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Al-Qaida in the Heart of Africa

HermanBB Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 10:14 AM
You cannot defeat radical Islam. * They have no borders * They have no leader to bargain with * We are trying to defeat a fanatical belief system not an identifiable army. Attacks on their beliefs only make them stronger.
"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...