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RE: [APD] Re: Cop Rant

Our reactions to situations are a function of our experience(s) in the
world, nature and nurture, etc. Had you couched your comments in the
framework you mention, I believe your response would have been quite
different. Especially after 9/11, most Americans are pretty protective
of our cops, firemen, and troops. Although your initial comments might
have been interpreted by some as insensitive or insulting, clearly based
upon your own experience, the comments were valid and sadly, accurate.

I don't think there's anyone here who would take issue with your
comment, taken within the context you cite.


Bob Crosby 

-----Original Message-----
From: aquatic-plants-bounces+rtcrosby=charter_net at actwin.com
[mailto:aquatic-plants-bounces+rtcrosby=charter_net at actwin.com] On
Behalf Of CameronM
Sent: Friday, April 30, 2004 8:00 AM
To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
Subject: [APD] Re: Cop Rant

OK, I read the rest of all your comments and I'm embarassed that I
offended you all with my blunt comment. I see that most of the comments
were from Americans who are known to be very patriotic and so I do
understand your dissapointment. Maybe you do have a wonderful police
force, I would'nt know this as I have never visited the USA.

On the flipside, I spent half my life growing up in apartheid South
Africa where police brutality was rife, it was ugly and violent and its
a very difficult issue to forget. 10 Years after our Democratic
elections and living in the "New South Africa" it still gets under my
skin. Maybe our younger generation has more respect for the cops but its
just not that easy to shake off old resentments, especially considering
how ruthless and brutal our "police force" was. I've seen video footage
from some of the apartheid upheavels and it will make a grown man
cringe. Not that I'm trying to justify my comment but thats really where
it came from.

I will in future curb my enthusiastic comments and am deeply apologetic
for being so insensitive. Please accept my humble apologies.

Kindest Regards
Cameron James
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