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19 April 2015


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Babak Makkinejad

In 1936, 6700 priests were murdered on the territory of the Republican Spain.

Some time later, 2000 civilians who had been arrested earlier on the suspicion of being Franco sympathizers were executed lest they be freed by the advancing Nationalist Forces.

Nevertheless, Abraham Lincoln Brigade, Gary Cooper, Hemingway & Neruda etc. continue to define the Republican Spain as that shinning moment of glory that was raped and trampled under the jackboots of the Fascists.

James doleman

Video is worth a watch


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Todd Rumph

Two weeks ago I attended a talk by Gen. John Abizaid, where he discussed "strategic situations" in the Middle East. He is a compelling speaker -- insightful, possessed of a wide vision yet attention to detail, and with a grasp of the Arab world's history. (Quite fluent in Arabic too.) He emphasized two key events in the region (and I hope I'm doing his discussion justice in paraphrasing):

1) We're seeing the dissolution of the British-imposed borders of the last century in the region.

My take: The resectioning of the Arab Ottoman lands, the Sykes-Picot Agreement (take a bow, France), and the League of Nations set national boundaries in the region without much regard for the cultural or religious geography.

The redrawing of the map cited by Gen. Abizaid, although messy, contentious, and a mere decade old (I'd mark Operation Iraqi Freedom as the starting line), has already taken on a sense of inevitability. Anyone proposing "creat[ion of] a robust, three-division stabilization force ...able to fight and defeat any enemy ... of a legitimate and inclusive Syria" is paddling into the wind and tide.

2) Three blocs are competing in redrawing this map through political and military power: the Shi'ite extremists of Iran and non-national clients (including the Houthis; the Sunni moderates of Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, and the Gulf states; and the Sunni extremists of ISIS and other groups.
(Here's where an apology to Gen. Abizaid is due -- he painted a much more detailed, geographically wider, and more nuanced scene.)

My take: any nut who proposed the force described in this post should have to write answers to the following questions on the blackboard 100 times:
* What is this "Syria" you dwell on?
* Exactly which "Syrians" would comprise this force?
* And what could they all agree is worth fighting all comers for?
* And who are "all comers"?

In the "three-legged chair" alignment of forces described by Gen. Abizaid, the answers to these questions matter quite a bit! (Having two siblings, I view any three-way competition as intrinsically unstable and a breeding ground for alliances and betrayals.) We've already seen some of the strange bedfellows that current conflicts have created -- US bombing and reconnaissance missions indirectly supporting Iranian-sponsored attacks against ISIS forces, for example.

Charles I

Come now, we can manufacture a side to support, at least in terms of a pretext to attack another, with the gas nonsense fiasco headed off by Putin last year, or the re-branding of Al-Nusra after the utter failure of the FSA whatever that was, and previous training failures I cited a month ago, to take on ISIS. And I'm damned if I didn't hear talk the other night that the K guys, the what Koranchars or whatever the hell they were before knocked outta contention as the gravest threat since the painter's henchmen by ISIS last year, are baaaack.

As you and PL noted Soldiers often seem to be the Chamber of Sober Second Thought so apparently utterly lacking.

Charles I

People on the ground after we screw up. The Kurds wherever. Baghdadistan. Maybe the Sunni Iraqui generals will overthrow ISIS for their little bit. Bit o Golan to Israel. Damascus and chaos until Assad falls/flees. Turkey takes its bite. etc etc.

Charles I

Apropos my Sunni question above, I see this headline today about tribal a Sunni tribal cleavage:

Iraqi Sunni tribesmen break with Islamic State group over killings


MAKHMOUR, IRAQ—When Islamic State militants swept across northern Iraq last summer, the Sunni al-Lehib tribe welcomed them as revolutionaries fighting the Shiite-led government in Baghdad. But less than a year later, the tribe is bitterly split between those who joined the extremist group and those resisting its brutal rule.

The tribe hails from a village just south of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, which was captured by the IS last year. Like many Sunnis in northern Iraq, they initially welcomed the Islamic State group as liberators.

“We were happy when Daesh came,” tribal leader Nazhan Sakhar said, using an acronym for the extremist group. “We thought they were going to Baghdad to establish a government. But then they started killing our own people.

“It turned out they were the same as al-Qaida.”

Now Sakhar leads a group of around 300 fighters who have reluctantly allied with Iraqi troops and Kurdish forces to fight the IS group.

Aand(sic) fellow tribesmen who still support the extremists."



anna marina,

I just saw a clip of our new Nazi friends burning someone at the stake. NOT REPORTED ON MSNBC!




I had to stay away from the truth for a while and you just made me want to do it again. Jesus!

I can't allow myself say where I wish all of of those you mentioned should be, or their well deserved fate.


Charles I,

God bless and help them fight those monsters.

Same here...



Todd said:

We've already seen some of the strange bedfellows that current conflicts have created

There is NOTHING strange about supporting Iran against those fanatics!! What is strange is continuing to support Israel and Saudi Arabia who train and fund them!!

I'm going to stop before I start to curse!!!

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