Why all the concern? Our president told us that, 'Al-Qaeda is on the path to defeat...' back in October.
2.Engage and influence in a friendly way, but criticize when it comes to human rights violations. Look at how much relations between the USA and China and Viet Nam improved when we stopped bombing them and/or undermining their government. The behavior of those countries also improved when they were no longer isolated from the rest of the world.
Last edited by Hard Truth; 01-18-13 at 03:32 PM.
Let's get real. These places are third world. They are in states of perpetual violence. We aren't going to make anything better. The best bet for the U.S. is to protect our citizens only. No military involvement. Honestly. Who cares about these places? We can't help them all, and we really can't help one. All we can do is sit back and wait for the people to get sick of sharia Islam and let them kill of the lunatics. It worked in Europe around the Protestant reformation. Maybe we can just let them get sorted on their own, and maybe keep the Nuts out of our countries. Europe and China are the primary Mid East oil exporters. Let them deal with it.
The Crowd is not the sum of its parts.
Rep. Ron Paul, for example, is notorious for discounting the role of Islam itself as the main reason for Islamic aggression.
You seem to subscribe to the faulty notion that Jihadists can be successfully reasoned with. My impression is that this only occurs when the gains secured by the Muslims are carelessly valued by the Westerner.
Also, I don't oppose the use of force by nations facing violence from Jihadists, I oppose outside participation by the west.
I don't understand your intent with the last sentence.
<<<Muslims in Nigeria and in nearly all of the predominantly Muslim countries surveyed overwhelmingly welcome Islamic influence over their countriesí politics.
In Indonesia, about nine-in-ten Muslims (91%) either say that their religion plays a large role in politics and that this is a good thing or that Islam plays a small role and that this is a bad thing. Similarly, at least three-quarters of Muslims in Egypt (85%), Nigeria (82%) and Jordan (76%) consider Islamic influence over political life to be a positive thing for their country, as do 69% of Muslims in Pakistan and 58% in Lebanon.
Only in Turkey are opinions about the role of Islam in political life more mixed. About four-in-ten (38%) Turkish Muslims say Islam plays a large role and embrace its influence in their countryís politics or say it is bad that Islam plays only a small role; about three-in-ten (31%) say Islamís influence is negative.>>>
Muslim Publics Divided on Hamas and Hezbollah | Pew Global Attitudes Project
Some of these hostages have now been killed.
Redneck, hillbilly, fundie, Bible thumper, cracker, split tails, geezer, loon, xenophobe, islamaphobe, and homophobe are not words of tolerance.