[quote=“BroonAle”][quote=“jdsmith”]I respect Bobby Sands for starving himself to death over principle as I respect the courage of the 911 pilots for flying straight into a fucking building at 400MPH.
Would you like a bigger shovel? Do you respect suicide bombers for the ‘courage’ of their convictions too? Have you designed your bumper stickers yet? T-shirt?
I make no bones about the fact that I often post crap just for a laugh but that, JD, was one of your least judicious posts… :loco:
I imagine you have stronger feelings about it being a Brit than I do not being one. Bobby Sands being an IRA member causes little if any emotional reaction in me.
If I wish to look at individual acts from the human condition, then it is my choice; but I hope you can see that I am removing ALL political connections from MY POV…not theirs. To give or take one’s own life is not an easy task, and to do so NOT under the “control” of an outside source…well it says something about the level of one’s belief…
As for suicide bombers…what happens to them if they fail? Are they welcomed home or murdered for disobediance? And suicide bombers prey on noncombatants mostly and that is not cool with me. The IRA did too, however Bobby starving himself did not. I think you can see the difference.
Courage is courage; courage of one’s convictions, in BS’s case, starving himself to death does IMHO deserve a certain amount of respect, just as the monks who immolated themselves did during the Vietnam war. I doubt I could manage either of those things.
Again, I will admit that I do need a shovel as I let my lips flap too freely about Bobby. He was cast as a hero in the States at the time…I should have thought more about it.
My apologies for my stupidity and any offense it caused in your good self Broonale.