posted on Jan, 5 2009 @ 12:26 PM
Because of the recent increase in hostilities in the middle east, specifically the long-standing Israeli/Plaestinian conflict, there has been a marked
increase in hostility reflected in some posts on AboveTopSecret.com.
Some of this increased hostility is certainly attributable to the intense multi-facted passions inherent in the long-standing disputes and hatreds of
A portion of the increased hostility is also, unfortunately, related to intolerance of a particular religion and/or race.
I need to take this time to remind all of our members that we strive to seek the higher-ground of discussion here on AboveTopSecret.com.
We encourage critical analysis of the policies of governments.
We discourage ethnic bias.
We understand that a harsh opinion of the policies of a government likely do not extend to the race of people governed.
We expect that members do not insult each other, even in the context of a highly passionate topic.
We understand, and tolerate as best we can, pointed exchanges within the context of a highly passionate topic.
We do not, and will not, understand blanket insults thrown in the general direction of all those of a certain ethic group and/or religion.
As you engage in collaborative discussion of the problems currently faced by the people of Gaza and Israel as a result of the actions of those in
power in Government, Religious Leadership, and Regional Authorities, please keep our spirit of intent in mind.
From this point forward, any contributions from members on the topic currently dominating middle east discussion that beyond the boundaries discussed
outlined here is subject to immediate removal... and repeated removals of a member's posts will result in account termination.
Thank you in advance for your consideration and cooperation in ensuring that discussion here on ATS remains focused on the issues, is collaborative,
and is intended for the mutual education of our members and readers.
[edit on 5-1-2009 by SkepticOverlord]