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It seems Pakistan was waiting for an excuse to chuck the unfortunate Afghan refugees out. Trump seems to have provided them with that. Whether Pakistan closes the air and ground route for the US into Afghanistan will not matter if a lot of the Afghans pushed into Afghanistan join the Taliban, as is quite likely. The Taliban will force US troops out of Afghanistan.
Col Lang and all frequenters of SST, Wishing you all a Merry Xmas and a Very Happy New Year!
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2017 on The Huron Carol at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Elkern, No offence taken! Glad you enjoyed it. I'm grateful to Col Lang for reposting this 2016 post.
Eric Newhill, At least you're being honest. You also say: "... when the Muslims set their sights on the US after they're done taking Europe and Canada..." That reminds me of the Americans who, during the Cold War, are reputed to have looked under their beds every night before lying down - in case there was a Commie hiding there. I'm a "Muslim in Canada". Let me assure you that, like most Muslims here, I think of myself as a Canadian first and foremost. Just like Canadians of other faiths, my religious beliefs are my private business and do not impinge on my role as a citizen of Canada. As far as I can discern, most Muslims in the US have a similar attitude towards their country. I would suggest that you have nothing to worry about what might happen to your grandchildren due to Muslims. Instead, you might think about the US economy, class warfare, climate change, etc.
Yes, thank you! It's much better without the bolding - feels like people screaming at the top of their voices.
It's odd that people here will indulge in all this sound and fury of argumentation, without bothering to correct the BOLD lettering (that Leander started and unfortunately didn't close). This is quite off-putting for ordinary readers, besides making the blog look stupid. Don't the 'arguers' have any interest in ordinary readers following their comments (even if they don't care about the blog)?
Keith Harbaugh, For SST, the "sad news" is that you don't know how to close Bold Lettering after using it. I would suggest you don't try such fancy stuff until you have discovered how to use it properly. I have tried to close it off.
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2017 on Is Kushner next? at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Thank you for that comprehensive and illuminating view in response to my query.
Col Lang, I would be very interested in your view on Patrick Armstrong's comment at 2:42 PM on 26 Nov. The reason I ask is that I have great respect for both your opinion and that of Patrick Armstrong's. And, they seem to differ on this subject.
As you say, Col Lang, there is no such thing as a "Sunni Alliance". This is either a clever gimmick that MbS uses to fool the US, or part of his own delusions of grandeur. I suspect it is both. On Sunday, the first meeting of the Defense Council of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) is being held in Riyadh. This is the 41-nation grouping that MbS has cooked up to pander to his own ego, and also to bamboozle witless entities such as Trump, Kushner, and the US establishment. All that MbS and the Saudis have is money. With it they can buy Blackwater (to do their dirty work for them), and Muslim politicians to attend these grand meetings. Only the stupid fall for these well-staged shows. There is no substance to them. Nor any outcomes.
TTG, Thank you for another review of the situation in Syria. These are very useful in following what is going on there. Your comments on these events are also very worthwhile.
TTG, As an interested observer, I much prefer the versions of Patrick Armstrong, Publius Tacitus, David Habakkuk, et al. I'm afraid you seem to have got a rather morbid fascination with this whole "Russia" thing, and keep plugging it all the time. No one is disputing the fact that all intelligence services try to discover information about other countries. And, where they can, influence their policies. Why not just leave it at that instead of going on insisting that we have to accept your version of what happened at the time of the US election? Take a break!
It is not just the feminists. The US government has always claimed to know and do what's best for the Afghans. It appears no one in the USA (barring a few people here and there, including our host) have a clue about what the past history and present situation of the people of Afghanistan is. Then there is the US establishment, which uses this claptrap about defending women's rights etc as a means of keeping everyone happy while it pursues its own agenda there. Is it such a surprise that Afghanistan has been such a total mess for the last 50 years or so?
Keith Harbaugh, If you want to get to the truth of the matter, just see Col Lang's post at 2:51 PM, 12 Nov, below.
Lemur, Don't pay any attention to such complete garbage!
Toggle Commented Nov 11, 2017 on Abu Duhour air base at Sic Semper Tyrannis
The link provided by Eakens above is to an official US government statement. This was complemented by a similar statement by the International Support Group after a meeting of its representatives with President Aoun - http://tinyurl.com/ycch9dhn Both statements say the same thing: the international community does NOT want any outside interference in Lebanon, and considers Hariri to be still the PM of Lebanon. This is a clear slap in the face of MbS, who was trying to prepare the ground for an Israeli intervention in that country. It is also a warning to Israel to butt out. These are significant developments, not only for Lebanon but also for the wider ME. MbS may get away with his coup in SA, but he and his Israeli friends had better stand down on their plans for the region. It also shows that the US establishment is not happy with MbS's actions - whatever Trump may say! Another setback for the young SA princeling. In any other self-respecting country, he would have been removed much earlier. Not in SA, though.
