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To: Irontank

And most Saudis would replace them with a Wahabi caliphate. So, you advocating that, or is Ron Paul advocating that?


12 posted on 05/20/2007 10:02:39 AM PDT by bnelson44 (http://www.appealforcourage.org)
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“Their presence there over the last 12 years has been a source of enormous difficulty for a friendly government. It’s been a huge recruiting device for al Qaeda.”

The way to fix that is to send MORE troops and outsiders there, to help bring the culture of the country into at least the 19th century, if we can’t bring them all the way into the 21st.


13 posted on 05/20/2007 10:14:54 AM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: bnelson44
And most Saudis would replace them with a Wahabi caliphate. So, you advocating that, or is Ron Paul advocating that?

I've never heard Ron Paul advocate that...have you? What he does recognize is that the US government may not be able to control things to its liking in Saudia Arabia...or the broader middle east. I'm not so sure that "most" Saudis would replace the Saudi royal family with a Wahabbi regime...at least not if that became a realistic possibility. Wahabbism and a strict sharia-governed Islamic caliphate is like Communism...a repugnant ideology that would need to be forced on the Muslim people. As last years NIE stated, the jihadists greatest vulnerability is that the vast majority of Muslims

Four underlying factors are fueling the spread of the jihadist movement: (1) Entrenched grievances, such as corruption, injustice, and fear of Western domination, leading to anger, humiliation, and a sense of powerlessness; (2) the Iraq jihad; (3) the slow pace of real and sustained economic, social, and political reforms in many Muslim majority nations; and (4) pervasive anti-US sentiment among most Muslims.all of which jihadists exploit. Concomitant vulnerabilities in the jihadist movement have emerged that, if fully exposed and exploited, could begin to slow the spread of the movement. They include dependence on the continuation of Muslim-related conflicts, the limited appeal of the jihadists. radical ideology, the emergence of respected voices of moderation, and criticism of the violent tactics employed against mostly Muslim citizens.

The jihadists greatest vulnerability is that their ultimate political solution.an ultra-conservative interpretation of sharia-based governance spanning the Muslim world is unpopular with the vast majority of Muslims. Exposing the religious and political straitjacket that is implied by the jihadists propaganda would help to divide them from the audiences they seek to persuade
--Declassified Key Judgments Of The National Intelligence Estimate, April 2006

18 posted on 05/20/2007 10:52:09 AM PDT by Irontank (Ron Paul for President)
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