One cannot understand the game being played by the radicals in the Middle East apart from a pattern as old as the exile by the ancient Babylonians in the 6th century BCE of the elite (nobility) of Judea as a tactic for maintaining control of occupied masses:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylonian_captivity#Biblical_account_of_exiles

The murder of Benazir Bhutto fits this pattern as did her exile prior to her return to Pakistan.  The Maliki government in Iraq is profiting from this same pattern of threats of death to the bulk of Iraq’s intellectuals and professionals and their exile to nearby countries (or academic posts in the U.S. where one finds them bewailing what we have done to their country).  The Bolsheviks ‘cleansed’ Russia of its small but liberal middle class to install its own gangsters who brutalized the populations both of Russia and nearby countries swept up into the Soviet Union.  The Khmer Rouge perhaps most dramatically murdered its own Cambodian elites and any who had been property owners prior to their ascension to power.

Had Bush or his neocon puppet masters had any awareness of history, they never would have set out on their misbegotten war on Iraq.  Certainly they would not have participated in driving out the Iraqi elite groups and establishing the gangsters of the Maliki operation — now halting Bush in his tracks with their most recent threat of retaliation should Iraqis be allowed to sue for damages in American courts — just announced as the reason for a likely Bush veto of our major spending bill to get this permission removed from it.

What a sad loss in Bhutto.  But this is the prime play of the nihilists and presumably bin Laden and Co.  They merely need to kill off or drive into exile the natural leaders of the countries which they hope to dominate and then they can move in to manipulate the remaining fraudulent ones who can be removed in turn in due time.

One has to observe that the Bush administration has been a primary accomplice of the nihilists — and perhaps dangerously tempted to imitate them!.  We have just learned that J. Edgar Hoover had his hit list of 10,000 American whom he wished to round up and imprison with the suspension of habeas corpus.  Sadly Israel is playing this game with its own captive Palestinian population.

And so it went.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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