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(NPR)   Stop me if you've heard this one before: Islamists are hijacking a revolution in the Middle East   (npr.org) divider line 26
    More: Obvious, Islamists, Syrians, Aleppo, Damascus  
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1054 clicks; posted to Politics » on 27 Feb 2013 at 11:17 AM (2 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-02-27 10:44:38 AM  
Why start one yourself when you can just co-op one?

It's just smart.
 
2013-02-27 10:45:11 AM  
Why can't the buddhists or hindus hijack something once in awhile???

We need a little more:

i1048.photobucket.com

And -

i1048.photobucket.com

With a lot less:

i1048.photobucket.com

and this -

i1048.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-27 10:57:36 AM  
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-02-27 11:18:37 AM  

JerkyMeat: Why can't the buddhists or hindus hijack something once in awhile???

We need a little more:

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And -

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With a lot less:

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and this -

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Someone should look at the militant Buddhists in Sri Lanka
 
2013-02-27 11:18:47 AM  
is it too late to bring the Ba'athists back?
 
2013-02-27 11:19:32 AM  

meat0918: JerkyMeat: Why can't the buddhists or hindus hijack something once in awhile???

We need a little more:

[i1048.photobucket.com image 784x1024]

And -

[i1048.photobucket.com image 850x637]

With a lot less:

[i1048.photobucket.com image 500x369]

and this -

[i1048.photobucket.com image 600x370]

Someone should look at the militant Buddhists in Sri Lanka


and Hindu terrorists in northern India. They're just a lot more quiet about it
 
2013-02-27 11:23:46 AM  
Another thing.  This makes the US pondering if maybe now they should start directly aiding Syrian rebels a little more clear.

Back the secularist Freedom Fighters TM to stop the Terrorist Islamists TM
 
2013-02-27 11:24:05 AM  

meat0918: Someone should look at the militant Buddhists in Sri Lanka


As far as I can tell, the "militant" group in Sri Lanka proclaims itself as a hindu group.

But I wouldn't know the political geography of that region from the place where my poop comes out.
 
2013-02-27 11:28:23 AM  
Bhuddist terrorists in Nepal are more into barbeque
 
2013-02-27 11:32:08 AM  
More proof our efforts to eradicate Muslims in the Middle East are a failure.
 
2013-02-27 11:34:27 AM  

wedun: meat0918: Someone should look at the militant Buddhists in Sri Lanka

As far as I can tell, the "militant" group in Sri Lanka proclaims itself as a hindu group.

But I wouldn't know the political geography of that region from the place where my poop comes out.


The ones fighting back against that group.  They got a little tired of being pushed around.  Can't say I blame them.
 
2013-02-27 11:37:59 AM  
thanks obama.
 
2013-02-27 11:49:55 AM  
You know who else likes jokes?

media.comicvine.com
 
2013-02-27 12:01:22 PM  
Like the hijacking in Egypt? You mean the elections? How is that a hijacking?
 
2013-02-27 12:13:12 PM  
www.ushistory.org

It happens to the best of 'em.
 
2013-02-27 12:43:03 PM  
The US is already offering arms to our favored, more secular rebels. The Islamists are not only getting free weapons and foreign fighters, their donors are also helping with food, shelter, etc. Unless the US or another Western power wants to make sure the FSA can also provide those things, the Islamists will be winning hearts and minds. I am not sure it is appropriate for a Republic to give to a political party in another country. It seems that private Salafist donors should be met with private secular donors. Only a small number of world governments really get much say in Syria's political scene anyways, Turkey, Qatar, and Russia. Not the US or Western Europe.
 
2013-02-27 12:58:11 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-02-27 01:16:00 PM  
Islamism and democracy are entirely uncompatible. Instead of focusing on democratization, we should be working on secularization.
 
2013-02-27 01:22:21 PM  

JesusJuice: Islamism and democracy are entirely uncompatible. Instead of focusing on democratization, we should be working on secularization.


Yes, Ataturk...i mean... Attaboy.
 
2013-02-27 01:29:27 PM  

griffer: JesusJuice: Islamism and democracy are entirely uncompatible. Instead of focusing on democratization, we should be working on secularization.

Yes, Ataturk...i mean... Attaboy.



It's a shame that he is being erased from modern Turkish society.
 
2013-02-27 02:51:12 PM  
And this would be why the US is wise to not get involved. I'd like to say we learned our lesson but the way some morons in the Senate whargarrbl sounds like only some of us have.
 
2013-02-27 03:30:32 PM  
So are they currently backed by the CIA, perviously were, or going to be?
 
2013-02-27 03:57:20 PM  
Surely this is all somehow Obama's fault.
 
2013-02-28 09:31:40 AM  
What a bloody great big surprise.

/saw this coming the Arab Spring started
 
2013-02-28 09:33:11 AM  

Yomoxu: What a bloody great big surprise.

/saw this coming the moment the Arab Spring started


FTFM
 
2013-02-28 09:31:43 PM  
JesusJuice
Islamism and democracy are entirely uncompatible. Instead of focusing on democratization, we should be working on secularization

It's just hilarious. Way back when, we essentially created Sunni extremism as a way to dilute the influence of "godless communists". Now, hoist on our own petard but free of the "godless communists", we want to take things in the other direction. Here's an idea - maybe we should consider halting our grand designs of mucking about with other cultures for reasons that are both transparently selfish and transparently hypocritical? We support plenty of dictators, and we're hardly a world bastion of secularism. Look at what our own religious extremists are supporting in Africa, for example.

Yomoxu
What a bloody great big surprise./saw this coming the Arab Spring started

This isn't a problem of the Arab Spring generally. Yes, I know some people will say the same thing is happening in Egypt, even though it really isn't. This is a problem specifically of Syria having been from the beginning a fight largely between Shia regime loyalists and Sunni extremists who hate the Shia regime because they are not Sunni. The language of hating dictatorships, wanting freedom, etc. is really just a cloak for the true underpinning of that conflict - sectarianism. Who engages in sectarian warfare? Religious extremists. I'm not a fan of Assad, but I'm also not a fan of Al Qaeda types.

It's a complex situation - there always were some, and now that the battle has been being waged in the streets of Syria for so long, a lot of moderates are being drawn into it... and being recruited into the extremes in the process.
 
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