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Old Jul 26th 2016, 06:51 PM
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Coincidentally, this Mid-East/Vietnam analogy is dated yesterday:
https://consortiumnews.com/2016/07/2...bamas-vietnam/
If the Vietnam analogy has any merit, who is playing the all-important role of the USSR?

I don't see any USSR-like figures involved in the Middle East. China is certainly present, but very low profile, entirely peaceful, signing trade deals, and not threatening anyone.

If no one is playing the role of the USSR, then the analogy to Vietnam makes no sense at all. The animating idea of conflict in Vietnam was that the USSR was taking over and America needed to get involved in order to stop that 'domino effect'. USSR or Red China - who is playing that role in the Middle East?
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Old Aug 29th 2016, 09:46 AM
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This reads like a bad joke except for the innocent civilians getting maimed and killed:
http://news.antiwar.com/2016/08/28/p...-unacceptable/
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Old Sep 8th 2016, 03:39 AM
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Maybe when Ash Carter retires as Defense Secretary he can get gigs as a stand-up comic:
http://news.antiwar.com/2016/09/07/u...ational-order/

All the kings horses and all the king's men...
http://news.antiwar.com/2016/09/07/c...ogether-again/
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Old Sep 9th 2016, 06:35 AM
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This Russia Today article calling ISIS tactics evil is almost funny as the West and Russia try to bomb or drone every emerging resistance leader in the Mid-East, killing innocent civilians in the process, and Russia is supporting a guy who dropped chemical weapons and barrel bombs on his own people.
https://www.rt.com/news/358756-sirte...-isis-tactics/

It reminds me of the Viet Cong, who didn't have an air force, being called evil in the US press for using such tactics as wood and bamboo punji sticks on us while we dropped over 7 million tons of bombs and napalm on them and innocent bystanders.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punji_stick
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This Russia Today article calling ISIS tactics evil is almost funny as the West and Russia try to bomb or drone every emerging resistance leader in the Mid-East, killing innocent civilians in the process, and Russia is supporting a guy who dropped chemical weapons and barrel bombs on his own people.
https://www.rt.com/news/358756-sirte...-isis-tactics/

It reminds me of the Viet Cong, who didn't have an air force, being called evil in the US press for using such tactics as wood and bamboo punji sticks on us while we dropped over 7 million tons of bombs and napalm on them and innocent bystanders.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punji_stick
To the US Government, anyone who attacks or opposes US military, US government or US interests are terrorists. That's all there is to it. That's the definition of terrorism. Bombs blowing up in the third world isn't terrorism if no US interests are harmed.
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Old Sep 11th 2016, 03:52 AM
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The Viet Cong resistance, without an air force, was able to beat France and then the US, separately; and the Taliban fended off Russia a while back.

But this time it looks the Taliban, al Qaeda, and other homeboy resistance in the Mid-East will have to take on the world's two largest superpowers at the same time in order to free themselves from foreign occupation.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-midea ... SKCN11G09P
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Debate about Syria is missing Syrians:
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/1...060932842.html
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No one has posted about the US-Russia agreement on Syria?

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Kerry announces US-Russia deal on Syrian ceasefire

The United States and Russia have announced a plan to bring about a ceasefire in Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

"Today we are announcing an arrangement that we think has the capability of sticking, but it's dependent on people's choices," Kerry said Friday in Geneva, Switzerland, appearing alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Kerry said the pact calls for the Syrian government and the opposition to respect a nationwide ceasefire scheduled to take effect at sundown Monday.
The Syrian regime announced its support of the ceasefire deal Saturday, according to the state-run al-Ikhbariya TV.
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The Viet Cong resistance, without an air force, was able to beat France and then the US, separately; and the Taliban fended off Russia a while back.

But this time it looks the Taliban, al Qaeda, and other homeboy resistance in the Mid-East will have to take on the world's two largest superpowers at the same time in order to free themselves from foreign occupation.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-midea ... SKCN11G09P
Support Islamists, do you?

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Old Sep 17th 2016, 01:40 AM
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Support Islamists, do you?

All the Mid-Eastern countries have armies and air forces and Israel even has nukes.

The Americans and the Russians rebelled against elitist royalty, and the Russians helped overthrow colonialism in Africa and Asia. Why should the superpowers try to squash the Arab Spring movement? Why is the Mid-East different?

Why can't the Christianists go home and leave the Middle East for Middle-Easterners to sort out?
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