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indeed and true! - if memory serves the US had a good hand in bailing the situation out - was that example the exception or the rule? - e.g. saddam hussein being put in by the US against the ayatolltah? - blair shaking gadaffi's hand (oil) and numerous examples - appeasement and other words can be euphemism's too once an agenda is there
Joined: Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:16 am Posts: 4848 Location: Province of Ontario, Canada
the way I see things in regard to Sadaam H. is that [U.S.] armed their enemy's enemy, to acheive a very short-sighted (certainly in retrospect) goal ~ unfortunately the repercussions of that are still tipping the dominoes to this very day. Propping up Pahlavi in Iran was [the American government's] first mistake, though that is not to say that militant radical jihadists wouldn't have found some other reasons to hate America. If one considers the power-mongering nature of radical Islam (read history of Muhammad ) one might reasonably predict that had the U.S stayed completely out of Middle East affairs from the start, that a scenario in which jihadists gained control of the world's energy supply would have turned ugly no matter how the tiles tumble.
There is not, nor can there ever be, peaceful coexistence with radical Islam ~ not when Jihadi ideology is one of abject disdain for human rights that embraces a summary rejection of all civil decency. The Jihadists and their manifesto of dominance and destruction are a pestilence which must be eradicated without delay. At the first sign of termites, the thing you do is to call in an exterminator, you don't wait until the structure collapses ~ by then it's too late.
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indeed Vik and agree - radicalism (although I retain my own way of thinking - no harm to anyone else, it's personal - my thinking seems to go against the system - if you loose your passive opinion/passion you have nothing - but I always state me case!) - case out the galway/tuam scenario here - mass graves - in the name of the faltering catholic church - i still take the eucharistic but some people made a right mess - they should have owned up - eli eli
Joined: Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:16 am Posts: 4848 Location: Province of Ontario, Canada
to that I can only ponder what might be.
opinion/passion; not necessarily inseparable.
opinions are merely viewpoints, which can change quite easily, based on new information.
Faith on the other hand seems to me a far more deep-seated knowledge, not that one may not come to new awakenings or conversions, just that the 'opinion' as a viewpoint of worldly thought vs. faith as a spiritual wisdom are often at odds.
At some point, one makes the real choice whether to defend ones life, love, and liberty or to allow destruction at the hand of a predator.
Every living organism is imbued with a natural instinct toward self preservation. Given the fact of that very nature and the diversity of species this planet has hosted, it occurs to me this is the only explanation for why you and I are even here in the first place.
For the record, my own faith does not preclude self-defence.
Israeli warplanes carrying out airstrikes on a shipment of Iranian arms to Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas in Syria managed to evade Syrian air-defense missiles but the incident is a graphic demonstration of how the war has the potential to further inflame the region.
There are likely to be further Israeli airstrikes against Hezbollah in Syria, reflecting deepening Israeli concerns that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and their Lebanese ally are establishing a new front on the divided Golan Heights from which to fight the Jewish state.
These developments are increasing the chances of a miscalculation that could trigger a war that both sides insist they do not want. As tensions mount amid an unprecedented cluster of interlocking conflicts across the hair-trigger region, clashes like the aerial action over Palmyra could easily escalate out of control.
The Israeli airstrikes climaxed after weeks of verbal threats from all sides, aggravated originally by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump vowing to roll back Iran's influence across the Middle East.
Israel has signaled repeatedly that it would not allow Iran to establish a permanent presence in Syria nor permit Hezbollah to obtain game-changing weapons, such as advanced air-defense systems, anti-ship missiles and long-range guided missiles.
Israel first launched airstrikes against suspected Hezbollah arms consignments in January 2013. Since then there have been at least 19 airstrikes, most of them in the Damascus area and further north in the Qalamoun region where there are a large number of Syrian military bases, including missile sites.
Israel's March 16 operation, involving four jet fighters, was its deepest strike inside Syria since 2013. The Israeli jets flew north over Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, Hezbollah's heartland, before entering Syrian air space and launching several missiles, reportedly at a convoy carrying unspecified weapons for Hezbollah.
The target was in the Palmyra area of northeastern Syria and several reports claimed the convoy originated from the T-4 airbase at Tiyas, west of the oasis town. In response, Syria launched at least four anti-aircraft missiles, believed to be relatively antiquated Russian-built SA-5s.
Syria claimed one aircraft was shot down and another damaged. Israel insisted all four aircraft returned safely.
Unusually, Israel deployed an Arrow anti-missile system for the first time in a combat situation to shoot down a Syrian missile that entered Israeli airspace. Fragments of the Arrow missile, which is designed to shoot down ballistic missiles at high altitudes, landed inside Jordan.
This, along with the air raid sirens and sound of explosions in the night sky above Jerusalem, apparently compelled Israel to publicly admit for the first time that its aircraft had struck targets inside Syria.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made no secret that there may be more such attacks.
"When we identify attempts to transfer advanced arms to Hezbollah and we have intelligence information and we have the operational plan, we act to prevent it," he said. "That's what happened and that's what will happen."
Joined: Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:50 am Posts: 1709 Location: Portugal Central
Thanks for the alert Vik. I missed this & had not read about it on bbc news home page. After further investigation; Turns out this was a news story from 17th march & featured in the daily Telegraph (uk newspaper). It was mentioned on bbc world news & al-jazeera on that same date. I must be so naïve in thinking how was this overlooked on bbc radio fivelive bulletins & programmes
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