At the risk of starting another flame war, I'd like to ask people across the political spectrum to try and show some respect for the intelligence and innate human dignity of your fellow LISNewsters. I'd like to suggest some guidelines that I try to use in commenting on stories and journal postings:
1) Never use profanity unless you are quoting someone else.
2) Don't use Clintonesque hair-splitting to explain why "F You" or "Eat S and Die" aren't really profanity. It's the thought and emotional connotation that counts.
3) If you don't think a news story is appropriate to LISNews, say so and explain why instead of railing against the liberal/conservative Powers That Be(tm).
4) Argue on the basis of facts and evidence than barking against the source. Rush Limbaugh and Michael Moore are both correct when they say the sky is blue. Calling them a fascist/communist doesn't change the color of the sky.
I have nothing to say about the "smash of civilizations" post itself, but it's painful to watch people irrationally going for each others' throats. Thanks to the few people who tried to make a rational and polite discussion of the issues at hand.