You repeatedly portray Americans as ignorant, uninformed, xenophobic and unable to be restrained without a strong government. You are still in college, right? I wasn’t there that long ago myself.
No I do not. I point out the clear and obvious fact that we have radical groups too, and that without keeping a check on them, they can do damage-even with proportionally small numbers. I love my country, but that doesn’t mean I have to believe every last person in it is good and would never do bad.
It wasn’t until after I graduated that I realized how brainwashed I was by relativist, liberal, socialist anti-American professors.
Many of my professors (no longer, I finished there) were Priests. I am a product of the Catholic system.
Can you explain to me why Muslims say we live in the “Theater of War” because we are non-believers?
They don’t. Radical islamists do, but just like the KKK doesn’t represent america, those groups do not represent all muslims.
Here’s a source you should be happy trusting on this point:
As the tradition developed, Muslim scholars had occasion to confront a variety of questions raised by battlefield experience. They knew, for example, about “collateral damage,” about killings covered by the rule of double effect and other categories familiar from the just war tradition. Their treatments of these suggest that the best way to understand the prophetic sayings is as follows: No one fighting in an Islamic cause should ever directly and intentionally target noncombatants.
How, then, can one regard the judgment of Osama bin Laden as “Islamic”? The short answer is, one cannot.
I don’t want to see innocent Muslim civilians killed. Unfortunately, I can’t rule out any responses to future terrorism.
Having spent a fair amount of time (in that great Catholic system) studying the Catholic tradition of the Just War, I can say with certainty that your faith requires you rule out some responses to terrorism. Attacking civilians for the purpose of reprisal or deterrence is prohibited by the Church, always has been, and is a deeply immoral idea. If you won’t buy my reasoning that it’s immoral to kill civilians in response to what a group of terrorists do, you should at least be willing to read the Church’s teaching on the subject:
Even if the cause is just, the grave moral obligation to respect the principles of non-combatant immunity and proportionality remains in force and must govern our nation’s political and military decisions. Indiscriminate attacks on innocent people, whether by terrorists or in war, threaten the common good. The continuing priority must be to ensure that military force is directed at those who use terror and those who assist them, not at the Afghan people or Islam. We welcome the stated commitment to do everything possible to avoid civilian casualties, a commitment that must be sustained over the long-term. We must not only act justly but be perceived as acting justly if we are to succeed in winning popular support against terrorism.
As for this:
Can you commit yourself to agreeing that terrorist attacks by Muslims against Americans are never acceptable?
I already have, numerous times. Terrorism against civilians is always wrong.