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Russian soldiers take over Crimean airports: minister
Marketwatch ^ | Feb. 28, 2014, 3:59 a.m. EST | Lukas I. Alpert

Posted on 02/28/2014 4:19:10 AM PST by Zhang Fei

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To: sunmars

This would be one of those times when it is not good to have Obama in the White House.


51 posted on 02/28/2014 1:08:51 PM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

No..the “blackest mark” on American jurisprudence was the FDR’s establishment of the “Trading with the Enemy Act” (which is still in effect today), against US citizens to confiscate our gold in 1933, though most are unaware of it.


52 posted on 02/28/2014 1:20:42 PM PST by ResisTyr ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God " ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Sacajaweau
They're nuts.

I wouldn't be so quick to condemn the Ukrainian people. Fit me a for tinfoil hat if you must, but I suspect this is all being ginned up by Western intelligence services and others with an ax to grind with Putin.

53 posted on 02/28/2014 1:48:06 PM PST by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: Forgotten Amendments

Oh I agree with you. Obama wants so bad to stick it to Putin.


54 posted on 02/28/2014 1:52:28 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Zhang Fei

Don’t worry! Barack Al-Obama will draw a red line in the sand to stop the Russkies!


55 posted on 02/28/2014 2:27:02 PM PST by 2harddrive
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To: Sacajaweau
Oh I agree with you. Obama wants so bad to stick it to Putin.

Actually, Obama doesn't much care what anyone does outside of the US - his view is that the US is a negative influence on world affairs and needs to be cut down to size. In that respect, many Russophiles and Putin fans on Free Republic agree with him.

56 posted on 02/28/2014 2:28:42 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: 2harddrive
Don’t worry! Barack Al-Obama will draw a red line in the sand to stop the Russkies!

There's no need for US troops to get involved, and it would be dangerous to jump in directly. It's not clear yet whether Ukrainians will fight for their territorial integrity. If they do, we should send them money and weapons. The Afghans outlasted the Russians on a measly few billion dollars of foreign aid.

57 posted on 02/28/2014 2:35:05 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

“Buying oil via supertankers is what developing countries do.”

The UK ran out of fuel last winter and had no choice but to buy in the spot market. So buying energy on the international market is not something that only developing countries do. The energy companies didn’t buy enough for the storage tanks to meet the demand for a record-cold winter. And it’s not the government that pays for the fuel, it’s the energy companies, so it doesn’t mater that the UK has 10x more per capita income as compared to Bumf*ck, Egypt. That increased cost must ultimately be paid by the consumer. That’s the reason that the fuel poverty index exists.


58 posted on 02/28/2014 2:39:25 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave
And it’s not the government that pays for the fuel, it’s the energy companies, so it doesn’t mater that the UK has 10x more per capita income as compared to Bumf*ck, Egypt. That increased cost must ultimately be paid by the consumer. That’s the reason that the fuel poverty index exists.

My point is that as a citizen of a wealthy industrialized country, the British consumer and/or taxpayer isn't going to sweat the 10%-20% price difference.

59 posted on 02/28/2014 2:52:58 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

>>Because Russians have already killed 100K Americans via Korea and Vietnam, not to mention poisoned much of the world’s minds against the US via extremely effective propaganda?<<

Wasn’t it too long time ago?

>>Ultimately, unlike Russia’s efforts in Afghanistan and Ukraine, the US was never going to annex either Iraq or Afghanistan, so there was never a prospect of a long term war in either of those two locations.<<

Yep, sure. Russia was never going to annex either Cuba and Venezuela and there was never a prospect of a long term war in either of two locations. For the very same reason.

>>And the Iraqi and Afghan insurgents got all the supplies they needed via their porous borders.<<

Not from Russia for sure. In fact, at least in case of Afghanistan, US forces are largely dependant on Russian intelligence? Not to mention supplies via Russia territory, because it is more reliable than via ‘allied’ Pakistan.

