And so what should the US do?….as nothing seems to work…any ideas out there?
Comment on What do Iraq’s Sunni Arabs have in common with Ferguson, Mo. African-Americans? by JTMcPhee
Check out the shoot-em-up videos under “Syria combat” on YouTube and such. Lots of that as tactics. Somehow it seems to still result in casualties, and “movement.” I wonder if the better schooled Gunmen of IS display any better discipline. For $20 billion in Training Bucks, this is what we get as our return on investment?
Nice helmet cams, though. Home movies galore.
Actually, there is a split among whites. If all whites were on the same side, logically Obama would have gotten no white votes at all. But there are now two Americas, one mostly urban and somewhat integrated and multicultural, and the other one like what you describe.
This is partly why the Tea Party whites are so freaked out. They see their own children betraying them by hanging out with blacks, Latinos, gays, non-Christians, etc. Now blacks are actually moving into old inner-ring suburbs, while white bigot flight surges further into the exurbs, bleeding into the ugliness of rural tribalism.
So those whites are very, very organized and political, while the laid-back whites are politically ignorant, unaware of the alarming historical parallels of this proto-secessionist wave, inclined to be libertarian and maybe not that sympathetic to their minority neighbor’s incompatibility with white patriarchal capitalism. A weak opposition, at best, which is exposed in midterm elections like 1994 and 2010. When will that white America take a stand on fascist cops when it wouldn’t do so after Occupy?
Peshmerga and Iraqi forces cooperated long enough to wrest a vital strategic asset back from the Islamic State. But can this tense alliance last?
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The Islamic State has conquered much of Iraq with the help of Saddam’s cronies. Now the men America once discarded could help win the country back.
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“My only thought was to rescue my son,” Zalloum recalled in an interview. She hit her son’s abductor on the head with her cellphone.
The teenage assailant punched her in the face and shoved her to the ground, kicking her with his boots “with hatred,” she said. Zalloum blacked out. Her sons escaped to a nearby dry cleaner, and the workers ran outside, but Ben-David and his accomplice sped away.”
Western governments and media are culpable: British Jihadists and Western Correspondents Share Safe Houses in 2012
“It happened that I had been in a Syrian rebel safehouse on the border the day before our colleagues were taken; there, I had stumbled across two British Muslim men with long beards who were about to enter Syria. They were clearly jihadis and uncomfortable in my presence. About ten days later, Foley’s colleagues made it out of Syria. They had, it turned out, been taken prisoner by foreign Muslim radicals, the most vicious of whom spoke with British accents.””
Comment on What do Iraq’s Sunni Arabs have in common with Ferguson, Mo. African-Americans? by Juan Cole
thanks, Jim! The old format is still there for those who prefer it; just bookmark: