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Al-Qaida in the heart of Africa
Creators Syndicate, by Patrick J. Buchanan

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Posted By:jackson, 1/18/2013 9:14:59 AM

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” is Newton’s third law of physics. Its counterpart in geopolitics is “blowback,” when military action in one sphere produces an unintended and undesirable consequence in another. September 11, 2001, was blowback. George H.W. Bush had sent an army of half a million to hurl Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait, a triumph. He proceeded to impose severe sanctions on the Iraqis and to build U.S. bases in Saudi Arabia. “Infidel” soldiers on sacred Islamic soil and the suffering of the Iraqi people under American sanctions were two of the causes Osama

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Pat does what he does best; lays out the history, the facts, and the unfortunate reality. And if you read it through, he never says cut and run - he just explains consequences. The Pat-haters need to read and learn before dismissing him.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Axeman, 1/18/2013 9:30:21 AM     (No. 9124005)

Pat draws lines where he wants to see them.
So do a lot of other people.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Iowadad, 1/18/2013 9:44:59 AM     (No. 9124049)

For those of us who forget our geography, a useful map is at

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/01/a-map-of-the-bewildering-mali-conflict/267257/#

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