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Saturday, October 22, 2016
  • David L. Allison

    ISIS or USA?

  • Allan Richardson

    Possibly both. That’s one of the facts of diplomacy and war. Hitler came to power partly by appealing to German voters who were afraid of a Communist revolution in Germany (the very first armed Marxist revolt, in the 19th century, created the Berlin Commune, which was put down eventually). But when he wanted to attack Poland, he made a deal with Stalin to divide Poland between them. Then in 1941 he broke that deal and attacked Russia (Operation Barbarossa, which led to the siege of Stalingrad and eventually to huge German losses), which opened up two fronts for him (fortunately, evil intent does not endow someone with high intelligence) and made his defeat by the West easier. But Stalin and his ideology had hopes of one day defeating all the free and capitalist countries also, so he allied Russia with us and Britain against Hitler (while remaining neutral to Japan) and we had to make use of that alliance; Hitler was a bigger IMMEDIATE threat than Stalin. Once Germany was defeated, and divided, the Cold War started. That’s life in the big world community, sometimes you have to get help from A to defeat B, and sometimes you have to ask B to help you against A.

  • Ocean Sprayz

    In related news, here are the US deaths in Afghanistan, by year:Bush2001: 52002: 302003: 312004: 492005: 942006: 872007: 1112008: 151Total = 558Obama2009: 3032010: 4972011: 4942012: 2942013: 115Total = 1,703