>>Given the number of restive (and violent) minorities in Russia proper, there are a lot of things the US could do to make trouble.<<

Yep, sure. McCain and a number of people in State Dept and other bodies does. I don’t think that an American-Chechen peace group was ever disbanded after Beslan massacre. And McCain voiced support for a communist crowd, trying to overthrow Putin’s government in 2012 in Moscow. A US ambassador to Moscow spends more time chatting with communists, anarchists and other -ists than he does with Russian authorities. Yet, you are awaiting any pro-American stance from Russia.


60 posted on 02/28/2014 3:01:35 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: Zhang Fei

Crimea was never Ukrainian in the first place.
88% of the population is Russian or Russophones, 98% speak Russian.

Guess where is Yalta situated?
In Crimea, for god’s sake!


61 posted on 02/28/2014 3:05:47 PM PST by Marguerite ( When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Zhang Fei
Ukraine will be assimilated by the Borg Russia. Resistance Is Futile.
62 posted on 02/28/2014 3:06:20 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: Marguerite

Crimea is Ukrainian now. Regardless of the past, it is currently now part of Ukraine. That most of Crimeans are ethnically Russian doesn’t give Russia the right to invade with troops. Like I said before, that line of reasoning is wrong. It would mean that Mexico has the right to roll troops into the U.S. southwest because the majority there are hispanic. See? It doesn’t work that way.


63 posted on 02/28/2014 3:07:43 PM PST by joseph20 (...to ourselves and our Posterity...)
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To: 2harddrive

“Barack Al-Obama will draw a red line in the sand to stop the Russkies!”

How is Ukraine the Barak’s business, anyway? Far, far away from home ...


64 posted on 02/28/2014 3:09:06 PM PST by Marguerite ( When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: joseph20

Might is right.
America knows this saying too well.
It practiced it for so long.


65 posted on 02/28/2014 3:11:14 PM PST by Marguerite ( When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Marguerite

I hope Ukraine is mighty enough to maintain itself and its own territory against the Russian invasion!


66 posted on 02/28/2014 3:13:21 PM PST by joseph20 (...to ourselves and our Posterity...)
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To: joseph20

“See? It doesn’t work that way.”
On the contrary, IT WORKS.

Are you going to pull the Russians out of Crimea? Be their guests.


67 posted on 02/28/2014 3:13:32 PM PST by Marguerite ( When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Marguerite

I understand the might is right philosophy, trust me. I know that it works. But I hope that something can be done to defend Ukraine against the Russian invasion. I don’t know what that something is, since I think Russia is willing to pay a high price for capturing the Crimea. This is a tough situation!


68 posted on 02/28/2014 3:15:45 PM PST by joseph20 (...to ourselves and our Posterity...)
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To: joseph20

“I hope ...”

Hope springs eternal.
Real politics doesn’t.
Ukraine has not the military strenght to oppose Russia’s.


69 posted on 02/28/2014 3:16:41 PM PST by Marguerite ( When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Zhang Fei

“My point is that as a citizen of a wealthy industrialized country, the British consumer and/or taxpayer isn’t going to sweat the 10%-20% price difference.”

You’re not paying attention.

UK weather: 31,000 people DIED of the cold last winter

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uk-weather-31000-people-died-2852677#ixzz2ucszzqkN

If you think that death toll is something that a consumer won’t sweat, you are clueless. That’s a big deal in the UK. People dying because they can’t keep warm due to rising energy prices may cost the Tories the next election.

My point is that if Russia turns off the natural gas, governments across the EU may fall. That includes Georgia.


70 posted on 02/28/2014 3:16:45 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: 2harddrive

“Don’t worry! Barack Al-Obama will draw a red line in the sand to stop the Russkies!”

Obama’s proven to be ridiculously weak. Russia can nuke Ukraine and Obama will say “I never said there would be costs”...

The US media will cheer Obama’s “BRILLIANT!” handling of the situation, and call anyone that doesn’t agree a “Racist that hates the idea of a black president!”


