Actually what Mark Fletcher said in another thread is true, but honestly couldn't resist... I am with Map and Ravish on this one. Now let's consider few things - First and foremost, the girl was not in arrest (so no "freeing" her), and probably "abuse" is a very strong word here. This is a case of orthodox father and his daughter and the way he feels over-protective about the girl. Slapping kids is not that uncommon here in India. Many kids get slapped by their mom & dad (I should know! ). This is where I think cultural sensitivity comes in the picture -- and quite often you'd find that people from other nations accuse that US lacks cultural sensitivity for other countries cultures (not within the US mind you. I am quite aware of Americas' cultural diversity). This is the difference between ascetic lifestyle and hedonistic lifestyle. Maybe he was just too strict when trying to discipline her. Most important thing is - does she really hate her father??? This situation is not very uncommon here if the eldest child is a girl and if father is too conservative -- often after some time the father mellows down, partly because the girl rebels and partly because the old man really loves his kids and younger siblings have it easy. Belive me, it happens... Now let's agree for arguments sake that the case is much worse it is indeed "child abuse", in that case would you attack her house and kill the man or would you report it to the concerned authority so that they take the necessary action. If you attack, you'd be demolishing much more than her father (perceived thread), including her feeling of security... and in the process might hurt the person you intended (or claimed?) to help! This is where we have problem, we also have no sympathy for Saddam otherwise... Just quoting what I said earlier...
Originally posted by Manav Mitra: I think US feels omnipotent and strangely self-righteous to decide it for themselves that they need to "punish" someone. They are the ones who accuse, they are ones who judge and then they pass verdict ad execute it. Great!!! Again, let me re-iterate that I am not saying that Iraq was not suffering because of sadaaam, they sure were, but this is no way to solve the "problem" for them. After all, it's not SH that you'd be killing (God knows if he's still alive or...), you are in fact attacking Iraq, destroying their nation and killinkg their people for their own good. That's where the world has problems and protests.
posted 17 years ago
BTW how did I become ranch hand all of a sudden? I am a greenhorn if I remember correctly... How do I become "bartender" or "beautiful long neck"?
"Why can't we be friends now?" said the other, holding him affectionately. "It's what I want. It's what you want." But the horses didn't want it... they swerved apart; the earth didn't want it, sending up rocks through which riders must pass single file; the temples, the tank, the jail, the palace, the birds, the carrion, the Guest House, that came into view as they issued from the gap and saw Mau beneath: they didn't want it, they said in their hundred voices, "No, not yet," and the sky said, "No, not there.""