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post #76 of 2699
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I think that there are no populations in the world who would give way to IS like they did in Iraq and Syria. IS is in consolidation and fortification mode. They know that the full weight of the ISF and Peshmerga backed by air power are going to come down on them in Mosul and they need to be prepared. The end of February is going to start a very bloody chapter of this conflict. 

 

Edit: Don't confuse their inability to expand as an inability to grow though. 


Edited by ethanm - 1/7/15 at 3:18pm
post #77 of 2699
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Just want to drop a friendly reminder that in December 1,049 Syrian civilians were murdered by the terrorism of Bashir al-Assad. 

post #78 of 2699
General el Sisi did something pretty bold the other day (before the Paris attacks, even)

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/egypt-president-egypt-sisi/2015/01/11/id/617848/

[In a bold yet little-reported speech, The President of Egypt has directly confronted Islamic leaders in his country and challenged them to stand against extremism in their religion.

"We are in need of a religious revolution," President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi told imams on New Years Day at al-Azhar University in Cairo. The speech commemorated the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

"You, imams, are responsible before Allah," el-Sisi said. "The entire world … is waiting for your next move … because [the Islamic world] is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost — and it is being lost by our own hands."]
post #79 of 2699
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That is pretty typical speech from "secular" Arab governments. You see the same thing out of Jordan where there are laws against radical preaching. It's a shame Sisi can't go back in time and disappear Sayyid Qutb before he could write Milestones

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Assad says that he is against anyone who kills civilians anywhere and that he warned the West that returning radicalized jihadis would prove to be a problem. 

 

Apparently Syria isn't included in "anywhere." Fuck that guy. Also, fuck you, Hassan Nasrallah. How many suicide bombers have you sent to their deaths?

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Assad says that he is against anyone who kills civilians anywhere and that he warned the West that returning radicalized jihadis would prove to be a problem. 

apparently he was 100% right
he is the best option in Syria, hence he should be supported by western governments, which shamefully isn't the case
post #82 of 2699
Some cultures and nations work better with dictators. That's how they like it and that is what they need.

You see this even in countries like Russia.

My thinking on this point has evolved over the past 15 years. I can't ignore the facts.
post #83 of 2699
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apparently he was 100% right

he is the best option in Syria, hence he should be supported by western governments, which shamefully isn't the case

Tell me what you know about Bashar al-Asad. 
Edited by ethanm - 1/16/15 at 2:22pm
post #84 of 2699
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Tell me what you know about Bashir al-Asad. 

He is better than Obama.
post #85 of 2699
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Tell me what you know about Bashir al-Asad. 
Tell me who is your enemy and I will tell you who you are.
Assad's enemies are batshit Islamist organisations plus USA with theri freedumb. That makes Syria with Assad a better option than Syria without Assad. The End.
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How do you feel about indiscriminately killing civilians on a massive scale? 

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gets my dick hard
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He is better than Obama.

It's awesome that I can't tell if this is serious or not.
post #89 of 2699
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Tell me what you know about Bashir al-Asad. 

Eye doctor, trust fund baby, chemical weapons dictator.

Fair to middlin' by Middle East standards.
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How do you feel about indiscriminately killing civilians on a massive scale? 

Meh I mean, I can kind of see why they were so afraid that they needed to kill protestors. Any time Sunni muslims get in power, they fuck over every other minority.
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