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On “The 1.x-State Solution

No one really gives a carp about the Palestinians, the Soviets and the Saudis funded Fatah on a fifty 50/50 split, neither is really interested in this, which reminds me of a Most Wanted Man, whose text suggests that Chechnya was such a big thing in the 80s

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Seriously, the occupation of Gaza was over eight years ago, now kidnapping Israeli youth, firing rockets into Israel which seems to be the only thing Doha's check seems to cover, that's something else entirely, they aren't building any settlements in Gaza, but as with Khaybar and Yathrib the very notion of any Jewish settlement is Haram,

On “TTD vs TDT 2014.07.19

the most charitable thing that can be said of Friedman's offering, is that intractable regional conflicts, are not unique to the Levant,

On “Open Thread

Israel made peace with Egypt and Jordan, and with the PLO, guess who didn't stick to the deal,

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http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/177456/settlers-one-state-solution

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the Carter Doctrine, because of the Soviet threat to Middle East oil, then it was Iran's threat, which created the proxy war with the Kingdom, defending the Kingdom against Iraq, led to Bin Laden,

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Bacevich uses a lot of shorthand, but which premises do you find particularly wrong, discontinuing the surge in both countries, really caused the insurgents to regroup,

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It had it's moments, some compare it to the Godfather, but if the trailers hold it will be more like a Medieval Breaking Bad of sorts.

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All three are dystopias, the first two deal with perceptions of reality, I've long since remarked how I felt about the latter.

Have you caught any of Tyrant, what did you think?

On “In the future everybody will be right about Iraq for fifteen minutes

well that was one of Hegel's less enlightened remarks, and we know similar sentiments in Der Deutschland have had consequences in the past, the German experiences with the Herero related in 'Gravity's Rainbow' see I didn't go for the obvious play,

re the Middle East, I was reading Anderson's treatment of Lawrence, and his German doppelganger, Prufer, and his campaign to incite jihad in British territories,

On “Open Thread

I was being charitable, I haven't sampled enough of her work, to 'remove all doubt'

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Yes, this oversimplifying of the old question of the vilayets is annoying, but memes are more important than truth,

Stoker, cannot be naive enough to ignore the antistatist message in Atlas Shrugged, I only saw the first installment with Taylor Schilling, so I imagine she is being misleading on purpose,

On “On Perceiving the People and the Army as One Hand in America, Too

Maybe it's more Roman trappings, but Vega's identity seems to be tied with the paramilitaries, that guard the walls

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Actually, the former notion comes out in the comments of our president, a dozen years ago, our secretary of state, half a dozen years ago, the upper class disdain for an institution with petit bourgeois or heaven forbid working class roots, is not far from the surface,

an interesting parallel to the Egyptian situation would be what I could only classify as Gnostic scifi, Dominion, which is a sort of a sequel to the cult film Legion, where Vegas is a militarized citi state, fighting off angels? for the last quarter century

On “In the future everybody will be right about Iraq for fifteen minutes

As for the First Gulf War, that one was less of a success than met the eye, after all, besides the Kuwaitis who are busy funding jihad in Syria, we save Bin Laden, from a righteous hanging from the Republican Guard,

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Well Mesopotamia and Assyria, the cradles of civilization has lasted for 5,000 years, the borders will be different to a degree,

actually surprise, you could never shut the defeatists up, the chill never shut Tim Robbins yap, Michael Moore who bordered on blood libel, as he has in practically every engagement, btw, it turns out there still are chemical weapons in Iraq, now they are in the hands of ISIS, itself a joint venture between the Salafi and the Baath,

On “Open Thread

Well I think the end of Sykes/Picot is a little route, Ottoman geography operated along the side of vilayets (provinces) and the Baghdad one, and the one of Homs, are quite similar, as with the Durand line, the tribes exist along the same border,

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Hassan does not consider the likely possibility that ISIL is the Gulf state's strategy for Iraq, demography trumps geography, the Islamic emirate, will be the twin of the Pashtun state to the far east

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cogitation without realization, is beyond pointless, on the other hand, Samantha Power may have a new postscript to her classic work,
when we debated about the Qazali brothers, I had my reservations, but I had no notion, some one the likes of Abu Dua would be let loose on the world,

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the Salafi wave is following the path of many Ottoman vilayets, from Mosul to Homs, of course if we hadn't invaded Syria, this wouldn't have happened,

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Well the parallels are clearly to the French Revolution from the Terror, to the Directory to Napoleon to restoration, and to a lesser extent Lenin to Stalin to Kruschev, on a longer cylce,

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First, so sorry for your loss,

the KSA, is an alliance between a subset of the Anezi tribe, (the Sauds) and the Ikwan tribes of Arabia, now if say the Mahdi uprising had succeeded in 1979, then it would be more explicitly
Salafi, although 35 years later, one wonders if they would have needed to moderate,

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the problem is we're still in a war, if we were fighting AQ, I might be a little more sanguine about an intervention in Syria,
but basically, we know who all the way seems to 'close the bar' in Afghanistan, in Libya, and Syria if given half the chance, Massoud, Younis and a third player unnamed are unavailable for comment,

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the counterinsurgency strategy and the NSA surveilance web were reasonable decisions, promising to cut the Syrian Gordian Knot
something else again,

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Life imitates Homeland, except Abu Nazir (Sangeen) is dead, probably, and their is no Carrie, you would think a fan of the show wouldn't make the same mistakesm

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