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Tag: al-Qaida


MIDEAST: US policy based on weapon sales

The Middle East appears to be complicated and U.S. policy confused. But it’s really very simple. You only need to understand two rules.

• No matter who American arms manufacturers sell billions of weapons to, the weapons end up in the hands of the most vicious extremists.

• U.S. arms merchants and their bankers don’t give a damn, as long as they make the sale.

We invariably end up fighting enemies we created and who use our weapons. America armed and financed the Afghan resistance against Russia, which became al-Qaida and the Taliban. We financed the “Sunni Awakening” in Iraq, and since

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IRAQ: Neocons can’t blame Obama for what they caused

It boggles the mind to see Bush administration neocons like Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and Paul Bremer blaming President Obama for the Iraq civil war which they fomented.

Sunni and Shi’a lived side by side in Iraq, and there was no al-Qaida there before the U.S. invasion. These neoconservative imperialists exploited tribal divisions, as colonialists usually do. They picked a gangster Shi’a president, Nuri al-Maliki, who persecuted Sunnis.

On the other hand, they bribed Sunni warriors, who had been killing Americans, to form the “Sunni Awakening,” which has now morphed into the vicious army of the Islamic State of Iraq

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GITMO: Either try detainees or set them all free

Re: “Bergdahl swap may make closing Guantanamo harder” (thenewstribune.com, 6-4).

If we cannot put the Guantanamo prisoners on trial in civil courts, we should let them all go.

Maybe the U.S. would have some credibility left if we followed our own Constitution. The Guantanamo detainees cannot be prisoners of war because we never declared a war. This is not war but perpetual military action to benefit arms merchants.

The Taliban are not al-Qaida; they never launched any terrorist attacks in America. They are brutal freedom fighters defending their own land from an imperial invasion. When these Afghans fought Russian

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SYRIA: What’s important is not emboldening Iran

Syria’s Bashar Assad and Iraq’s Saddam Hussein have a lot in common: both secular dictators who ruled through fear, keeping religious powers at arm’s length. Saddam was replaced by Nouri al-Maliki, who is much weaker than Saddam and needs the support of Iran. Syria and Iraq are client states of Iran. Iran is bad news because they consider themselves to be the core of a worldwide caliphate; every move they make is to that end.

Anything that happens in Syria under Assad is not as bad as a Middle East dominated by Iran. Anyone else who comes to power in

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SYRIA: Why a military response?

It appears our government picks and chooses which “acts against humanity” by a tyrannical regime requires a military response – particularly as such tyrannical regimes have been our allies in the past. That includes Saddam Hussein who, as a U.S. ally, used chemical weapons against the Kurds that killed far more than were killed in Syria.

Furthermore, our government has totally ignored other acts against humanity of historical proportions; the Cambodian “killing fields” and the tribal genocide in Rwanda are the best examples. Then there is North Korea, whose “acts against humanity” knows no bounds – with concentration camps and

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SYRIA: Find out for certain who’s behind chemical attack

For some reason the American public has forgotten that we are still at war with al-Qaida. Al-Qaida has never forgotten, and it has only one goal: to destroy America and everything we stand for.

Although it appears as though chemical weapons were used in Syria, I’ve never heard anyone ask who released the chemical weapons? Was it the Basher al-Assad, the rebels or . . . ?

The one thing that al-Qaida uses effectively to combat us is our own desire to be the world leader and to make wrongs right.

Until I know for a certainty who’s responsible for

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TERRORISM: Closing embassies play into al-Qaida’s hands

After due reflection on the news about the embassy closures around the Arab world, it seems to me that we are doing exactly what al-Qaida wants.

The more correct approach to this would be to beef up the security, cancel all leaves and have a contingency plan to bring in additional troops if needed. The people in these establishments know they are targets, but should accept the risk as part of the job.


BENGHAZI: Finding truth about attack does matter

Re: “Republicans show hypocrisy on Benghazi” (letter, 5-24).

This letter writer and other liberals have repeatedly claimed that the Iraq War was based on lies. This claim is simply not true. There was never any evidence to support these allegations directly other than people saying it. President Bush didn’t lie to the American people.

The writer asks, “Where were these so-called patriots when 4,000 Americans died in Iraq?” Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and true patriots were honoring them for making the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Where was she? Down at the Port of Tacoma participating in an

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