Thursday, July 17, 2008

Quote of the Day

"The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity and suffering of others. Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent, is not innate; nor, history tells us, is it unique to a particular culture, religion, or ethnicity. It may find expression in a particular brand of violence, and may be channeled by particular demagogues or fanatics. Most often, though, it grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair."

Barack Obama

"For a sincere Muslim, guns, warfare and weaponry are a means of defense, a means of deliverance and something which enables him to carry out the obligation of the Jihad... There is no excuse deep down, just reaping the benefits of life in the West. I was not content with the idea of a 9-to-5 life where you just put on a smiley face..."

Momin Khawaja, Ontario terrorist who worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs as a software developer.