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17 February 2014


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Babak Makkinejad

If the old histories are to be believed; there were 4000 Hafiz-al Quran (Keepers of the Quran) among the soldiers of Al Ma'awiyah fighting Imam Ali.

I suppose history is repeating itself again...

Charles I

Thanks for the SN reference, never heard of it.


CP, your thoughts are very similiar if not identic with the ones by Bacevich in his 'Washington rules' - he calls the american unwillingness to engage with the rest of the world - the 'american provincionalism'. I also see similarities in your comment with the writings of Peter Scholl Latour, who's writings I am sure you know better than me. I am thankful for this post and the great comments. Keep it up - maybe the rulers or their advisors will learn and follow the good sense coming from Colonels blog. For my part, I am spreading the word..

Mark Kolmar

Fred, Col. Lang, FB Ali, others --

If the goal is to remove the threat of individual jihadis and Islamist totalitarianism generally, I simply mean that killing when it's necessary still seems like the last option, and a failure in itself. I agree with the way FB Ali distinguishes between the hardcore, and others who are mixed up in a group or cause. These bad actors would be eliminated as a threat when captured. Others could have the potential to redeem themselves in some way or deprogram, and a few might even be turned into useful assets.


Mark Kolmar

All the jihadis in Syria are hard core. pl

William R. Cumming

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Are you volunteering to do the 'deprogramming' or to guard those you want to do the capturing, sorting and guarding for said deprogramming? I for one don't think that is worth a single American life.

William R. Cumming


Eisenhower and JFK started the ball rolling!

Iran and Viet Nam!

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