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Furthermore, I agree that US and Ethiopian actions (aside from being illegal under international law) might have the opposite effect of fomenting (instead of discouraging) radicals.

Well of course: there's nothing these people are good at except fomenting radicals. They need them in order to survive, in the same way  that the crazy Israelis need the crazy Palestinians and the men of violence in Northern Ireland needed each other. Their power comes from the existence of a simple enemy. Without them they would have no reason to exist.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sat Jan 20th, 2007 at 03:51:23 PM EST
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Just like Bushido, the armchair warrior:

Once, a group of travellers were on a perilous journey, in the course of which they had to cross a river. Unluckily, their guide forgot the location of the bridge, so the party had to ford the river, which, at the place they then found themselves, was shallow but very wide. After several minutes of wading through the icy water, the travellers began to grumble, "This guide is worthless! Let us abandon him and find another!" Sensing the discontent of his charges, the guide cleverly led them into a deeper part of the river [my comment: any resemblance to the current troop "surge" in Iraq is purely coincidental, mind you], where the current was stronger and the footing more treacherous. "Help us!" the travellers cried. "Esteemed guide, do not abandon us!"

The unenlightened believe it to be the height of felicity to have no enemies. The armchair warrior knows, however, that only a steady supply of enemies can assure him the loyalty of his friends. When so-called wise men warn him that in rashly slaughtering his enemies he is merely manufacturing more of them, he smiles.

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Sat Jan 20th, 2007 at 04:02:02 PM EST
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