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RE: Report: Bush talked of bombing Al-Jazeera
Actually, the "issue at hand" is the characteristic Bush Administration response to dissent (or even inconvenient information): crush it at all costs.
Your remarks concerning tolerance would be amusing if a thoroughgoing--maybe even studied--ignorance did not underlie current U.S. policies in the larger world. Unfortunately, understanding precedes tolerance and no trend toward understanding may be perceived in U.S. foreign-policy discourse.
One doesn't "buy into" Al-Jazeera just because one reads it any more than one "buys into" any other news source. Al-Jazeera is "remarkably" sensible simply in the context of U.S. propaganda which maintains--as you do--that it's full of "evil ideas". You've yet to demonstrate a single one.
This is why the Bush Administration would rather bomb its opponents (real or imagined) than debate them in any forum of ideas. The military forces of the U.S. remain generally overwhelming, unlike its once-vaunted moral authority. That should make you as sad as it does me.