Nothing like a bit of scare mongering to cover flawed logic. Sounds a bit like you arrived at your conclusion then cherry-picked the facts that fit your scenario. Now, that sounds familiar...where have I seen that before? Oh yes, it was in 2003 during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. Andisher I realize that you have to earn a living, but please stop trying to frighten people. There are enough real problems in existence without you manufacturing more from thin air. There is no evidence that the US is on the verge of engaging in armed conflict with Iran.
Is it possible that the US Navy is patrolling the Iranian coast in preparation for a search and seizure campaign targeting illicit arms shipments? Another less sensational reason to station the fleet in the Gulf of Oman could be to establish a ready air defense in the event Israel decides to execute another Osirak-style raid against Iranian nuclear facilities. Perhaps the naval patrols are in the gulf to deter the increasing Iranian attacks on Iraqi coastal patrols.
You realize that US bombers do not require a refueling base at Diego Garcia. You see there's this process called mid-air refueling. As for Qatar blessing the use of their airfields and ports to launch an invasion of Iran - dream on. Qatar was the lone member of the UN Security Council that voted against sanctioning Iran for their foray into uranium enrichment. Based solely on an article in a British tabloid and a couple of unnamed sources you are absolutely convinced that your government is financing terrorists in Iran? Having lived in London for several years I can speak to the lack of credibility of much that is written it the Telegraph. Furthermore the planet is flooded with crackpot CIA agents and ex-intelligence officers. How about finding a solid believable source?
Of course there are a number of people who realize that you're being sensational for the sake of increasing readership. However, there are also a number of people who believe that you researched your position and actually know what you are talking about. For the sake of the latter group I say "Stop It!" This world is frightening enough without the likes of you making it worse.
1. The sun, stars and planets revolve around the earth.
2. Supersonic travel is impossible.
3. The next Ice Age is upon us.
4. Dinosaurs are extinct because they were unsuited for evolution.
5. The smallest elements of matter are electrons.
6. Humans are responsible for the rise in global temperature.
Yeah, you're right chief. The majority of the world's scientists have never been wrong about anything ;-)
Great article - unsettling, but informative and written in an even-handed manner.
As a dark skinned man with a foreign accent I see the Stormfront mentality every day. I meet people who are cordial and decent to my face, but would honestly rather I just "go back where I came from."
The comforting fact here is that groups like the Klan and the neo-Nazis will usually (not always) be relegated to the fringes of civilization. Whether they're hiding behind bedsheets and ridiculous pointy hats or behind a cloak of cyber anonymity they're still hiding. Whether the cause is gay pride or pro illegal immigration the people who support those causes have the courage to walk down Main Street in broad daylight. What about the David Dukes of the world?
Interesting editorial, but there wasn't much information regarding the framework of the agreement. There was no mention of the provisions for denuclearizing the Koreas, the fact that the Japanese balked at providing energy assistance (and why), which countries will provide aid and how much, etc.
The article was more of a diatribe lamenting the fact that, due to 12 years of ineffective foreign policy, North Korea now has nuclear weapons. To that point, while N. Korea detonated a fission device in October, the results are widely regarded as a failure (.440 kT yield). Their test produced what's known as a fizzle - a partial detonation of a fission bomb. This is a somewhat common result when you're working with Plutonium and aren't exactly sure what you're doing. To say that Kim (did Bush really call him a pygmy?) has 10 nuclear weapons is misleading.
In any event, your editorial (most of which I'm in agreement with) doesn't provide the details of the six nation agreement as advertized in the title. Also, calling this agreement practically identical to the 1994 treaty overlooks one detail that may or may not prove to be important. If Kim decides to thumb his nose at the US again, he'll also be flipping-off China, Russia, S. Korea and Japan.
Why oh why does every issue in this country become tied to race? If you believe this is a racial issue you don't understand the problem. White or black isn't the color of concern here - it's the color green. If the people living in North Fulton don't want to continue to subsidise the corrupt and inefficient government of Fulton county they should be free to try and invent something better. This has nothing to do with the American Civil War.
Most of the residents of North Fulton are transplants from other states and other countries (in my case). I'm not sure where you got your "lilly white" rebel-flag waving Johnny Reb impression of this area, but maybe you should drag yourself OTP and do a little reconoitering.
Oh and by the way...
"...a new county called Milton. I guess the intellectual struggle to devise new names finally overwhelmed the suburban rebels." Milton county was annexed by Fulton in 1931 so they're not wrestling with the problem of inventing a new name, they're just ressurecting an old one.
"...find two rural counties whose officials are so abysmally moronic they'd agree to consolidate." So let me understand your view - separation is bad and consolidation is also bad? So you're saying we've hit the utopian configuration for the state of Georgia at 159 counties?
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