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Forum: Media, Information & Cyber Warriors 05-24-2007
Replies: 36
Views: 71,703
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: Middle East 05-22-2007
Replies: 113
Views: 89,201
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: Middle East 05-22-2007
Replies: 113
Views: 89,201
Posted By aktarian
I guess author wasn't paying much attention to...

I guess author wasn't paying much attention to news last summer..... :rolleyes:
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 05-20-2007
Replies: 25
Views: 10,563
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: Iraqi Governance 05-20-2007
Replies: 6
Views: 7,318
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: Historians 05-20-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 6,488
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: Historians 05-19-2007
Replies: 24
Views: 6,488
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: Global Issues & Threats 05-18-2007
Replies: 25
Views: 10,563
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: Iraqi Governance 05-18-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 40,024
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: Who is Fighting Whom? How and Why? 05-18-2007
Replies: 8
Views: 8,417
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: Iraqi Governance 05-18-2007
Replies: 26
Views: 40,024
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: The Whole News 12-12-2006
Replies: 9
Views: 2,844
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: Equipment & Capabilities 12-09-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 3,700
Posted By aktarian
Condoms on rifles were used in WW2 already.

Condoms on rifles were used in WW2 already.
Forum: Middle East 12-09-2006
Replies: 35
Views: 10,826
Posted By aktarian
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.
Forum: International Politics 12-01-2006
Replies: 2
Views: 10,949
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 11-30-2006
Replies: 550
Views: 228,989
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: Catch-All, OIF 11-25-2006
Replies: 16
Views: 21,238
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: Adversary / Threat 11-25-2006
Replies: 253
Views: 211,272
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: Catch-All, OIF 11-25-2006
Replies: 16
Views: 21,238
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: Training & Education 11-25-2006
Replies: 12
Views: 8,071
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: The Whole News 11-23-2006
Replies: 24
Views: 8,957
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: The Whole News 11-22-2006
Replies: 24
Views: 8,957
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: Asia-Pacific 11-20-2006
Replies: 550
Views: 228,989
Posted By aktarian
Coup with Chinese behind it.

Coup with Chinese behind it.
Forum: The Whole News 11-19-2006
Replies: 24
Views: 8,957
Posted By aktarian
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...
Forum: Blog Watch 11-19-2006
Replies: 4
Views: 3,959
Posted By aktarian
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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