Saturday, January 14, 2012

14 January 2012 Cleaned up for public consumption

How the Marines video made the Afghan war even tougher
By Timothy Kudo, Published: January 13

We’re all guilty of dehumanizing the enemy
By Sebastian Junger, Published: January 13

How the West should answer Iran’s nuclear aggression
By Ray Takeyh, Published: January 13
Ray Takeyh is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
The perennial conflict between Iran and the West has entered a dangerous new phase, with tensions rising in the Persian Gulf since Iran has threatened retaliation for last week’sassassination of a chemical engineer linked to the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. What accounts for Iran’s behavior? Behind all the sound and fury, Tehran is diligently pursuing a three-track policy that involves provocation of the international community and making noises about diplomacy as it relentlessly marches toward the bomb…”

Cassi Creek:  The march to armed conflict with Iran seems focused upon an ever-tightening belt of weaponry, need to maintain sea-lanes, and election year posturing and realities on our part; opposing a similar set-up of weaponry, religious fanaticism, and millenniums-old anger at loosing the wars with ancient Greece, setting the east and west on divergent paths toward civilization. 
          The Iranian resentment at not being regarded by the West as a world power is displayed in their propaganda and public pronouncements.  However, they should look at their present situation and realize that only oil and location makes them of any interest to any other nation, or any other group of Westerners except Christian missionaries. 
          Rather than drop bombs on Iran, I’d drop missionaries, dealing with two sets of religious fanatics at once.

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