71 posted on 02/28/2014 3:19:22 PM PST by tcrlaf (Well, it is what the Sheeple voted for....)
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To: Marguerite
Map of Ukraine, with the percentage of the russophone population, whose mother tongue is Russian:


72 posted on 02/28/2014 3:20:43 PM PST by Marguerite ( When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Zhang Fei; Viennacon

Yep. Pinochet was the good guy. Allende was the skilled gunman who shot himself in the back with the gun that Fidel gave him.


73 posted on 02/28/2014 3:41:19 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Marguerite
"Crimea Hawaii was never Ukranian American in the first place."

And your point is?

74 posted on 02/28/2014 4:39:29 PM PST by Palmetto Patriot
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To: Marguerite

Of course we look at reality unvarnished by hope. Ukraine never really depended upon itself to defend her own territory against Russia. The idea all along has been for Ukraine to align with the US, EU, NATO, and the UN. There is a treaty. To be real, I’d say Russia can get away with this unless Putin tries to push into more territory than just Crimea. The only cost to Russia will be various sanctions. To Russia, apparently, this cost is worth the benefit of control over Crimea.


75 posted on 02/28/2014 4:47:06 PM PST by joseph20 (...to ourselves and our Posterity...)
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To: joseph20
"It would mean that Mexico has the right to roll troops into the U.S. southwest because the majority there are hispanic. See? It doesn’t work that way."

Actually, Mexico has been rolling very irregular troops across the US border for a long time and with the complicity of much of the American leadership.

76 posted on 02/28/2014 4:53:51 PM PST by Truth29
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To: Marguerite
"Hope springs eternal.

Real politics doesn’t.

Ukraine has not the military strenght to oppose Russia’s."

Czechoslovakia had not the military strength to oppose Germany.

How did that work out?

77 posted on 02/28/2014 5:09:18 PM PST by Palmetto Patriot
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To: sergeantdave
The headline is misleading, as is your interpretation that home heating was the cause. Winter puts great stresses on the body. Here's the relevant passage:

There were 18,000 winter-related female deaths, a rise from 13,610 the previous year. Meanwhile, the number of excess male deaths was 13,100 - a rise from 10,590 observed in 2011/12.

This nets out to an increase of 7,000 people, out of a population of 63m people or a .01% increase, year-to-year. Sounds like they were just unprepared for the sub-freezing weather outdoors, which is actually somewhat atypical for England (where 5/6 of the population lives), which usually doesn't experience a freeze for more than a few days at a time.

For what it's worth, the Mirror is a far-left wing paper formerly headed up by CNN's Piers Morgan. Whining about the latest Tory outrage is its bread-and-butter.

78 posted on 02/28/2014 5:14:36 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

Uhmmm...Do we really want to rub Russia’s feathers the wrong way at this time?
Cold war is over. We lost.


79 posted on 02/28/2014 5:21:30 PM PST by SisterK (behold a pale horse)
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To: Zhang Fei

Russian troops are on the ground in the Ukraine. They took two airports and have been flying in transports of more troops. They are there and Putin has outmaneuvered the weak Obama and the EU. Even as Obama and Kerry continue to drone on about, “You better not do this,” Putin has already done it. So what do we do to keep all of Ukraine from falling in a a domino effect and eastern Europe being dominated by Russia?

1) Immediately have the US and the EU confer with Ukraine and tell them to NOT attack the Russian troops in the Crimea. Have them immediately mobilize their forces to their borders and take up positions and prepare and make any further Russian aggression have to come through their prepared positions. Right now the Crimea is lost, and attacking them there will only invite a much larger invasion and the potential loss of all of the Ukraine.

2) The US should immediately start flying C-17s into Kiev (the Ukraine Capitol) loaded with advisors, provisions, trainers, and a a security force for those people. We cannot get enough people there to stop Putin at this point, but we can show him that the price for taking the Ukraine has now gone up and would be too steep for him.

3) Have the NATO and Euopean countries (Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain) do the same thing (Number 2) at other critical points throughout the Ukraine.

4) Immediately move to make the rest of the Ukraine a part of NATO.

5) Hasten the Ukraine’s entry into the EU.

