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turcopolier
Interests: History (all kinds), theology, literature, cowboy boots, the War Between the States, Norwich Terriers.
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I am thinking of renting one. Are there opinions on the vehicle, service, price, height problems, etc? pl Continue reading
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jr786 It seems to me that an IS victory in SA would be dependent on a demonstration of capability against SA forces followed by a mass uprising spurred by IO work. Places like Tabuk and KKMC are death traps for them until SA is well ablaze. I expect to hear a lot of noise about Israel but not much action for a long time. IS knows that Israel will take massive action against them if they feel threatened. pl
FB Ali I don't know why people are so shy over the term "civil war." It seems to me that a coup or attempted coup in Turkey is very like civil war. pl
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"... on Friday IS had seized three more villages near Kobani, bringing to 24 the number it had taken. Esmat al-Sheikh, head of the Kurdish forces defending Kobani, said fierce clashes continued to the east, west and south of the... Continue reading
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Origin "Destroyed" Probably no, but I could easily imagine civil war. pl
Origin "Do any of you in the Committee see Turkey as a real possibility of saving this thing over the next decade?" No. pl
Cee IMO you should take the DNA test. It does not lie and it identifies kin who have also taken the test. pl
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Cee If you do not have an ancestry.com account you might consider getting one. Among other things the DNA test offered by them might surprise you. pl
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Cee Like everyone else I have numerous lines of ancestry. Several among them lead to continental Europe in the Middle Ages. Others lead to Scotland. pl
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Origin I created the term "Hauran of Sheep" brigade as an analog to "Bay of Pigs" Hauran in this case means a geographical place. I imagine that this is where the sacrificial FSA trainees are likely to be introduced into Syria. "Hauran" is the name ordinarily used for that are in classical studies of the ME. pl
MM Richard I Lionheart and friend to man, especially to man. He is my 24th great grand uncle. pl
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MM I suppose you mean the government of the German Hanoverian king. Could George II speak English in 1746? pl
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mistah charly ph.D I admire Becevich but I have told people that I do not want SST used as a bulletin board for other presentations. pl
piotr The Langs "fled in the night" and snow all the way to Ireland and then to America where they ended by marrying with the Puritan English, but that is another story. pl
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b http://www.jpost.com/Metro/Upsetting-the-apple-cart-375052 I am unimpressed. This harebrained scheme will fall on its ass. I am surprised that the Jordanians are so foolish as to allow this. On the other hand the idea that CIA would participate in something so unsound does not surprise me at all. According to your view of events, the US (CIA), Israel, and Jordan are all backing Nusra and other jihadi squirrels? That is a bit much even for an anti-American German like you to be pushing. you are way out on the end of a branch over this. pl
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MM No. pl
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"Now's the time, and now's the hour" Robert Burns The Langs of my family were a Jacobite sept of Macdonald of Glencoe. They left Scotland for Louth and Meath fifty years before Culloden after Killiecrankie and the Glencoe Massacre. They... Continue reading
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ISL The person referred to was a member of the kitchen cabinet and did not know there were two main forms of Islam. pl
Mark Lordy! Lordy! Ah do declah! SIR Michael Caine. Lordy! Seriously, sort of, I first read "The Washing of the Spears" when it was published, 1965 maybe? I was in Panama in the 8th SFGA. I loaned it to another fellah and his pet ocelot et it, as Gonville or Chard would have said. This was a seriously good book The US Naval attaché wrote it in his spare time during his time in London. Great movie. I see that you live up near Arlington. Ever been to RTs? I was there the other night and et a lovely dish of haddock baked and stuffed with crawfish and little shrimp and finished with a slightly spicy beurre blanc sauce. Lovely. pl
PirateLaddie It is mislabeled. It is from the man Who would be king. Gonville Bromhead in Zulu was a lieutenant. pl
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(Sean Connery and what's his name in "The Man Who Would be King.) Marty and Chuck were up on the Hill today before the Senate "Committee On The Conduct Of The War" (oops, wrong war) to explain the modalities of... Continue reading
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b If the supposed idea would be to have the LOC for the legion of the fragments run down through the narrow corridor described all the way to Jordan, then I must say that such an LOC would be extremely vulnerable to interdiction. pl
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b "The plan I describe is what the Syrian and Russian high commands are expecting..." Really? How do you know that? The comparison to the Iraq invasion betrays willingness to make inappropriate arguments for the mere "scoring of points." The decision to invade Iraq was a political decision not a military decision. The actual invasion was actually carried out completely according to plan in spite of constant interference in operations by von Rumsfeld and his civilian flunkies. This operation would be launched from a very shallow strip of land with a potential enemy just behind the force. Where would the logistics base for this force be located, in Galilee? The Israelis are reported, on occasion, to have indirectly given help to the Nusra Front when such help coincided with Israeli desire to prevent Assad taking delivery of equipment that they did not want the Syrian Army to have? The coincidence of events is not proof of causality. pl
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piotr "@ Col Lang - Sorry for this personal digression it's not my own blog but yours, I know it, but how many of your guests here are called "cowards"?" That's fair. I wish that had not happened and I ask PB not to do it again. pl
Croesus "... does anyone see the possibility of pan-Islamic solidarity in the region?" None at all. As for your foolishness about the West having exacerbated religious differences in the ME, how absurd! The only way you can say that with a straight face is from a base of zero experience of the region. pl