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Posted: July 28, 2009 9:12 p.m.
Updated: July 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.

I’m trying to understand Krall’s version of “A little history” (Letters, June 26) that he is using to refute the premise of an earlier article in The Signal.

He’s apparently trying to correlate post-1993 jihadist attacks (primarily the 9/11 attack) with a “white male evangelical Christian compassionate conservative” leadership, and where the perpetrators of this event were interrogated.   

The term evangelical refers to Catholic-based forms of Protestantism and not directly to fundamentalist Christians, if that is the group Krall is describing.  

Does that mean that if the United States were closer to using another belief system as basis for its governing principles and if terrorist suspects were interrogated only in the United States, this would prevent further attacks?

If we are using that kind of logic, it seems to have worked the other way.

I am comforted that the suspected 9/11 terrorists were not housed in the United States where there might have been attempts to free them, and reassured that there have been no major terrorist events here since then.

Then I try to find other correlations between our leadership and other attacks by jihadist terrorists.

The attack on the U.S.S. Cole was in 2000, and I think that the then-president’s compassion was more for his staff.

The Indonesia/Bali attack in 2005 did not seem to be directed at white, male, Christian-based leadership as much as it carried a message of hate toward all beliefs not consistent with those of the perpetrators.  

Is it because these attacks were against our military or other people in the world, not considered domestic and therefore can’t be part of this discussion?

I’m also not certain what message of the evangelical Christian belief system is the most contrary to what should be directing our world.

Is it the message conveyed in the Old Testament of a mighty and merciful God or the message in the New Testament of a loving and forgiving God?

Unfortunately, our world has mostly rejected these messages, and there are few lights left to direct us.

Perhaps the country’s leaders should start looking for other belief and interrogation systems that are more pleasing to potential terrorists.

Maybe we are already doing that. I pray it doesn’t happen. Maybe I’m the one who should leave.

No, I would rather count on the truth of a lot of history and a big God to give me hope for our country.



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