The joke going around during Gulf War I, if I can call it that, was: "what movie
has been banned by Saddam Hussein? Iraqnophobia, of course." ("Arachnophobia," a
horror flick involving spiders, was in the movie theatres about that time).

Stacy Smith wrote:

> You should have said we are between Iraq and a hard place.  Lol.
> Stacy.
> At 10:15 AM 12/17/2002 -0500, you wrote:
> >I have come to the conclusion that Marc was cheated by the Pakistani owner
> >of a convenience store in his neck of the woods!  :-)  Marc, while I agree
> >that Pakistan is not the country to model our society after and that there
> >are many distinct factions operating within the government, often at odds
> >with each other, do you believe that there are any other bad guys out there
> >(other than Bush, I mean :-).
> >
> >If we limited out allies to only those who were just like us, we would have
> >very few allies indeed.  We partnered with Stalin in WWII because (being
> >VERY generous) we felt that to do otherwise would seriously hamper our war
> >efforts.  Having someone as a temporary ally does not mean that you condone
> >their behavior.  Rather it means that you are usually between a rock and a
> >hard place, and you may want to deny your adversary that country as his
> >ally.
> >
> >I would hazard to guess that we both believe that you prioritize your
> >problems and work from the top down.  Perhaps it is the case that you have a
> >different prioritized list than do I.  However, I think that Afghanistan and
> >Iraq and North Korea are higher on the list than is Pakistan, which, by the
> >way, is pretty high up on my list.
> >
> >And then, of course, you bring up a very interesting Libertarian argument
> >about free markets and opium (note I didn't say you put it forward).  I
> >honestly would be very interested in your elaborating on this topic.
> >
> >Jon
> >
> >Marc A. Schindler wrote:
> >
> >I don't think it matters (to me, anyway) whether it was deliberate or not.
> >The
> >people in central and SW Afghanistan in particular have little choice, as
> >there is
> >no economic alternative for them. One could just as easily say this is the
> >"free
> >market" at work without the help of the CIA. I *do* believe, however, that
> >the ISI
> >(Pakistan's counterpart) was behind it for reasons of their own.
> >
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Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada -- Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

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