, but I vow to present accurate information about Donald Trump. I might also call him a douchebag, but you know, take all that with a grain of salt. Still, I'll address Trump in another article. This one is about Cruz and Rubio

While the democrats are evenly split between two popular candidates, the Republicans have an arguably more dire problem on their hands. They are at risk of allowing link to result...
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Guide by Cinders posted 7 months ago
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The Republicans as well as a personified hairball some cat coughed up debate tonight. Though there are only five of them still in the race whittled down from an impressive seventeen before the primaries, it's hard to know what they're really for and against beyond all the rhetoric.

The Democrats have a completely different pickle. Their party is divided between two candidates who can't stop agreeing on everything, and yet insist they are different from each other.

So what does this really mean? Your very own political pundit is here to break it down for you in as unbiased a way as I can possibly manage. I will try to be fair and respectful to every candidate, with the exception of when I talk about Donald Trump, because, let's face it, "fair" and "respectful" are words he's never heard before.

Let's start with the easy ones.

THE DEMOCRATS

Hillary Clinton: The Veteran


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Opinion by tamore posted over a year ago
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link, the only feedback I received revolved around definitions of racism. Sure, the concept of reverse racism was partially what the article was about, but it was also about what problems nonwhites have that whites don't face. It was also a list of grievances that need to be fixed. Those points were completely ignored.

When you say that reverse racism doesn't exist, white people completely ignore the problems you're saying nonwhites face and the changes you want to make to fight them. Instead, they do nothing constructive and just argue on behalf of whites. We - people on both sides of the debate - get stuck in this rut of "your definition is wrong" instead of asking "what can we do to be better?"

The conclusion I've come to is that it doesn't fucking matter. It doesn't matter whether or not reverse racism exists and it doesn't matter exactly how we define racism.
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Opinion by tamore posted over a year ago
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We conceive of racism as a set of institutional conditions of group inequality and an ideology of racial domination, in which the latter is characterized by a set of beliefs holding that the subordinate racial group is biologically or culturally inferior to the dominant racial group. These beliefs, in turn, are deployed to prescribe and legitimize society's discriminatory treatment of the subordinate group and to justify their lower status. link

The common definition of racism, and the one used by people who believe in reverse racism, is just "the belief that one race of people is better than another." Sure, that's the definition that comes up when you Google the term, but it's actually just the definition of racial prejudice. It's not the definition of racism used in scholarly discussion, or political debates, or by activists. The italicized definition at the top is an example of a definition that's actually used, that's actually correct.
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Opinion by zanhar1 posted over a year ago
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I'd like to start by saying that this is just my personal opinion as to what a SJW is. I've come to notice that I have used SJW quite a bit on this spot and a few people don't know exactly what I mean by that. So I kind of thought it'd be useful to make this article explaining exactly what I mean when I use the term social justice warrior.
Before anything else; I intend no offense to anyone at all with this article. I don't hate social justice (not by any means), I think social justice is awesome. What I don't like is what some people turned the movement into.

First and foremost when I use SJW I am referring to the over the top an (usually) uninformed tumblr groups. I think there are two (very broad) types of social justice; there's social justice and social justice warriors.
Social justice is positive. It's progressive, these are your people who do feminism and such right; they fight for woman's rights without ripping on the male gender. They fight for women's rights without belittling a woman for actually liking the homemaker role. They're the ones who actually fight for racial equality as opposed to one race being superior to another. Social...
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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This is an open letter addressed to any rational person who identifies as a GamerGater.

GamerGate, you have a PR problem.

Like many unorganized movements that originate on the internet, you are falling apart in the public eye. And as you continue to blame your bad PR on the journalists you're criticizing, you only further prove their point and look like angry whiners (at best!), which only makes your PR problem worse. Even if every conspiracy you believe is correct, you will never get people to listen to you the way you are going about it now.

For one thing, you have a hateful reputation. Instead of offering up a simple "NUH UH" denial, own it. The first step to getting any rational person to listen to you is to admit that there are people in your group who are insane and dangerous. Do not offer me any logical fallacies by claiming "But no REAL GamerGater would--" No. These ARE real GamerGaters. They are in your movement. If you want to take the movement back, you need to actively condemn what they are doing and prove it with your actions.
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Opinion by LGYCE posted over a year ago
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"Hello. Do you know who I am? Of course you don't. I'm a nobody. I'd tell you my name, but you don't care. I'm just lonely. Nobody cares about me. Nobody cares what I think. People treat me like dirt. My opinion doesn't matter. Nothing about me matters. I try to say something, but nobody listens. They don't even try. I hate my life. I've never had a friend. I never even had a chance to make a friend. You're probably feeling sorry for me right now. But if you knew me, you wouldn't care anymore. I hate you all. My entire life is pointless and sad. It's like I'm not even there. I never get to do anything fun with anybody. Nobody loves me, and that hurts. I know I'm not wanted. Not that it matters. Nobody gives a damn about me or what I think, they all just want me gone. Nobody even knows me, and they won't even give me a chance. I'm hopeless. The worst part is, I'm not even exaggerating. At all. And I don't have the power to change any of it. I'm just so sad."

