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Al-Qaida in the Heart of Africa

RyanM Wrote: Jan 18, 2013 12:58 PM
Well, this is easy to solve. The US should stay the hell out of Mali and let those who were so damn gung ho to remove Qadaffi to clean up the mess. That's France and Britain. At the time the religious nuts started their uprising against Qadaffi there were folks who warned that these "freedom fighters" were up to no good and removing Qadaffi would only be a repeat of the Iraq debacle with arms depots and ASPs looted. It's funny how these idiot "leaders" of the West can't seem to learn this. On the other hand, maybe this chaos is exactly what they want.
"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...