These measures will block Putin now, and hold him where he is with the gains he has made. It is not likely that the Ukraine will get the Crimea back, no more than Georgia will got its two lost provinces back. But we can limit the damage and build a strong coalition of the Baltic States, Poland, Hungary , Slovakia, the Czech Republic and western Europe to stop Russia where it is.

Otherwise we may see the whole of the Ukraine go over...and that would bne the first step in a process for Russia to once again establish a buffer between itself and western Europe.

Folks, when you elect a man who sat with the Russian Prime Minister Medvedev, just before the 2012 Elections, and told him...when he thought he was off microphone...that after the elections, he, Obama, “would be a lot more flexible,” with Putin...this is what you get.

We need to neuter this guy politically in 2014, and then run he and his ilk out of the White House for good in 2016. If we do not, things will get worse...much worse.


80 posted on 02/28/2014 5:27:08 PM PST by Jeff Head
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To: Zhang Fei

For the best part of two hundred years people have assumed Russia was washed up and would be a pushover in a war.

Ask Napoleon and Hitler how that worked out for them.

Russia has a nasty habit of turning round and handing out a god-awful smackdown to enemies who have pushed it too far. Trying to oxter the Crimea out of Russian hands would be an absolute red line and insanely foolish.

I don’t like Russia and I am certainly not one of the Putin fan-boys who pop up here regularly but any western intervention in the Ukraine would be a foolish, foolish mistake. If the Ukrainians are that insistent on holding on to Crimea let them fight for it themselves. The rest of us don’t have a dog in that fight.


81 posted on 02/28/2014 5:32:19 PM PST by PotatoHeadMick
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To: Zhang Fei

“For what it’s worth, the Mirror is a far-left wing paper formerly headed up by CNN’s Piers Morgan. Whining about the latest Tory outrage is its bread-and-butter.”

Your analysis and subsequent statement is on target. Regardless, 31,000 deaths, true or not, will sway people to attack the current government and throw them out on their ear. That makes your math, although correct, incorrect. You won’t be able to save Osbourne’s or Cameron’s butts.

Nonetheless, I’m enjoying this FR conversation.


82 posted on 02/28/2014 5:45:11 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave

OMG thank you for posting. I had no idea that 25k british died in the winter of 2012 and 31k died winter of 2013 because they could not afford heat. Sad that this happens in a “civilized society”. The global warming crowd still has no clue.


83 posted on 02/28/2014 5:50:07 PM PST by SisterK (behold a pale horse)
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84 posted on 02/28/2014 5:55:07 PM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: SisterK

“OMG thank you for posting. “

My pleasure, SisterK. If I can be of further service, call my illegal, immigrant curry chef. If you have a problem with that, see PM Cameron at the British Curry Awards ceremony at Battersea.

As always, love and kisses, sweet SisteK.


85 posted on 02/28/2014 6:23:01 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: sergeantdave

Sweeeeeeet

I eat tumeric everyday, myself.


86 posted on 02/28/2014 6:34:43 PM PST by SisterK (behold a pale horse)
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To: SisterK

I make killer chocolate fudge to attract females to my barbecues. May I invite you, sweet lady?


87 posted on 02/28/2014 6:51:11 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: Palmetto Patriot

“How did that work out?”

Czechoslovakia didn’t win over Germany.
Without the strenght of the American, British, Canadian and Soviet Union armies , the entire Europe would speak German now.


88 posted on 02/28/2014 6:51:56 PM PST by Marguerite ( When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Jeff Head

“Hasten the Ukraine’s entry into the EU”

The problem is that EU DOESN’T want Ukraine in.
They already have to pay big time for Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and other bankrupted states.


89 posted on 02/28/2014 6:56:33 PM PST by Marguerite ( When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: PotatoHeadMick
Trying to oxter the Crimea out of Russian hands would be an absolute red line and insanely foolish. I don’t like Russia and I am certainly not one of the Putin fan-boys who pop up here regularly but any western intervention in the Ukraine would be a foolish, foolish mistake. If the Ukrainians are that insistent on holding on to Crimea let them fight for it themselves. The rest of us don’t have a dog in that fight.

