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  •  We're not. We're competing with them for recruits. (0+ / 0-)

    That people who used to be aligned with al Qaeda, and fighting Americans, are now aligned with Americans, is a VERY GOOD THING.

    I think that one of the most important reasons to side with the Arab Spring protesters in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya is to encourage them to be aligned with us, as opposed to with al Qaeda.

    "Al Qaeda" isn't a genetic condition, you know.  That someone was once in an organization that was affiliated with al Qaeda doesn't make them inherently wrong in everything they do for the rest of their lives.

    Heck, I think that a lot of the people who went to Iraq to resist the occupation HAD A POINT.  YMMV.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 03:25:52 PM PDT

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