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Who says that? But - if they weren't blowing themselves up, would any of us be talking about them? Or caring about anyone there at all as long as the oil kept flowing?

Well, Fiz for one... and I don't know if we'd be talking about them if they weren't blowing people up... maybe not, but does that make it right?

Dude, you seriously can't post in the tinderbox. Every time I try to read your posts my eyes drift to the left.....

Sorry... hot ain't she? Full pics of her in the Lovely Ladies...

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True Dat. In fact given our power, we are probably a "better" nation than a lot of others. That still does not give us a pass, it just makes the bar get set higher for who we aspire to be.

I know and have seen how the US can be on the wrong side many times. I read the Ugly American, and its mostly a true story.

But the one thing that really bothers me irt criticism of the US is that people sometimes believe that our government has more power and influence than it really does. It seems that some of our people think that the US government can overthrow any government that it chooses to using the CIA.

The truth is that the US government can sometimes influence things to go a certain way. But unless we involve ourselves militarily, we generally can't overthrow a government that is popular with most sections of a population. We don't have as much influence as some seem to think.

Take for example, the overthrow of the elected government in Iran which the shah replaced. Its true that we and the british supported the shah, provided funds and did a few things we shouldn't have done. But, the primary reason Mohammed Mosaddeq was overthrown is that he tried to bring a secular government into a muslim country and he angered the Shia clerics. Had he not lost the support of those clerics, the US support for the Shah would likely have meant very little.

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That is a oversimplification of the '53 coup that's just as bad as the one you were trying to address.

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That is a oversimplification of the '53 coup that's just as bad as the one you were trying to address.

Well, its a message board, don't have the time or space to go into an indepth discussion. But the shia clerics hold a great deal of power in Iran now and they did then. More than the CIA ever held.

The CIA and the Brits may have pushed some pieces around, but the pieces were already in place before the Western nations got involved.

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obama is in way under his head.

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It's not my defense and you just argued against yourself... you said that they were "systematically oppressed" by the US, did you not? But who is really oppresing them? It's their own governments that's who.

using american made rifles with american intelligence and financial backing. im sure you know all about our little adventures in chile, argentina, greece, east timor, pakistan, and oh say 80s iraq just to name a few.

It's like Deac says, they may be pissed at us for being on their soil and "corrupting" their values, but we do not oppress them, they do a fine job of that themselves.

you should really read up on things like the imf and world bank they would bloooooooow your mind

No obviously they cannot resist in that way... so is that your defense of them blowing up innocent people?

from a military perspective it's all they can do.

you know the british used to bitch about americans not lining up right and proper on the battlefield and marching straight at them.

Al Queada, PLO, Hamas, etc. all the arab terrorists groups and those that support them.

Al Qaeda are f*cking lunatics and need to be wiped out.

the PLO officially recognized the state of Israel in 1993 and haven't done a damn thing since then.

Hamas is fighting a country that robbed them of their homeland, indiscriminately murders member of the west bank, and imposes strict economic sanctions on them and has basically destroyed their entire way of life. Hamas was also democratically elected, and instead of pissing and moaning that they're a terrorist organization, you should probably wonder why the people were driven to a point they'd elect them. Are you going to decry the israeli government when the people elect likud into power?

also if you want some fun reading about how the US and much of the western media is completely in the tank for Israel and didn't actually provide any honest coverage of the latest slaughter, plus a run through of how israel broke the truces, read this.

thousands and thousands of Palestinians dancing and cheering in the streets.

that was almost certainly staged

During exact view of the complete, not sent pictorial material it is noticeable that it is calm on the road drumherum. Only before the camera a group of scratched open children. The woman, whom with their joy-tumble in memory remains, continues shortly thereafter unmoved. Remarkably a man in a white T-shirt. It stimulates the children, and it gets new people again and again ran.

The woman, who went straight, says today, one promised its cake, if she is pleased before the camera. It was frightened, when it saw the pictures on the television. Never it looked forward about the attack to the USA. Truth? Production?

but if crowd reactions are a debatable point, what do you make of the millions who took to the streets of iran to mourn 9/11?

OK, so there's a precendence for these types of attacks, does make everything alright in your eyes?

not all the time.

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not all the time.

There's no point in discussing this any further, we'll just have to agree to disagree. I can't in any circumstance understand any defense of those who are willing to indiscriminately kill whoever they can to try and get their point across.

I've never argued that the United States is innocent. But you can't blame everything on US policy either.

Peace out.

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There's no point in discussing this any further, we'll just have to agree to disagree. I can't in any circumstance understand any defense of those who are willing to indiscriminately kill whoever they can to try and get their point across.

I've never argued that the United States is innocent. But you can't blame everything on US policy either.

Peace out.

And they wonder why we call them America Haters! Sheesh!

And I'd like to know if the PLO that recognized Israel as a state, the same PLO led by the terrorist Yasser Arafat at the time, who would come here and make all kinds of BS statements, hug Jimmy Carter, then go home and talk about the eradication of Israel in addresses to his posse, is the PLO Fiz is talking about?

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You guys know that when people call for the end of israel they're almost never talking about Jews right? When we make fun of Florida we're not making fun of Jews, usually.

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Also hatr Arafat was given the Nobel peace prize for his negotiations. I know it's kind of worthless after people like Friedman and Kissinger got one but it's not like arafat was some mindless terrorist

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