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  •  "Never Get into a Land War in Asia"... (9+ / 0-)

    equally wise would be something like:

    "Caucasian, Christian people should stay the hell out of the middle east entirely, forever. just leave them alone".

    It's a tribal thing... and centuries long blood feuds; who needs THAT headache?

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    by Superpole on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 03:36:01 PM PST

    •  Caucasian? (1+ / 0-)
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      Better get a new term to mean white.

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      by dskoe on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 05:03:20 PM PST

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    •  Actually, Christians have lived in the Middle East (1+ / 0-)
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      for almost two millenia. By and large, they have gotten along with the Muslims. The recent persecution of Christians and attacks on Christian enclaves is a function of the new jihadi radicalism which, in turn, is a reaction to the activities of the largely Christian imperial powers.
         Centuries long blood feuds? Not really. There have been various ethnic hostilities in the past, but the idea of permanent warring tribes that have been fighting each other for centuries? That's western propaganda. Recall that our media was selling the same story about the Balkans back in the 1990s.
         But I agree with you that the US should minimize its involvement in the Mideast. Nothing good can come of pitting various peoples and religious sects against each other.

    •  There have been people of both types (0+ / 0-)

      aka caucasian and Christian, for as long as both have existed. Iranians are not Arabs.

      And Christianity began there, and has remained ever since (in the form of the Orthodox and Uniate churches.)

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      by Bobs Telecaster on Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 06:09:14 PM PST

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