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Al-Qaida in the Heart of Africa

Fooling Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 8:16 AM
Isn't that their own business? So long as they do not interfere with others? Yes, many do . . . and if somebody kills, hunt them down and kill them. But otherwise, let it be. Not our affair. If you want, you can go over there, convert them to Christianity (by example, which at this point may mean losing your head, but many missionaries have), and let it stop there.
"For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction" is Newton's third law of physics.

Its counterpart in geopolitics is "blowback," when military action in one sphere produces an unintended and undesirable consequence in another.

September 11, 2001, was blowback.

George H.W. Bush had sent an army of half a million to hurl Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait, a triumph. He proceeded to impose severe sanctions on the Iraqis and to build U.S. bases in Saudi Arabia.

"Infidel" soldiers on sacred Islamic soil and the suffering of the Iraqi people under American sanctions were two of the causes Osama bin...