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Yeah because the last thing we want is for muslims to start killing each other. What a shame that would be. And it would be such a shame if that caused trouble for Russia's jihadist shiite Iranian allies, and the Islamofascist Syrian Assad regime. That would suck.
1 posted on 12/23/2011 11:23:53 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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Smiley - Popcorn
2 posted on 12/23/2011 11:28:05 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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We can only hope. If and when the grown-ups are ever in charge again of our country, this may be exploited to our advantage.


3 posted on 12/23/2011 11:28:46 AM PST by Spok (From hope and change to change is hopeless. In just the first term.)
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potentially catastrophic rift between Sunni and Shi’ite Muslims

There goes our "Target rich environment".

4 posted on 12/23/2011 11:31:44 AM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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I shall drink to that.


5 posted on 12/23/2011 11:32:52 AM PST by Christian1
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I shall drink to that.


6 posted on 12/23/2011 11:33:38 AM PST by Christian1
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Sunni Turkey v. Shi'a Iran?

Tsarist Russia battled the Ottoman Empire, Soviet Russia's conquests were thwarted by the modern Republic of Turkey and NATO.

Meanwhile the Soviet Union helped bring down the Shah in Iran, with a little help from Jimmah, and continue arming the Islamic Republic of Iran today.

I think that today's Russia wants good relations with Turkey, will the Russians help prevent problems? What benefits the organized crime in Russia I guess will be the deciding factor.

7 posted on 12/23/2011 11:37:00 AM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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The United States government is so oblivious to world trends and what is going on. No such thing as “think things through” or anticipating “unintended consequences”. Just do what feels good and seems cool at the time. The State Department has long been a joke; intransigent; marches to their own drummer irrespective of who is President. If someone gets out of line, they (and/or CIA) leak or do worse to defeat their technical leader. Countries like China and Russia are serious about coherent, long-range foreign policy. We are not.


8 posted on 12/23/2011 11:37:38 AM PST by shalom aleichem
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Yep. The Russians play footsie with Iran, but they're terrified of muslim Chechens and Kosovars/Albanians. I first noticed that years ago .... This thread tells me why - finally. "Привычка свыше нам дана. Замена счастию она"
9 posted on 12/23/2011 11:48:19 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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obama...they’re starting to notice....


14 posted on 12/23/2011 12:55:44 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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But, but, but ..... the Arab Springs was all about idealistic college students that love freedom.

/sarc


16 posted on 12/23/2011 2:11:47 PM PST by mykroar (I believe in the simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it.)
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I guess Russia has manipulated itself into a corner.


17 posted on 12/23/2011 2:16:30 PM PST by Crucial
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