As stated above, I avoid the Debate Forums as much as possible. However, a cursory read through seems to show that both sides are about equally guilty of slinging abuse.
In all honesty, it's precisely because of that tendency that I choose to avoid these forums. I simply came in this time due to seeing my moderator monikor show in an alert and thought, perhaps mistakenly, that gentle chiding might temper the situation somewhat.
If each person involved were to take it upon themselves to rise above the attack/retaliate cycle, no matter what the other posters said or did, the cycle would eventually die. It takes two to tango.
At that, please forgive me for not getting further involved.