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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Friday, January 05, 2007


By Jack Kelly

"It's hard to win a war if you quit fighting in the middle of it. That's the lesson we should learn from Ethiopia's New Year's message to us.

Six months ago, when the militia of the Islamic Courts Union seized the Somali capital of Mogadishu, it appeared that the al Qaeda-affiliated radicals were on the verge of a major triumph. The redoubtable StrategyPage declared them "unstoppable," and the usual hand wringers were urging us to negotiate with them.

Ethiopia's military quickly defeated them last week because it unapologetically used force against vicious people who understand only force. They killed the people they needed to kill without worrying overmuch about collateral damage, and not at all about world opinion.

And though the Ethiopian soldiers are Christians, they were hailed as liberators in this overwhelmingly Moslem country.

We need to apply Ethiopia's lesson to Iraq." Read more......


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