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    Laker_2Nov 3, 2011 at 1:33 am


    I’ve thought long and hard about how to respond to this post and instead of a number of other options, I will be short and straightforward: As a, “patriotic citizen concerned with the moral direction of (the United States’) foreign policy,” what would you propose the U.S. do to combat the threat of terrorism in the current geo-political climate?

    – Laker_2

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      OpinionDeskNov 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      Thank you for your thoughtful response to my piece “Patriotism vs. Terrorism”. As the opinion editor, direct questions and comments on articles is something I would like to see more of, as the aim of the opinion section is to foster discussion on timely issues.

      In regards to your question, while I assert many things in the piece, I do not pretend to have a perfect solution. It was my aim with this article to not specifically offer concrete solutions, but rather to urge for a restructuring of the discourse surrounding this issue. It is my belief that the way we conceptualize and implement many foreign policy decisions is within a limited scope, and all too often we do not include non-violent actions, such as diplomacy, within the realm of tangible solutions. I feel that some situations may be best served through diplomatic means, and hope that one day we can conceptualize a discussion that is framed by solutions other than warfare.

      If you have further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to respond here, or you may email me at

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      Ricardo Rey SantosApr 8, 2016 at 1:53 pm

      Wow this is deep. And possible the Elites will mark my name on their blacklist, because I shared this piece of mind. I am a Patriot, my deepest feelings are founded to guard our freedom and constitution of Our Nation in richness and poverty. I believe on rights, constitution, and people’s believe. I don’t shed innocent blood to make my point across. That is murder; no matter what. I am not a racist, or on the other hand my identity of Patriot is unclear and a living lie. my respond here is to agreeing with this opinion concept” Patriotism vs Terrorism” they are the wings of one bird. Both are fighting for the same cause. So, we have to back-off from our steps, because we are the terrorist on their Countries. We are going overthere to intimidate them with our presence on their Lands then because one guy said fire to the hole we shoot killing all types of life forms, oops I am a terrorist ! We want to live our life-style in plentity; but we don’t want others to live their life the way they wants. So, we use technicalities that are applied to our Country on their traditional Country to control and demand our wants are we Patriots? That what I thought! This is a very delicate subject to talk about if we want to share light about the true. So send me more open mind talking. I love to talk about.

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