I'm sorry the conservative movement has left you behind. I'm an atheist but I have a copy of the Bible on my bookshelf and have read more of it than most people who claim to be Christians. I also have a copy of Atlas Shrugged and I've read it although I find Rand's philosophy repulsive.Comment Posted By Ron Beasley On 18.02.2010 @ 21:25
Great post RickComment Posted By Ron Beasley On 17.08.2008 @ 23:15
Although we agree a virtually nothing I can always count on you for an intelligent take on things without the kool-aide boilerplate.
"His ties to Iran notwithstanding"Comment Posted By Ron Beasley On 31.03.2008 @ 11:19
One reality that needs to be recognized is that Iran doesn't just have a dog in this race, they have all the dogs. Keep in mind that while Sadr may have ties to Iran the people he was fighting in Basra, the ISCI and the Badr Corp are creations of Iran and are more supportive of Iranian goals than al-Sadr.
RickComment Posted By Ron Beasley On 23.03.2008 @ 11:13
You made your first mistake in the first sentence:
"The United States number one ally in the War on Terror"
Musharraf was never an ally in the war on terror - he only played one on TV. He said all the right things to keep the money flowing in from the Bush administration. Pakistan has been talking to these people all along, the only thing that has changed is that the new people are less willing to say what we want to hear.
Boy Rick, you nailed it here:
"but failed to take into account those other historical forces at work 40 years ago, including one even more powerful than Communism â€“ anti-colonialism."
Something few on your side of the fence will admit. And yes the same thing is going on in Iraq.
MMMM...not sure that anti-colonialism is quite the strong force it was 40 years ago. I was actually referring to other currents underlying the Arab world including the Shia awakening that began actually early in the 20th century but has now accelerated tremendously with Iran, Lebanon's Hezb'allah, and a few other organizations in the Gulf states that are empowering Shia Muslims. That is a much more potent force in Iraq than anti-colonialism which Saddam's rise pretty much took care of.
Btw - I'm not sure that Arab nationalism is all that potent a force either. They've been trying to unite the Arabs for 100 years and it has proven to be impossible. The real question is whether these forces are actually changing the middle east for the better or are they liable to rip it apart. The jury is out on that one.
Ed.Comment Posted By Ron Beasley On 16.03.2008 @ 20:29
Good letter Rick but they will continue to have her on as long as they think it's a plus for the bottom line. It would be much more effective is you threatened to start contacting sponsers.Comment Posted By Ron Beasley On 3.03.2007 @ 18:55
Mark H.Comment Posted By Ron Beasley On 20.12.2006 @ 11:29
In case you hadm't noticed it will be necessary "to nip the Christo-Fascist designs in the bud" as well.
I saw this story on memeorandum this morning and wisely decided it was not worth a comment. Much to my amazement it remained on memeorandum all day, you were right it was real blogosphere fodder. My first thought was if this is true there should be no population in Japan. They have lived on soy for a very long time and should have all been gay decades ago. I travelled to Japan a couple of times a year in the 90s and they are not all gay.Comment Posted By Ron Beasley On 12.12.2006 @ 23:47
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