This story is true, as horrible as that is. I tear up just thinking about that. And do you know who it's about? Do you feel sorry for that person? Do you care?
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Opinion by tamore posted over a year ago
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#rapecultureiswhen trended on Twitter last night, seemingly sparked by Zerlina Maxwell (link) after she was told she was "overhyping rape culture."

This article is a collection of some of my favorite tweets because I think awareness is important. Many people ignore the existence of rape culture, or if they acknowledge it they do not understand its extent. So:

Rape culture is when...

any talk about rape turns into the obvious fact that "not men all like that!" instead of "too many men are like that."
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men are allowed to travel, go out at night, get drunk, wear whatever they want--without it being seen as "asking for it."
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a song about having sex without consent (with lyrics straight from rapist's mouths) tops the charts for an entire year.
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Opinion by TDDD posted over a year ago
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I see the concept for Schrodinger's Rapist getting a lot of flack. People, when confronted with this idea, say things like "This is stupid. Not everyone is a rapist!" or "This is just feminist propaganda meant to instill paranoia in women and make them afraid of men."

I personally think that everyone who wants to abide by the theory has every right to do so. Let me give you an example:

About two years ago I was seventeen and during Halloween break I was working in my Mum's office. But there was one day when my Mum couldn't drive me home and I had to get the bus. This was all fine - I was perfectly capable of organizing a bus for myself and then walking home from the bus station. My journey to get home that day was a half hour bus ride and then another 40 minutes walking down a dark street to get to my home which was a bit out of the way. Not a problem, I'd walked that road countless times much later in the night.

But this day was different. As I was waiting for the bus to arrive a man approached me. This man was in his mid to late twenties and seemed to be travelling. He hadn't shaved in a few days and had a hiking bag with him....
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Opinion by zanhar1 posted over a year ago
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Censorship is probably my favorite thing to debate about. So I wanted to type an article about the issue.

For one it's super annoying. The obnoxious beeping mid-verse in some songs is really irksome to listen too. Small pauses aren't as bad, but still. Censorship can really ruin a good song. As for TV I understand it more with censoring anatomy should children be watching (I'll address that in a minute) but censoring the finger or words that characters/people say on TV follows the same thing as above the bleeping is annoying and the finger, I personally don't take offense to it.

About the whole children could be watching argument. All I can say is parents should be watching their kid. If they want to be overly sensitive they should be the ones sheltering their kid, not the government. I think it's kind of annoying that because a handful of people are sensitive that everyone loses their ability to decide for themselves what they want to watch.Why should we have to be sheltered because some people don't want their kids exposed to certain concepts but are too lazy to shelter them themselves. Now I (if I was a mother) wouldn't go out of my way to point...
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Article by blackpanther666 posted over a year ago
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The origin of life: During reading an interesting novel about Dawkins and his theories on evolution, I discovered this particular bit. Dawkins has no solution for how life actually evolved, or arose. Dawkins says: 'It is a complete mystery' (if you wish to know more, read chapter 13 of The Greatest Show On Earth: the Evidence for Evolution)

I would like to point out that I have not really found a viable explanation for the origin of life, yet. I suppose that people assume it was the Big Bang and the consequential events following after, which caused life to erupt in the form of micro-organisms. Whether this is true, or not, where is the evidence that a Big Bang occurred and where is the evidence that the events following actually lead towards the development of Earth and the micro-organisms that we consider to be the origin of life's current species. On the other hand, we have Creationists who believe that God created everything intelligently, a principle known as Intelligent Design. According to Creationists, God created everything with a purpose, as well as not as long ago as evolutionists would believe (approx 10,000 ya). So, the...
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Opinion by tammystramp posted over a year ago
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My Son attends a public school of approx. 60 highschool students, he will be 17 in August, He is a mature responsable young man, he has good grades and an after school job. the administrator is dead set against allowing any student to leave at the non class period lunch hr. even with a note from parent. Does the adm. have more authority than parents. The lunch hr. is not considered a class period. Most students want to walk to the store thats on the same side of the street as the school and about 2 blcks away. The school lunch is not muc to be desired.
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Opinion by bri-marie posted over a year ago
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Why would it be awkward?
Gods created us in their image. They created us to think, behave, and look (to a certain degree) like them. It makes no sense for them to purposefully make us like them, and then give us orders not to be like them.

