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" A lot of Iran's empowerment is a result of the war in Iraq. "
" War does horrible things to human beings, to societies. It brings out the best, but most often the worst, in our human nature. "
" The U.S. spent billions of dollars to build a secular, professional national Iraqi army but failed because, despite all the U.S.-supplied guns, tanks and planes, the Iraqi military fell apart when challenged by a band of terrorists. "
" I don't think I'm invincible. "
" War can be fun for certain people. It's a magnet for sadists, losers, and angry dreamers. "
" I'm basically a pacifist. "
" Every child is taught if you try to please everyone, you end up upsetting everyone. "
" Fences and walls can be effective and even soothing, at least for those who build them. "
" The Muslim Prophet Mohammed was a big believer in charity and firmly established helping those in need as a basis of the religion. "
" Foreign aid projects have pumped billions of dollars into the Afghan economy. "
" Unfortunately, the American policy towards Pakistan is just to worry and express concern, and that is not a clear policy at all. "
" To be slapped with a shoe is a dirty insult in the Muslim world. "
" Staying in a very public fight with the U.S. is exactly what Al Qaeda wants. "
" Insurgencies are easy to make and hard to stop. Only a few ingredients need to combine to create an insurgency; like oxygen and fire, they're very common and mix all too often. The recipe is, simply, a legitimate grievance against a state, a state that refuses to compromise, a quorum of angry people, and access to weapons. "
" For many foreign fighters, the jihad in Iraq and Syria is a commuter war. "
" Based on the people l've spoken to, I think the impression is: Is America safer from Al Qaeda? Yes. Is America weaker as a nation because we have overspent and over-focused on Al Qaeda? Yes. I think that would be the conclusion that people seem to have come to and that I tend to agree with. "
" I don't think you're going to be seeing the U.S. employing large army divisions to deal with small terrorist groups again. I don't think they're going to be occupying foreign nations in order to dry up terrorist groups within them. I think that lesson has been learned. "
" Kidnapping is always a threat in this life of reporting on men hurting one another because of religion and politics. "
" I don't look for good-news stories or bad-news stories. "
" Anyone who follows the Middle East and Islamic world in general can't deny it is often a very violent place, that a band of instability now stretches from Algeria to Pakistan. "
" I think war should be illegal. "
" It's probably time to end the global war on terrorism. "
" The U.S., often in secret, carries out counterterrorism missions all the time, with drones in places like Yemen and Somalia. "
" The dangers of an Afghan collapse are many: Afghan deaths, a loss of American prestige, a loss of NATO prestige, a moral blow to U.S. troops and veterans, a Taliban resurgence, huge setbacks for women, and greater power for Pakistan and Pakistani extremists. "
" 'Shabiha' is a difficult word to translate into English. It comes from the word Syrians used to describe the luxury Mercedes favored by the Assad family's operatives that the enforcers of the regime used to move money, smuggle weapons and intimidate opponents. "