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  •  I had a very, very bad feeling when that happened. (3+ / 0-)
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    mali muso, reflectionsv37, marsanges

    I mean, not ascribing myself awesome powers of prediction.  But... I think people could legitimately see that as a sign of shit hitting the fan.  To use the technical terms :).

    I'm glad that we take this seriously now.  We're not perfect and history will always be able to find fault with us as a world for over-reacting or under-reacting, depending on the outcome.  But France's intervention, for all of its baggage, is better than sitting back and saying "not our problem."  (I'm inclined to keep it as a French intervention - they may be best equipped to handle this, and Hollande is no latter-day Napoleon - this intervention can be debated by reasonable people, but people accusing him of colonialism are unreasonable).

    I know that lots of people here hate any military intervention anywhere, ever, always.  But this is the right kind of military intervention.  And I won't miss any of the rebels - if they don't want to be blasted off the face of the planet, they can stop killing their own African brothers and sisters at any time.  Simple solution, really.

    Alternate histories are dangerous, but if we had intervened in Afghanistan in the '90s after the Red Army melted away, would Sept. 11th have happened?  If Clinton hadn't backed off Al Qaida after the lies about that "pharmaceutical" factory (it was much later proven that Clinton was right about it being weapons iirc), would Sept. 11th have happened?  It's easy to Monday morning quarterback and, as a child of the 80s, I recognize that I have no personal memory of Soviet Afghanistan, a memory that would give any sane person pause before sending an army into that ungovernable land.  Same goes for Bush, who of course received even more alarming warnings than Clinton did, but continued to focus on his deeply radical domestic agenda.

    Still, despite our setbacks, we get better.  We fail, sometimes horribly, but, with notable and horrible exceptions, we learn from our failures.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:59:11 PM PST

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