posted on Nov, 16 2005 @ 11:28 PM
Ok, so I'm and new member, and this is my introduction.
I haven't a clue what I should really say here or what it's really ok to say.
I'm from the US. I'm Christian, mostly conservative but with some strong environmentalist leanings. I enjoy getting into educated debates about
serious subjects, but I abhor personal attacks.
Personal attacks, to damage the credibility of a speaker, are used by people who don't have an honest answer for the speaker but who still
vehemently disagree with him/her.
As my name implies, I enjoy getting to the bottom of things and stripping away the hype, spin, and smoke used to create acceptable images for people
I can speak fairly intelligently on politics, history, military and strategic issues, Islam and Christianity, and a few other things. I've studied
the basic CFR/Trilateral Commission/Illuminati conspiracies since I was a child, but I'm rather skeptical of theories about aliens, magical power
sources, and so on.
On the other hand, I know something's going on out there (Area 51, etc), but I'm very uncertain if this is really a good place to have serious
discussions about that. After all, despite the ATS site name, how much really Top Secret or above stuff has been posted here? Would anyone who had
access to it really divulge it on such an insecure forum as this - and so risk going to jail?
Questions that probably no one has an answer to.
Oh, another thing I like to talk about is, "Who gets to define the terms?" of any discussion. After all, there is a saying, "He who gets to define
the terms, wins the argument."
For instance, "Terrorism." What does that really mean? Isn't one person's terrorist another person's freedom fighter? I saw one definition
recently that I do like: "Terrorism is violence which we don't approve of." So whoever gets to dominate the discussion medium gets to enforce
their standard for what that means.
National sovereignty is another thing I like to talk about: What does that really mean, and why is it that only nation states have the right to wage
war? Are some nations more equal than others? What happens when one country exercises its right to national sovereignty at the expense of another
country's national sovereignty? Does might make right?
Oh, here's a good one: Religious Freedom. Should we continue to have religious freedom if the free exercise of one religion (say, Islam) inevitably
results (by doctrine) in the taking away of religious freedom from other groups (Christians, Jews, Hindus, etc)? If the founding fathers of the USA
had known about the habits of other religions, such as Islam, would the US still have religious freedom?
Ok. That's probably enough of an introduction, but that's how I think and some of the stuff I'm interested in.