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It is not up to non-muslims to say who or what is Islamic. It is up to Islam. The Koran says that if you repeat the Shahada in Arabic it is not lawful for anyone to doubt that you are a Muslim. Everything the IS does is prohibited in some text and required in other text, so take your pick.
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My Trip to the Pot Shop

Mike1116 Wrote: Mar 26, 2014 2:10 PM
In my youth I would smoke weed whenever it was being passed around (i never bought it). I noticed that it different effects on different personality types. People who were very mental, not very emotional, tense and driven, would be calmed and relaxed by weed and it did not impair them noticeably. However, emotional people who were already very into feeling would be virtually disabled by weed by being overcome with feeling and losing mental clarity and control. Michelle, you are one of my heros.
What do we do if a few or all 4 of our guided missile destroyers is sunk? They are almost safe if they stand 450 miles off of Syria. The most effective weapons against our cruise missiles are stinger type missiles and jet fighters. These are only useful if there is some advance warning the cruise missiles are coming. With our ships far out at sea and Russian ships in between, Syria will get good advance warning. Our budget-busting expensive cruise missiles will get through only if Syria proves to be incompetent. If they get through, they will hit buildings full of hostages. Then Iran promises to retaliate. They have 40,000 Revolutionary Guards pre-positioned South of our border. If each one manages to kill only 10 Americans, that is 400,000 dead Americans in a few days. Think of Mumbai times 1,000
Prior to Hitlers invasion of the USSR, America was content to stay out of the war and the Communists in the US were under orders to maintain that attitude. Afterwards the policy shifted completely, and Soviet agents went to work in both Tokyo and Washington to create a war between the US and Japan to prevent Japan from supporting their ally Germany with an invasion of Siberia. FDR immediately shifted his policy toward Japan from appeasement to confrontation, directly resulting in Pearl Harbor. The highest ranking Soviet spy was the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, who was highly regarded and had the ear of FDR. The declassification of Project Venona reveals there were at least 400 Soviet spies in high ranking positions in the US government and that they could change policy using misinformation.
Under American law and custom, such belligerent declarations can be a justification for a first strike. If nuclear weapons could take out their underground artillery positions and destroy their positions along the DMZ it might be worthwhile. The start of Summer means the wind blows North, which is where fallout would go.
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North Korea Threatens to Attack

Mike1116 Wrote: Mar 30, 2013 2:53 PM
I doubt that N. Korea can produce an inertial guidance system that could guide a rocket to Hawaii or Guam. But it would be easy for them to use a commercially available GPS system to accomplish the same thing. A basic part of our strategic defense should be to shut off the GPS satellites in that part of the world when it is detected that N. Korea has launched missiles. I don't know if that is the plan or how to reach the right person who would make that decision. Hopefully someone who reads this can make the suggestion.
We should regard Islamism as a worse threat than Communism, as a subversive conspiracy. There are many Muslims we would regard as legitimate religionists, but we should be very careful and suspicious. I think that the Night Watch comment from earlier is correct in that people in the Middle East become convinced that the government was behind the offensive film when government officials apologize for it. It is such a big mistake.
Everyone in a responsible position in government or the military should read Night Watch bulletins.
The rumor mill (the wife of a retired general) tells me that Ambassador Stevens turned down a recommendation for beefed up security. I think the security of diplomatic missions should not be in the hands of the ambassadors. Congress could fix this with regulations. We should have learned from Iran. Mobs should never be allowed to breach the walls of diplomatic missions. Some ideas: a permanent minefield inside the wall that can be switched on or off electrically. A ditch of burning oil that runs along the top of the wall. Remote controlled fully automatic shotguns. Sleeping gas to put large crowds to sleep. Anyone caught entering US territory illegally (the compound) should be deported to Mexico.
We had the right idea at first. We supported the Northern Alliance and they did most of the work. The ANA will never be reliable. You cannot make a multicultural country out of Afghanistan. The ethnic militias are the only forces that can be relied on to be loyal to whatever the leadership directs. They are like our National Guard or most of our soldiers in the Civil War where the men of each unit came from the same locality and their families all knew each other. Each man knew he and his family could never live it down if he were cowardly or disloyal. We should forget about Karzai and give all support and power to local leaders. Led the local leaders create the level of government over them.
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