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All of this is meaningless while American foreign policy includes regular incursions into sovereign territory, black ops, and drone strikes. The US should consider historical lessons of its efforts, as well as those of empires past, who focused on the governments and not the people. The US just isn't winning any hearts and minds of people here...the most common narrative still playing out among the populace is that the American's are either indirectly or directly causing the instability borne through violence throughout the country. Until American policy refocuses on the root causes and address them, they're just cutting down the weeds, rather than killing them from the roots.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/11/29/the_ties_that_bind
@garysgary That makes no sense... Rice is just as pro-Israel as any of the others in the Obama administration.
6 months ago on Clapper changed the talking points, but Rice still on the hot seat | The Cable
@sababa03 @benedictus @Clint1 The Jews lived peacefully along Christians and Muslims for centures. Muslims protected the Jews from the Christian Crusaders during those wars... read your history.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/11/21/tk_0
@pistolpete1962 @jklfairwin @benedictus According to your logic, there is nothing immoral about ethically cleansing the Jews from Palestine...? Ok.
@epn830 No...this has nothing to do with protecting shopping malls and everything with politics and the upcoming election, as well as the never-ending colonization and forced relocation of Palestinians throughout the region.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/11/19/tk_miller
@benedictus If someone forcefully put me on a "diet", which led to widespread malnourishment among my family, with the end result of my kids growth being stunted and my wife having miscarriages...then I'd fight back. You wouldn't?
6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/11/16/tk_1
@mrslate @freespeechlover A country that occupies another can never be "defending itself". That's like saying that Nazi Germany was defending itself against Polish and French fighters...and yes, it IS the same in this situation.
@mrslate @freespeechlover @BUDDHU You need to do some research... Jabari was responsible for brokering ceasefires between the Israelis and the militia in Gaza. Even many Israelis are questioning the propriety of killing that man.
@chalom What is criminal is occupying another's land and then keeping it under blockade and siege for years on end. Your people have openly stated they want to put the Palestinians in Gaza on a "diet", to malnourish them, but not kill them. Enjoy your apartheid roads and walls boss...they won't be around forever.
@mrslate Even IF Iran develops a weapon, which each and every agency involved has verified is not the case, is it really Iran and their evil intentions? Israel has been attacking its neighbors with impunity for decades, subjecting occupied people to "diets" (as alleged when the blockade began, and was proved just a few days ago), and has been rattling its sabers for years. Who's the evil one? When I threaten a neighbor with attack and he builds a wall around his house, that's an act of aggression by him?
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/10/18/swiss_cheese
@shamuzhihu As you said... sanctions only hurt the innocent Iranian civilians, not the military or leadership. How, then, are sanctions "stronger" than war? They are useless and inhumane. The cost of staples like rice and cooking oil have more than quintupled...meat has increased to ten times its cost a year ago. Sanctions ARE war, and in all cases are more indiscriminate than military attacks. That being said, neither are just given the FACT that Iran isn't developing nuclear weapons as all agencies involved have verified.
Someone named Weinthal thinks that sanctions on Iran are swiss cheese. Shocker.
@mrslate @MichaelRenner Right... so we're supposed to believe you, an anonymous commenter on Foreign Policy, over the myriad specialized intelligence and nuclear regulation agences? Who's stupid?
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/10/17/want_closure_go_talk_to_dr_phil
The author forgot Israel. If Israel starts a war, we will be dragged in and our resources and people in the region will have targets on their backs.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/10/17/tk_byman
@Tarquinis Not only that, but Iran JUST processed 1/3 of it's 20% enriched uranium into powder form, suitable only for it's medical isotope producing reactor.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/10/09/enough_already
Merriam-Webster defines "fealty" as: the fidelity of a vassal or feudal tenant to his lord. It's refreshing to see an FP blogger acknowledge American subservience to Israel...finally.
@MikeKry Decades of American policy says otherwise.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/10/02/the_case_for_humility
The source of this piece is laughable. RAND Corp...? Really? Now we're asking the Neocons whether sanctions are "working great"? The same group that WANTS war?
8 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/09/21/tk_1
@vcc @Clint1 You're so ignorant, it's sad. It's not for a lack of funding... sanctions prevent the drug companies from buying the materials necessary to make the medicine. What's so difficult to understand here?
@jgarbuz @Persian Gulf Reply Haha...tell that to the thousands of Palestinian women and children that are buried under Israel's bombs.
8 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://walt.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/09/14/why_americans_dont_understand_the_middle_east