Not a single GI was involved in pushing the Russians out of Afghanistan. All the Ukrainians need is food, money and equipment.

90 posted on 02/28/2014 7:01:26 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: sergeantdave

I love chocolate but I won’t be able to leave the farm for the next eight months. Can I take a rain check?


91 posted on 02/28/2014 7:07:21 PM PST by SisterK (behold a pale horse)
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To: SisterK

“Can I take a rain check?”

As long as you bring a bag of radishes, everything plods along as God planned.


92 posted on 02/28/2014 7:23:34 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: Zhang Fei

>>Not a single GI was involved in pushing the Russians out of Afghanistan. All the Ukrainians need is food, money and equipment.<<

In 1985 Soviets has planned to withdraw from Afghanistan by 1989 and they did. BTW, they were a primary source of food, money and equipment for the majority Afghans, including Afghan military which actually fought on Russian side.


93 posted on 02/28/2014 7:32:23 PM PST by cunning_fish
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To: Jeff Head
1) Immediately have the US and the EU confer with Ukraine and tell them to NOT attack the Russian troops in the Crimea. Have them immediately mobilize their forces to their borders and take up positions and prepare and make any further Russian aggression have to come through their prepared positions. Right now the Crimea is lost, and attacking them there will only invite a much larger invasion and the potential loss of all of the Ukraine.

2) The US should immediately start flying C-17s into Kiev (the Ukraine Capitol) loaded with advisors, provisions, trainers, and a a security force for those people. We cannot get enough people there to stop Putin at this point, but we can show him that the price for taking the Ukraine has now gone up and would be too steep for him.

3) Have the NATO and Euopean countries (Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain) do the same thing (Number 2) at other critical points throughout the Ukraine.

4) Immediately move to make the rest of the Ukraine a part of NATO.

5) Hasten the Ukraine’s entry into the EU.

I think 1, 2 and 3 are way too risky because of the possibility of a direct clash with Russia. However, we should arrange with the Ukrainians to have a strong force guarding parts of the border with the EU as we truck huge amounts of material across the Romanian, Hungarian, Slovakian and Polish borders. As to making Ukraine a NATO member, I think we need to wait until after they've turfed the Russians on their own, with our material support. Ditto with EU membership. Finland hasn't ever been a NATO member, and it's not been threatened by the Russians since the Winter War.

94 posted on 02/28/2014 7:49:03 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

The hell with that. Crimeans WANT to be a part of Russia again. As for the rest of the Ukraine, we’re nuts if we get involved militarily, even if it’s only sending weapons. We have no business getting involved, even though military service dodging Hannity is pounding the war drums, as usual.


95 posted on 02/28/2014 10:25:37 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

How long before parts of the US “want to be part” of Mexico and we’d be nuts to get involved?


96 posted on 02/28/2014 10:28:20 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Zhang Fei

No US troops necessary. The Afghans outlasted the Russians without a single GI going into combat. We sent food and equipment and the Afghans did the rest.


And that really worked out well. The Taliban took over and al Qaaadea was born.


97 posted on 02/28/2014 10:35:47 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: reg45

You said: “........EU will do nothing. They are too dependent upon Russian petroleum.........”

We have no real reason to “do” anything neither.

Regards from Europe

Andreas


98 posted on 03/01/2014 1:16:08 AM PST by European Guest (De omnibus dubitandum)
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To: reg45

You said: “........EU will do nothing. They are too dependent upon Russian petroleum.........”

We have no real reason to “do” anything neither.

Regards from Europe

Andreas


99 posted on 03/01/2014 1:16:12 AM PST by European Guest (De omnibus dubitandum)
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To: chessplayer
And that really worked out well. The Taliban took over and al Qaaadea was born.

The original al Qaeda was born the day Muhammad conquered Arabia and sent his victorious armies across North Africa, Persia and Central Asia, extinguishing Christian, Zoroastrian and Buddhist communities in its wake. Its revival sprang from Sayyid Qutb's observations after a visit to America in the late 1940's, from which the modern al Qaeda drew its inspiration:

The turning point in Qutb's views resulted from his visit to the United States, where he aimed for further studies in educational administration. Over a two-year period, he worked in several different institutions including what was then Wilson Teachers' College in Washington, D.C., Colorado State College for Education in Greeley, as well as Stanford University.[22] He also traveled extensively, visiting the major cities of the United States and spent time in Europe on the return journey to Egypt.

On his return to Egypt, Qutb published an article entitled "The America that I Have Seen." He was critical of many things he had observed in the United States: its materialism, individual freedoms, economic system, racism, brutal boxing matches, "poor" haircuts,[4] superficiality in conversations and friendships,[23] restrictions on divorce, enthusiasm for sports, lack of artistic feeling,[23] "animal-like" mixing of the sexes (which "went on even in churches"),[24] and strong support for the new Israeli state.[25] Hisham Sabrin, noted that:

As a brown person in Greeley, Colorado in the late 40s, studying English he came across much prejudice. He also felt quite appalled by what he perceived as loose sexual openness of American men and women (a far cry by any measure, from Musha, Asyut where he grew up). But, in fact this American experience was not truly a crisis for Qutb, but rather a moment of choice and fine-tuning of his already Islamic identity. He himself tells us on his boat trip over “Should I travel to America, and become flimsy, and ordinary, like those who are satisfied with idle talk and sleep. Or should I distinguish myself with values and spirit. Is there other than Islam that I should be steadfast to in its character and hold on to its instructions, in this life amidst deviant chaos, and the endless means of satisfying animalistic desires, pleasures, and awful sins? I wanted to be the latter man.”.

[citation needed]

Qutb noted with disapproval the sexuality of American women:

the American girl is well acquainted with her body's seductive capacity. She knows it lies in the face, and in expressive eyes, and thirsty lips. She knows seductiveness lies in the round breasts, the full buttocks, and in the shapely thighs, sleek legs—and she shows all this and does not hide it.[4]

He also commented on the American taste in arts:

The American is primitive in his artistic taste, both in what he enjoys as art and in his own artistic works. “Jazz” music is his music of choice. This is that music that the Negroes invented to satisfy their primitive inclinations, as well as their desire to be noisy on the one hand and to excite bestial tendencies on the other. The American’s intoxication in “jazz” music does not reach its full completion until the music is accompanied by singing that is just as coarse and obnoxious as the music itself. Meanwhile, the noise of the instruments and the voices mounts, and it rings in the ears to an unbearable degree… The agitation of the multitude increases, and the voices of approval mount, and their palms ring out in vehement, continuous applause that all but deafens the ears.[23]

Even if you assign blame from the revival of al Qaeda to our support for the Afghan mujihideen, it was a worthwhile price, given that the war demoralized the Russians and sped up the collapse of the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union. Note that we sent huge amounts of material aid to the Soviets during WWII, which they repaid by helping to kill 100K GI's during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. But it was worthwhile helping the Russians kill the Nazis despite the price we would later pay at the hands of the Russians via their aid to Korean and Vietnamese Communists, just as it was worthwhile helping the Afghans kill the Russians despite the rise of a faction (the Taliban) that later aided al Qaeda in the 9/11 attacks. The bottom line in international strategy is that you fight one enemy at a time, you ally with lesser enemies to fight the bigger ones. The broader principle was described by Lord Palmerston, vis-a-vis British foreign policy:
I say that it is a narrow policy to suppose that this country or that is to be marked out as the eternal ally or the perpetual enemy of England. We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow...
Russia's policy is one of unreconstructed imperialism, which seems strange in a country that has about twice the land area of the second largest country in the world (Canada), but it remains unchanged from the Tsarist or Bolshevik eras. It is in America's interest to keep Russia from becoming any bigger, for the same reason as the Brits sought to ward them off during the Great Game - to prevent them from gradually becoming too powerful to resist in their future land grabs.
100 posted on 03/01/2014 4:16:44 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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