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Al-Qaida in the Heart of Africa

Maximus2 Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 11:22 AM
Bring our troops home from the Middle East, Germany, and let us not get involved in yet some thing else in Mali. Perhaps we are over due in addressing our cost and committment to the World over and above the interests of the American people.
Ann Anon Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 11:33 AM
That is the key phrase: "over and above the interests of the American people." They are very effectively killing off each other. Wait until the dust clears and negotiate with whats left standing. The survivors may be much easier to manage after they have expended their gold, their lives and any chance of survival.
Doug4749 Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 12:47 PM
So, you would try to negotiate with jihadists? What has happened in the past 1600 years that would lead you to believe negotiation with the 'religion of the perpetually pi$$ed' is actually possible?
RyanM Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 12:59 PM
True Conservative! Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 11:30 PM
Not successfully, they don't! What's the definition of a moderate Arab ... one who only holds a grudge for four generations! I think that's an understatement, however, as they seem to hold them for at least a thousand years!
"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...