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Avoiding the Wars That Never End

Judester Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 6:28 AM
I think you, George Friedman, should study why Japan does not have a muslim problem.
SdAufKla Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 1:23 PM
The reason why those countries do not have a radical Islamic problem is because they are all racially, culturally, and religiously homogeneous. They are all insular in how they restrict / allow immigration and legal residency for non-citizens or how accepting their cultures are to foreign influences.

Also, they do not represent, in the eyes of radical Muslims, a cultural-export threat like the United States (and to a lesser extent, Western Europe) and are therefore not top-tier targets.
Pistol Wrote: Jan 20, 2013 8:58 AM
Neither does Iceland, or Switzerland, or Finland. The reason is simple. These countries are choosy about whom they let enter. They control their borders in many ways, including removing most reasons for a foreigner to try to go there to improve their economic situation. We used to do the same. After WWII, half the world wanted to emigrate to the US. Guys like Von Braun and Kurt Debus were welcome. Illiterate law breakers were not. The same laws that worked in 1950 are on the books and would solve the problem again, merely by being enforced.

Last week, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that the United States would transfer the primary responsibility for combat operations in Afghanistan to the Afghan military in the coming months, a major step toward the withdrawal of U.S. forces. Also last week, France began an intervention in Mali designed to block jihadists from taking control of the country and creating a base of operations in France's former African colonies.

The two events are linked in a way that transcends the issue of Islamist insurgency and points to a larger geopolitical shift. The United States is not just drawing down its combat...

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