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The Truth Behind the New Islamic Flashpoints

JustMC Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 10:41 AM
What utter garbage. All this talk of our needing "influence" in the world is a BS code word. The only "influence" our NATION has is in this context is what you garner from making threats. "Influence" is code for extortion. Why do we need "influence" to compete in a marketplace? American companies can compete by COMPETING. And by the way, if you want to make big bets overseas with lots of capital? RISK IT YOURSELF! The world is a dangerous place. If someone renegs on a contract and you need force, lobby for it or hire mercenaries. Leave the American soldier out of it. You don't cut him in on your private profits, leave him out of the risk.
Reginald10 Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 3:46 PM
"American companies can compete by COMPETING."

Right. We make the better product, they give the bigger bribe. Who do you suppose wins?
JustMC Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 10:48 AM
Oops, "reneges" not "renegs."
JustMC Wrote: Sep 19, 2012 10:46 AM
Second point. What on Earth is THIS?

Nasrallah: "There should be resolutions adopted in top international institutions, which are binding on all states and governments in the world, to forbid the defamation of religions."

MS. Marsden's response: "Those laws already exist around the world in functional democracies, and they're good enough."

What laws do you mean? What does "good enough" mean? How about free speech? If you refer simply to responsible laws about libel and slander, with a HEAVY burden of proof on the prosecution, you should be FAR more clear about it. Calling them "appropriate" not "good enough" as if tipping the scale against free speech would be better.

The CIA claims that it never saw the storm coming, but Canadian intelligence sure did.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird landed in Vladivostok, Russia, earlier this month for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and had barely stepped off the plane when he announced that Canada would be pulling its diplomats out of Iran and closing its embassy while kicking all Iranian diplomats out of Canada.

At the time, some thought that maybe the minister had a few too many mini vodkas on the ride over. Several days later, when protests and embassy attacks erupted in Islamic nations, and the...