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A sobering (nonpartisan) analysis...

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / August 15, 2004 11:35 PM PDT
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by Del McMullen / August 15, 2004 11:54 PM PDT

In Iraq today "they" are trying to get al-Sadr to
disarm his militia and form a political party. Isn't
this exactly what the article is about ?


In the interim, the bad guys can keep us on edge
forever. Look at the 'evacuation' of the flight in
Chicago. No effort on "their" part. Just a single
individual who simply booked a flight - walked on and
then walked off. Terrorism at it's finest.


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Re: A sobering (nonpartisan) analysis...
by Paul C / August 16, 2004 11:39 AM PDT

Hi, Dave.

It's no great surprise to me. Osama bin Laden has never hidden his desire to restore the Caliphate (of course, by that logic, shouldn't he be upset with the Mongols, who destroyed the Baghdad caliphate in 1423?).

On the other hand, It's much easier to fight a nation-state than it is an amorphous collection of terrorists - as long as they do NOT have nuclear weapons. We have ways to protect and defend against chemical or biological attack - and a chem/bio threat for which there is no defense is as great a threat to the one who uses it as it is to the intended victim.

As long as the Arabs are content with authoritarian/totalitarian modes of government, they'll remain stuck in the morass of backwardsness, corruption and hopelessness in which the nations of the Middle East find themselves today - although such states represent a severe threat in the short run. But what will they do when the oil begins running out? Their only hope for real progress is in a direction towards liberalization and democratization - and that direction is anathema to would-be caliphs like OBL...

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Re: A sobering (nonpartisan) analysis...
by gearup / August 17, 2004 4:45 AM PDT

What is more sobering is that after so much killing and pretend self righteousness we are going to end up with another Saddam. For some reason thats the only kind of ruler some people understand and follow.

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Re: A sobering (nonpartisan) analysis...
by Marty Lofton / August 17, 2004 5:48 AM PDT

Too bad your wisdom is not known in the majority in our bastion of freedom paid for by big multi-national business which really owns America and not 'we the people'.

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