The thread is interesting. I like the perspectives on atemi. As an interesting aside, Houston Smith in Religions of the World described Islam in much the manner of Mike's statement: ..."many paths can lead up to the same mountain peak." He went on to say that the path to enlightenment should be different for each person based on their perspective or personality. Given the violent nature of the islamic extremists like the Taliban, I find that an interesting description.
From a Buddhist perspective, I would change "love" to compassion-tonglen practice suggests you try to put yourself in the other person's perspective totally-thus the two becomes one. In such a case, love of the other might then become love of oneself-which might get into the issue of ego. Compassion on the other hand would not necessarily cause that trap.