There can not be more than one God.
Except that there can, and there is.

I'm going to establish now God's existence.
Oookay. I'm not sure why, since no one was denying the existence of anything. But I guess this gives me a chance to play devils advocate, so I'll play.

(I know thissection was aimed more at whiteflame, but I have something to say)a God would not create homosexuality
Except that They did. To say otherwise insists that there are things that are completely outside the control of the gods.

given C1 and P5 we can see that homosexuality could coexist with the perfect God
Except that you're arguing that that's not the case? You're arguing that homosexuality goes against the Abrahamic god's will, and that it's immoral, which means that it can't co-exist (which implies harmony, which means homosexuality...
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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There has been a lot of discussion around the topic of abortion lately, partly influenced by recent political gaffes by republican senators concerning the concept of abortion in cases of rape.

Let me just say that I am pro-choice. I am not pro-choice because I hate babies or children, or because I believe a fetus isn't a living thing. Maybe that makes me worse, because I love children. I love children so much, I invested in them by choosing a career in nurturing them and their minds and helping them grow. I recognize that even if we quibble about the specific definition of where life begins, a fetus, alive or not, still has the potential for life, if the process continues unobstructed.

So why am I pro-choice, being the pro-child, life-adoring person that I am? Exactly for that reason - because I am pro-child, pro-mother, pro-family, and anti-slander, anti-judgment, and most of all, pro-support.

The pro-life camp has some real concerns and bleeding hearts, and certainly does a great job of appealing to the pathos of a crowd with pictures (doctored or not) of aborted fetuses and the use of the word "genocide." But it's exactly...
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List by pandawinx posted over a year ago
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1.I'd really rather you didn't act like a sanctimonious holier-than-thou ass when describing my noodly goodness. If some people don't believe in me, that's okay. Really, I'm not that vain. Besides, this isn't about them so don't change the subject.

2.I'd really rather you didn't use my existence as a means to oppress, subjugate, punish, eviscerate, and/or, you know, be mean to others. I don't require sacrifices, and purity is for drinking water, not people.

3.I'd really rather you didn't judge people for the way they look, or how they dress, or the way they talk, or, well, just play nice, Okay? Oh, and get this into your thick heads: woman = person. man = person. Samey = Samey. One is not better than the other, unless we're talking about fashion and I'm sorry, but I gave that to women and some guys who know the difference between teal and fuschia.

4.I'd really rather you didn't indulge in conduct that offends yourself, or your willing, consenting partner of legal age AND mental maturity. As for anyone who might object, I think the expression is go **** yourself, unless they find that offensive in which case they can turn off the TV for...
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List by ponyboyjohnny posted over a year ago
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note: i put the word arab in quotations when i say -israeli "arab", and "palestinian"- on purpose. you'll see why when you read your way to the last myth

Also tell me if you spot spelling and/or grammar errors in this


Myth 1:“The Jews have no claim to the land they call Israel.”

fact:When the jews were kicked out the holy land by the romans, the romans weren't able to kick all of them out. also some jews did return to their home sometime after the diaspora. when the muslim empire conquered the holy land, it wasn't jew-free. many of the jewish people there mixed in the conquering arabs. then later, they were conquered by the ottoman turks, and then by england. so many "palestinians" and israeli arabs probably have jewish ancestry in them which makes this issue on lawn ownership more complicated. yes, the U.N. gave the jews around the world this land after WW2, and these jews still had connect to the land. however due to the fact many arabs who lived here prior to WW2 may have jewish ancestry in them, this land belongs to both jews and palestnians/israeli-arabs.
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Opinion by Cinders posted over a year ago
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I've been disheartened to hear rhetoric and see actions in the media lately that show me just how appallingly sexist our so-called "modern" and progressive society still is.

Yes, I'm calling sexism on this one, and no, that's not a word I wave around carelessly.

I'm calling sexism because a number of women's issues have come up in the public forum lately, and no one seems to care A) what women think about that or B) perspectives on issues that aren't fifty years old. I recently posted link which details exactly how offensive these conversations are.

