Obama may meet his timeline for ending the war with Afghanistan — not at his choice but that of a combination of Americans and Pakistanis blocking our main entry route through their territory.  They have had it with us killing Pakistanis and some may well support the Taliban resistance to us.

Western colonialism over the centuries has created artificial states in the Middle East (and elsewhere) combining conflicting tribal groups and religions.  My brilliant Nigerian college roommate made me aware of this in Nigeria where internal war against the oil grabbers still flames.  My roommate returned to this country to continue his medical research and practice.

As a retired legal philosopher and current blogger, I have watched the global economy displace our costly military domination.  Too many have now replaced our Soviet enemy with Muslims in general as we can see from the attacks on this — one of our newest immigrant groups which, incidentally, had about 80 Muslims killed on 9/11 when they were trapped in the falling towers and some are now buried in bits where we dumped the debris.

Apart from the Saudis and others being bought with our monies, we are not loved over there.  I recall an excellent junior year high school teacher alerting us to our abuses in Latin American and the Middle East where Ike’s CIA and British oil ended off early attempts at democratization by the Iranians.

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Mohammad Mosaddegh (Persian: محمد مصدّق, IPA: [mohæmˈmæd(-e) mosædˈdeÉ£]  ( listen)* also Mossadegh, Mosaddeq, Mossadeq, Mosadeck, or Musaddiq) (19 May 1882 – 5 March 1967) was the democratically elected[1][2][3][4] Prime Minister of Iran from 1951 to 1953 when he was overthrown in a coup d’état backed by the United States Central Intelligence Agency.

From an aristocratic background, Mosaddegh was an author, administrator, lawyer, prominent parliamentarian, and politician, famous for his passionate opposition to foreign intervention in Iran. During his time as prime minister, a wide range of progressive social reforms were carried out. Unemployment compensation was introduced, factory owners were ordered to pay benefits to sick and injured workers, and peasants were freed from forced labour in their landlords’ estates. Twenty percent of the money landlords received in rent was placed in a fund to pay for development projects such as public baths, rural housing, and pest control.

<a href=” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Mosaddegh”></a>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Mosaddegh

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Let us hope Iranian retaliation will not use WMDs.  The murderous resistance movements around the world have merely followed our — the Brits and U.S. models — for controlling and exploiting others.  Iraq was to be the Bush/Cheney center of control over there.  We built the largest embassy in the world in Iraq.

Need I quote our slaughters of innocents then and now (our drones and freaked out troops)?

“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)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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