Tom Martin 
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Re: “UNC protests present debate of law versus morality

OK, then have a war memorial to all the dead on both sides in the civil war. But that particular war memorial on the university campus was raised in the name of racism. Anyway, Germany sure does not have statues of civilian and military leaders of WWII. So let's take down the statues of the civilian and military leaders of the Confederacy.
And as far as the Japanese flag is concerned, it is the traditional flag of Japan, long before Japan invaded China. The US flag is almost identical, just with some more stars, as the flag under which US waged imperialist wars and committed atrocities, against various small Indian nations. And under which millions of non-white slaves were held and suffered. And why don't you complain that the flag of Italy is the same one as under which the fascist government waged war and committed atrocities under? And Belgium has the same family as head of state as the king under which millions of blacks were massacred in the misnamed Congo Free State.

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Posted by Tom Martin on September 6, 2018 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Charleston police commit to improving relations with LGBTQ community after trans woman's assault

That's right, Lynnar. Nobody should be assaulted. Does not matter if they wear a Trump tee shirt or an Obama tee shirt, etc.

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Posted by Tom Martin on September 6, 2018 at 7:13 PM

Re: “UNC protests present debate of law versus morality

Are there war memorials in Germany commemorating the German army of WWII which fought so tragically for the glory of the Aryan race? I doubt it. Surely no statues of Nazi leaders or WWII generals, they would not allow it. So why do we allow the Confederate statues? They are just as bad.

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Posted by Tom Martin on September 6, 2018 at 9:59 AM

Re: “South Carolina should buy new voting machines now

OK, the war to liberate Iraq turned out to be a big mistake, it did not turn out well, it led to too much civil war because of unhappy Sunnis who did not want to be ruled by Shiites, supporting al-Qaida radicals, then after the al-Qaida radicals were defeated, Iraq kicked out our troops, then a faction of al-Qaida formed a new radical dangerous group, ISIS, this then conquered a large part of Iraq, thanks to some help of unhappy Sunnis, who did not want to be ruled by Shiites, and so then we had to help them fight ISIS. What a mess. People like G W Bush, Cheney, McCain, Graham and others did not count on the fact that when democracy comes to Iraq, the Shiites, being the majority there, will rule and the Sunnis will be very unhappy under their rule. Too much distrust between the Sunnis and Shiites. It was also Saddam's fault, he was a Sunni, and he favored his Sunnis and oppressed the Shiites terribly. At least he favored the Arab Sunnis, not the Kurd Sunnis, who are another minority there, and don't like much either Arab Sunnis or the Arab Shiites, they would prefer to gain independence. So more trouble for Iraq.
In short, the war to liberate Iraq turned out to be a huge mistake. And another problem is that now the Arab Shiites tend to like more the Shiite Iranians than they like the Americans. Basically only the Kurds like us, and the Yazidis. The Yazidis got slaughtered terribly by ISIS, which is a Muslim Sunni sect which believes that all non-Muslims are evil, and all non-Sunni Muslims are not true Muslims, and are evil too, so both deserve to die. The al-Qaida sect has a similar doctrine. It is sad, so much hate. So anyway, the war to liberate Iraq led to huge tragedies, a huge mistake. Well, nobody is perfect. McCain was a brave war hero, tortured in POW prison, as others testified, so he did not make it up, all of them were tortured. Torture is so barbaric, I am shocked that G W Bush approved torture. Our family escaped from a country, where many prisoners, including political prisoners, were tortured, we did not expect that one day we would have a president here who would himself approve torture, in Guantanamo and many other prisons. McCain opposed torture, very good of him. The North Vietnamese commies offered to release him, but he refused as long as other POW's are not released. That was so brave of him. But when he approved the liberation of Iraq, that was a big mistake. Well, nobody is perfect, everybody makes errors, even big errors sometimes. I don't know if there is life after death, but I hope McCain has a better life after death. And I hope G W Bush repents of his tortures. Trump likes torture too, but I think he is incapable of repentance. Too bad.
In any case, basically all Republicans approved the war to liberate Iraq, and many Democrats too, including Hillary Clinton. Not Obama. And now they generally regret the war. Too late. We now have to live with the results of the war. It was a terrible mistake.

Posted by Tom Martin on September 2, 2018 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Looking for votes, S.C. Democrats' priorities aren't in order

Moroccans, Algerians and Tunisians did plenty of slave raids during the 18th and 19th century. And had plenty of slaves. That is why America did the war against the Barbary Pirates there. In Mauritania plenty of Arabs still own slaves, even though even there slavery has been outlawed, but the ban is not really being enforced. Saudi Arabia banned slavery decades ago, and that ban was enforced well.

Posted by Tom Martin on September 2, 2018 at 6:51 AM

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