About: asia times online :: the complete spengler

Many articles analyze the war in the Middle East from an historic perspective.
This one & this one were interesting. It is difficult to figure out who he really is. He seems to take on the name of someone who is dead.

P.S. He is not a Bush fan.


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Mark de LA says
This article on gender parity was also amusing.
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"Last month mass hysteria apparently swept [Sudan's] capital city, Khartoum, after reports that foreigners were shaking hands with Sudanese men and causing their penises to disappear. One victim, a fabric merchant, told his story to the London Arabic newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi. A man from West Africa came into the shop and 'shook the store owner's hand powerfully until the owner felt his penis melt into his body'. I know the feeling. The same thing happened to me after shaking hands with Senator [Hillary] Clinton."

Seth says

source: Spangler: Fight a democracy, kill the people
Blame George W Bush for this grim necessity in Lebanon, where the refugee count already has reached 15-30% of the total population. In the name of Lebanese democracy, Washington brought Hezbollah into mainstream politics, and the newly legitimized Hezbollah in turn became the focus of life for Lebanon's 1.2 million Shi'ites. To uproot Hezbollah, one has to uproot the Shi'ite community.
Well i'm not so sure we can credit Bush with that fiasco but it does brings up the point that democracy in the ME rarely has the effect that Washington prefers. Hezbollah and Hamas being two glaring examples.  The assumption that the spread of democracy will just convert the region to fun loving Western styled societies is fundamentaly flawed. Obviously the prerequisites of those kinds of societies are not being met.  And why should they be?  And why is it even our business? 

Mark de LA says
There is an ebb & flow of isolationism throughout history. Pat Buchanan tried & still does represent that train of thought - but he was trounced severely every time he tried to get into office. Read No this is not our War if you must One challenge to consider, whether it is our war or not, is we seem to be a target of their war.  The USA was minding it's own business making the Middle East rich by buying it's oil when, SHAZAM , 9-11 happened. With the whole Middle East in the hands of Iran how soon do you think it would be before you had to visit a mosque to get your daily bread ?

Mark de LA says
I think the USA was trying to stay out of WW-II with a strong isolationist contingent when Pearl Harbor happened! For a long tome the USA only lent military stuff to the Great Briton to try to keep out of the war & the fact that Roosevelt was on thin ice getting involved.

Mark de LA says
In alignment with the first comment see this article:

This does it for me!

Mark de LA says
This also reminds me of Lott's Wife who turned to stone.

Mark de LA says
More Spengler here.