[extropy-chat] Islamic morons win yet again

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky sentience at pobox.com
Mon Oct 2 02:45:55 UTC 2006

Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 12:14 PM 9/30/2006 -0700, Eliezer wrote:
>>+1 insightful:
>>"Iraq: the world's first Suicide State"
> A learned friend writes:
> <What utter crap.  Violence motivated by the desire to expel foreign invaders
> or colonizers, to restore the historical dominance of one ethnic or
> religious group or to establish a new structure of dominance, or to impose a
> particular set of religious rules--goals which are held by the various
> indigenous factions who are killing people in Iraq--is hardly "fighting for
> nothing in particular."  There isn't one manifesto that fits everybody
> toting a gun or a bomb--there are a number of contending factions--but the
> fact that it can't all be summed up easily in this guy's PowerPoint
> presentation doesn't make it "aimless."  Different participants have
> different aims.  This is far from unusual--consider the various factions
> involved in the South African resistance.>

Fair enough.

  - E

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                          http://singinst.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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