Women On The Front Lines

Let's look at the most recent issue that's come up lately: women in the military, on the front lines. Rick Santorum insists that having women on the front lines in combat zones will be detrimental to the army on the whole, because male soldiers will see the women and want to "protect," them, because that's their instinct.
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Pro-life quotes.

“Ive noticed that everyone who is for abortion is already born.” – Ronald Reagan


"There are two victims in every abortion: a dead baby and a dead conscience." - Mother Teresa

"We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, killings, of wars, or of hatred...If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other?" - Mother Teresa

"...is it surprising that today we have become so morally blind (for wickedness blinds) that we save the baby whales at great cost, and murder millions of unborn children?" - Alice von Hildebrand

"Count yourself lucky your mother chose life." -Author Unknown.

""America you are beautiful . . . and blessed . . . . The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless. If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then America, defend life." - Pope John Paul II
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Opinion by PoisonLuck posted over a year ago
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You may be asking yourself right now, how can Evolution be a religion? Or Creation a science? Such small questions, with huge answers.

First, you must understand me. I believe where the facts lie, that the truth is with that. Facts come first, then faith. (Yes, you need faith for both!)

Now mind you, sometimes facts are wrong. Facts used to say that the world was flat. But that fact was proven wrong.

Back to the questions. Evolution and Creation.
Misunderstandings on both sides have let many frustrated with arguments and conflicts. If we first get an understanding of where the other is coming from, maybe we will be able to have a lack of this frustration.

Creation Science believes that somewhere around 6,000 to 10,000 years ago, God created everything in one single week.
A large misunderstanding, is that God created every species. This is not at all what Creationists believe. They believe that God created every basic kind of animal. Dog kind (which the wolf, coyote, and domestic dogs come from), Cat kind (which lions, tigers, and domestic cats come from, and etc. etc. etc.
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Opinion by ThePrincesTale posted over a year ago
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Recently in Australia, it has come to light that a mining magnate- Gina Rinehart, also the richest person in Australia- it buying shares in the media company Fairfax. First, let me enlighten you- Fairfax is the publisher of the few media outlets that aren't owned by Rupert Murdoch. In plain terms- Fairfax newspapers are, well, fair. They are balanced. They are impartial.

The Murdoch press, on the other other hand, has a more "tell them what we want" philosophy, rather than a "tell it as it is". It controls much of the media over here.

And onto Gina Rinehart- she was- to be blunt- raised on mining, was taught by her father that owning media was a source of influence, along with giving politicians money directly and nagging them and everyone else endlessly about the benefits of small government and the evils of environmentalism. She's a fanstastic contributor to anti-climate change propoganda (it wouldn't be very convenient for a massive mining company to be concerned about ruining the world, now, would it?) and a generous donater to the National Party. She's also good pals with old Rupert Murdoch.
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Opinion by HeitsiTsegin posted over a year ago
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Democracy is common and somewhat popular among many people all over the world, yet people give it too much credit.

The one who can delude the people best is the one that gets most of the votes, weather or not he is really a good leader. A charismatic leader such as Adolf Hitler or Josef Stalin might have used their charisma to win over voters in a democracy assuming they had not already made a reputation for themselves as an evil dictator. Imagine also Oprah whatsherlastname running for president, she probably has little to no political experience and yet, she can win over voters by pure popularity and charisma, and yet she would most likely not make a good leader.

Another thing is the campaigning, they all say anyone can run for president, but this is not true. Any given person who wants to run in any democracy has to have either money or the right contacts, and hardly anyone has those kinds of contacts or money. Only the aristocratic then can run for president, keeping the middle and lower classes out of politics, then it tries to claim to be the most fair of all governments.
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List by Cinders posted over a year ago
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"For a long time I've been operating from a certain core assumption that we are all essentially the same inside, and that our differences are by and large situational. That goes for everybody— Bush, Bin Laden, Tony Blair, me, you… Palestinians, everybody of any particular religion. I know there is a good chance that this assumption actually is false. But it's convenient, because it always leads to questions about the way privilege shelters people from the consequences of their actions. It's also convenient because it leads to some level of forgiveness, whether justified or not."

Rachel Corrie, April 10 1979 — March 16 2003

"I would have joined a terrorist organization."

Ehud Barak's (Former Israeli Prime Minister) response to Gideon Levy, a columnist for the Ha'aretz newspaper, when Barak was asked what he would have done if he had been born a Palestinian.

[i]"Today, as I walked on top of the rubble, Egyptian soldiers called to me from the other side of the border: 'Go! Go!' because a tank was coming. And then waving and 'What's your name?' Something disturbing about this friendly curiosity. To...
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