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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 12:56 PM
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How is Pakistan different than Iraq?
Hmmm.
The military controls Pakistan.
The military controlled pre-invasion Iraq

Pakistan is run by a dictator
Iraq was run by a dictator

Pakistan has nuclear weapons,
Iraq had no weapons and no active plans to get them

Pakistan received aid from the US while a dictatorship
Iraq received aid from the US while a dictatorship

Pakistan has strong cultural differences within it, leading to occasional civil wars.
Iraq has strong cultural differences within it, leading to occasional civil wars.

Pakistan has attacked its neighbors.
Iraq has attacked its neighbors.

Religious issues threaten Pakistan
Religious issued threatened Iraq



NOW I GET IT. The only difference between Iraq and Pakistan is that Pakistan has nukes. Because Pakistan has nukes, Musharraf is our bestest biggest bestest friend in the region. Imagine what a good friend to America he would have been if Saddam had nukes!
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 12:58 PM
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1. Saddam HAS been a good friend to America. He didn't have nukes, but he did have oil. nt
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 01:00 PM
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2. and Pakistan helped so much in Tora Bora.
where's that sarcasm thingie?
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 01:34 PM
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5. Didn't think I'd need it. DUers get it. nt
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BuyingThyme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 01:00 PM
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3. Ummm.... They really do have something that might be called Islamo-fascism?
Or is it Islama-fascism?
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 01:14 PM
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4. i suspect that some of the
more conservative elements in Iraq are as conservative as the western tribes in Pakistan.

Another thing that Saddam and Musharraf had in common is they both kept a leash on those groups.
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LSK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 01:36 PM
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6. They were using the Govt to help their Corporations profit????
You know, actual FASCISM?
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Strelnikov_ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 01:50 PM
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7. No oil
With minimal energy resources and useful pipeline routes PetroDemocracy quotient indicates 'keep lid on pot' foreign policy approach until other resources in region have been 'liberated'.

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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 01:55 PM
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8. Someone should ask. How's Pakistan different than Venezuela?
That would get some interesting answers.
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 02:02 PM
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9. er they speak spanish in Venezuela?
the bankers worked in secret with the US to overthrow the country?
Ghuiliani never said no to Pakistan's offer of low priced fuel oil to help New York's poor?


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La Lioness Priyanka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-05-07 02:03 PM
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10. iraq has oil. pakistan doesn't. so we could care less.
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