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A retired Army officer with three terriers.
Interests: History (all kinds), theology, literature, cowboy boots, the War Between the States, Norwich Terriers.
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TreyN "Modern battlefield?" Not sure what that is really. When the thing starts coming at you it is moving fast and you have to hit it with something effective in vulnerable spot. from experience I can tell you that hitting a moving target while your hands are shaking is not all that easy. pl
bth I have an exact force structure in mind but prefer to have you work it out for yourselves. The additional troops would be there for offensive purposes at the operational level of war and could only be considered defensive at the strategic level for the purpose of defending the existence of the Syrian state or the larger interests of Russia and Iran. pl
Babelfish What you suggest sounds like a USMC operation. No. I think it would take a much larger force than that both Russian and Iranian. Coherent units? Yes. I am not suggesting more advisers. There are enough of those. pl
" Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the militant Shiite group Hezbollah, is sending more fighters to Syria's Aleppo province, which he says has become "the greatest battle" in Syria's six-year civil war. "Thousands of Sunni militant foes have recently entered... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Sic Semper Tyrannis
JustPlainDave "there is little relative security benefit to routing funds through an offshore Canadian charity vs. routing funds directly to the foundation." does the Canadian government make public the names of such donors? "The Form 990 series or the Annual Information Return must be given to the IRS together with all supporting documents. But a company under non-profit law needs not to name its contributors or submit their Schedule B. There is still some information that can be excluded from being open to the public for the purposes of inspection. These documents may only be disclosed for a period of three years right after the due date of the tax return" This cited legal decision does not seem to support your statement at least on the US side of the border. pl
LeaNder They don't kill the sheep or sell them to an abattoire? pl
b "Hope you'll do well as 51st state of America" This would require a constitutional change in the US since the constitution guarantees to each state a republican form of government. pl
A few observations on the vote to withdraw the UK from the EU: IMO this election result was driven by elitist/Borg visions of a Europe and eventually a world re-organized; without countries that are more than a sentimental memory, a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
freudenschade Yes, the magic 24 are listed in various of the Canadian outfit's documents. That is what you would do. Look over here! Look at my hand! No! No! Don't look anywhere else! Look at my hand! pl
Grimgrin The proprietor gave them $31 million US. Are you serious? pl
Harry We can only hope that Martin Dempsey was not the only Irish Catholic who followed his conscience. we will see what Comey is made of. pl
Jov thanks. It cost me. the idea of a soldier/scholar was unacceptable to many. pl
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Typepad HTML Email Federal prosecutors work for the president. Several states have own RICO laws. Pl
Dubhaltach Perhaps a state prosecutor, certainly not a federal one. pl
Harry Yes. Some of my ancestors might have said, "Who are these wretches?" pl
Nancy K Cling to that thought. I do not know whom, if anyone, I might vote for for president since Webb chose to sulk in his tent before the walls of Troy pl
"Most notable among these files is the file called “Clinton Foundation Vulnerabilities Master Doc FINAL” which, as the title implies, is an extensive 42-page summary of how the Clinton Foundation views its biggest vulnerabilities based on mentions, references and attacks... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
If it looks like a duck… I was born and grew up in Budapest, capitol of Hungary in 1972. Our flat was on the borders of three distritcts. The once posh I. with the royal castle and villas of the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Sic Semper Tyrannis
MRW Someone else will have to answer that. I know nothing of Hebrew or Yiddish grammar. pl
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Babak thanks. I see your point about native speakers of Arabic and the Quran and their inability to rid themselves of the idea of its absolute immutability since it is now and forever. interesting that the Mu'tazila tried to escape that but perhaps they were mawla. And I suppose that is why Ijtihad has not ended for the Shia. pl
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fred*Version*=1&*entries*=0" Suggest you start with this. there is a lot of text and bibliography. pl
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LeaNder Try to understand that people in Israel/Palestine do not think like you. Try. The number of Palestinian/Israeli Jew marriages is infinitesimal. There were a certain number of Muslim/Christian marriages in Lebanon before the outbreak of the civil war there but that is pretty much done in the aftermath and the resolution of the communities into their essential identities. Evidently for you the crusades and the period of the crusader states is so distant and so irrelevant to your essentially Marxist concerns as to be unbelievable as causative today. your belief that this is true is indicative of your ignorance of the peoples of the area and your personal rigidity. I will once again try to school you. for the Arabs, both Muslim and Christian there is no real sense of the distance or sequencing of events in time. For them the crusades were yesterday. Why? Their language and therefore their culture lacks a developed verb tense structure. In Arabic as in old church Slavonic and a few other languages there really are no tenses. what exists in Arabic is two states of the verb, perfective and imperfective. English vocabulary does not really contain adequate terms to describe this. As a result of this structure it is virtually impossible to sequence events in time unless the time is named. This is normally not done. Try to get a grip on this. For the Arabs, Jesus was born yesterday. God spoke to Muhammad some time in the past, but when is a little cloudy. Israel has lasted some time? so what? the crusades are for them an ongoing unfinished business. Why do you think the jihadis keep calling us "crusaders? pl
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Tom Streckart OK, you arrogant prick. I have been all over Palestine and Israel on my own perhaps 20 times. I have worked on and in the ME for 40+ years. I speak the language of the Arabs fluently. Do you? pl
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Tom Streckart I have been in the West Bank and Gaza many times. My impression of Gaza is of a large outdoor prison. My impression of the West Bank is of a Bantustan/Indian reservation. I have been to a lot of Catholic institutions in Bethlehem; Bethlehem University, the crèche for abandoned Muslim children, mostly girls, the old folks home, the kindergarten run by French nuns. What's your point? pl
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LeaNder The Greek Orthodox natives in Palestine are Arabs with some admixture of ancient vestigial blood. They do not identify with anything in WW2. Get over yourself. You are obsessed with German guilt. pl
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