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  •  If Mossad or anyone else had known jack (0+ / 0-)

    then they would have headed off the blast at Tyre. Killed 30, injured 60.

    Israel blamed Iran, which was hardly a stretch. Reagan started sending weapons and gear to Saddam Hussein for his war with Iran.

    To the Iranians, we were at war.

    It's hard for Americans to understand how deeply Iranians then and Iraqis more recently have hated America.

    Ihtilal means more than "occupation" in Arabic.

    •  not hard for me to understand how deeply (2+ / 0-)
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      iranians and iraquis hate america.  I just imagine the us overthrowing my elected government, or my dictator government who is buds with america and then I think I can begin to get a clue.  But you're right, without knowing anybody who died as a result of those actions, it is hard to understand it completely.

      •  America replaced Saddam with L. Paul Bremer. (0+ / 0-)

        Things got one helluva lot worse. A hundred times the violent-and-medical deaths. Economic disaster. Black Hole for foreign crazies who came in to truck- and suicide-bomb both Americans and Shi'ia Iraqis.

        Earlier, America had replaced a legitimate national government with a dictator, the Shah. He built SAVAK and took to torturing young men for a couple months for no particular reason.

        "In the Belly of the Green Bird" is a decent starting point. The book also displays proper technique for covering a war. Almost uniquely.

        (In Afghanistan we've been sending troops there with no language skills and no nose dogs. Either blunder makes that a loser.)

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