We already have a "re-boot" in Islam in the al Qaeda and Islamic State ideologies. Their versions are the culmination of the 'reformist' trends in various Muslim countries that seek to reform Islam by taking it back to a supposed ideal form that existed in the very early years of the faith. The other 'reformist' path being followed in Muslim countries is that adopted by the elites - ignoring the religion while continuing to pay lip service to it. I think this will be MbS's path as well. It certainly is the one being followed by most of his young supporters. It seems to me that these two paths are not peculiar to Islam, but are being traversed by the followers of all religions. They are a function of the challenges that Religion face in the modern world.
Col Lang, You are quite right - it is very unlikely that there could be a counter-coup against MbS. And, that the Saudis will participate in any war in Lebanon only with financial and media support. Not only has MbS's coup been very thorough, but also SA and its inhabitants are rotten to the core. So much so, that I very much doubt if even an assassination attempt would be made.
Keith, In my view, there is absolutely no reason why a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan would attack the US homeland. US troops in Afghanistan are, of course, an entirely different matter - the Taliban will fight them as long as they choose to remain there. However, other Muslims, including from among those already in the USA, may attack the US homeland or assets abroad because they believe that the US is fighting against Muslims. It is pointless for anyone to bring up any "convincing argument" against US policy in Afghanistan or other Muslim countries where it is fighting. The official reason for this policy is just for public consumption; the real policy has to do with other matters, including the CIA's goals. There have been reports of helicopters flying in weapons to the small IS faction in Afghanistan, which is a rival to the Taliban. A typical short-sighted CIA gambit!
I’m glad so many readers found this piece worthwhile. Thank you. Peter AU There are reports that the Russians are in touch with the Taliban in Afghanistan. The Kremlin seems to follow a very pragmatic policy. The Taliban appear to be only interested in Afghanistan; unlike al Qaeda and IS, they are not interested in exporting their ideology to other parts of the world. Leonardo India’s role in Central Asia is mainly as a US proxy. Any of the “’stans” that wish to balance the pressure of China can turn to India as a proxy of the US. Barbara Ann Yes, the Chinese are moving into Syria. This is what they have been doing all over Eurasia, eg, Greece, Serbia, the EU, etc. See: http://tinyurl.com/y94d5u2g http://tinyurl.com/yb9qpxeq Harper I see no evidence for any possibility of Chinese investment in India, nor for Modi hoping for some. The idea of India joining CPEC is a fantasy. I suggest your Indian friends are telling you fairy tales. Kooshy In Pakistan, it is the politicians who are in thrall to the Saudis. The country’s foreign policy is mainly directed by the Army. Its relationship with the Saudis is very different; it is the Saudis who need to keep the Army happy, and willing to help them out in times of need. The Army has decided to move Pakistan into the Chinese camp, whether it suits the Saudis or not. Adrestia India doesn’t have “increased influence” in Afghanistan. I suggest a re-read of my article. Castellio I think BRICS doesn’t play any significant role in the internal dynamics of the region. However, it is still a useful grouping on the international scene, eg, its recent role in the attempt to move out from under the hegemony of the US dollar.
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Col Lang, I did not say that any of these people were CIA agents. What I said was that the US and the CIA lost many of their "supporters". By that I meant people who were pro-US or/and had good relations with the US government or the CIA. Such as former Crown Prince M b Nayef. The Saudi royal family has always had good relations with the US, and on many occasions has acted on US requests (many call them directions). A lot of the royal princes had financial assets, residences and other ties to/in the US. Almost all of them who were in-country have been arrested by MbS.
ex-PFC Chuck, Pepe Escobar always claims to have an "inside scoop" on various developments. I find this rather dubious! In this post he writes of "a struggle emanating from the military". BS! The real armed force in SA is the National Guard. If they could let their commander, Prince Miteb b. Abdullah, be arrested without a squeak (in spite of their long association with his family), I don't see the army doing anything. As I said above, the whole kingdom is rotten to the core. He also says that, after the death of his father, King Salman, MbS will face a backlash. I doubt that, too. His take is in line with that of the US establishment (especially the CIA), which lost many of its supporters in MbS's purge. MbS sees the writing on the wall; he is moving SA out of the US's orbit and closer to that of Russia and China.
Keith Harbaugh, Another answer to your question is that Muslims take their religion (or the various versions of it) much more seriously than, say, modern Christians. They are going through the same phase that Christians did earlier (eg, the Thirty Years War). The latter soon moved on to fighting over other causes (King, country, nation, etc); Muslims are still fighting over religious beliefs.
Try this: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/05/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-wahhabism-salafism-mohammed-bin-salman.html