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    I would say there are three reasons behind this:...

    I would say there are three reasons behind this:
    -spread of internet even to poorer regions. While not everybody has internet and computer in targeted areas there are enough of them for owner to get...
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    Wasn't body count last year around 1.000 dead on...

    Wasn't body count last year around 1.000 dead on Lebanese side and about 150 on Israeli?

    Plus arguemnt could be made that last year's fighting led to political confrontation between Hezbollah and...
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    I guess author wasn't paying much attention to...

    I guess author wasn't paying much attention to news last summer..... :rolleyes:
  4. And same way as you have broad spectrum in...

    And same way as you have broad spectrum in islamic civilisation (pro- and anti-US seculars, pro- and anti-US islamists and everything in between) there is no unified "west" either. US, Germany and...
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    I wouldn't be too optimistic. You can see that...

    I wouldn't be too optimistic. You can see that various aides say different things. Some say US has a role to play. Others say Iraqis should unite to expel the occupiers.

    Also nobody is saying...
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    What about others? Thailand, Philippines etc etc....

    What about others? Thailand, Philippines etc etc.



    Good point.



    Well "reforms" can go in two ways. One is democratic other is secular autoritarism. Neither are perfect, in former you can...
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    However it didn't result in domino theory spread...

    However it didn't result in domino theory spread of communism through Asia. So any prediction about what will happen to Iraq after US leaves (Aq gaining secure base, Iraq becoming new Taliban's...
  8. What is "West"? Or more precisely, who is "West"?...

    What is "West"? Or more precisely, who is "West"?

    Al Qaida claims it targeted US because they had troops in Saudi.
    Hamas targets Israel because Israel occupies Palestine. Is Israel part of...
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    But would partition create stability? as I said...

    But would partition create stability? as I said before, sunni and Kurdish parts would be landlocked. How would they export oil and import stuff? By making agreement with either shi'ia parts or some...
  10. I'd say Lebanon and Afghanistan (1980s) are...

    I'd say Lebanon and Afghanistan (1980s) are closest to Iraq. Weak central government, foreign troops in country doing most of fighting and many insurgent groups (as opposed to single one).

    Not...
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    The problem with partition are several:...

    The problem with partition are several:
    -neighbors will quickly move in to establish influence and these new states will be de-facto vassals (think Syria-Lebanon prior to 2005)
    -depending on...
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    Though the question is how to prevent...

    Though the question is how to prevent infiltrations from various militias and insurgents? Who is going to vet recruits? If Americans do they have the knowledge to do it? If Iraqis can they be trusted...
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    Condoms on rifles were used in WW2 already.

    Condoms on rifles were used in WW2 already.
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    I wonder how long will it take for people to call...

    I wonder how long will it take for people to call him anti-semite.
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    It raises a point often ignored in media. If...

    It raises a point often ignored in media. If Putin wanted him dead they would do it differently. Accident, burglary gone wrong..... not something so complicated and messy (and long!) as this. Which...
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    Poll: As long as things remain as they are. But if...

    As long as things remain as they are. But if Kim's antics would go in the direction of triggering a war with US or scaring Japan into heavily militarising (including nuclearisation) then I'm sure...
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    I wouldn't go that far. The thing is that...

    I wouldn't go that far. The thing is that Chechnya had centralised leadership. Dudayev was in charge and recognised as such. Later it did fragment a bit but not to a degree of Afghansitan. I believe...
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    They don't call it "suicide bombings" but...

    They don't call it "suicide bombings" but "martyrdom seeking operations". As suicide is prohibited they would go to hell. but if their act of killing themselves strikes a blow against the enemy they...
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    True though there was division between federal...

    True though there was division between federal (JLA) and local (TO-Teritorialna obramba, teritorial defence) forces. Federals were supposed to carry on regular fight (withdrawing to Bosnian bastion...
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    Very interesting article. But this raises an...

    Very interesting article. But this raises an interesting question.



    If a region wishes to seceede does that make it a civil war or not? Author considers ACW as a civil war because of it. Yet he...
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    I know. I was asking under what circumstances (or...

    I know. I was asking under what circumstances (or events) would US public support the draft because they would think it's necessary. Sorry if I wasn't clear.



    OK. Do you think it's feasible...
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    Out of curiosity, what do you think will "make"...

    Out of curiosity, what do you think will "make" US public "see the need for draft"? I mean, global conflict of scale, intensity and duration of WW1 & 2 are unlikely and (if I understood your post...
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    Poll: Coup with Chinese behind it.

    Coup with Chinese behind it.
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    That is part of every conscript vs professional...

    That is part of every conscript vs professional debate. If your strategy is defence at home than you have conscripts (gives you bigger manpower pool and everybody goes through military training so...
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    Kuwait was staging ground for OIF so I guess...

    Kuwait was staging ground for OIF so I guess facilities are there. USN ships regulary dock at Bahrain so facilities are there.




    VDH is talking about IEDs, not terrorist attacks such as those...
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