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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 09:55 PM
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Merkel: Leaving Afghanistan Could Spark 2nd 9/11
Source: UPI

BERLIN, April 22 (UPI) -- Pulling out of Afghanistan too soon could lead to a terrorist attack more devastating than 9/11, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday.

"The international community has pledged to work together in Afghanistan, that can only be ended by mutual agreement," she said in a speech before Germany's lower house of Parliament. "To do otherwise -- I am convinced -- would have consequences far more devastating than the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001."


About 3,000 people died Sept. 11, 2001, when four U.S. jetliners were hijacked. Two were crashed into the twin towers at New York's World Trade Center and another was smashed into the Pentagon outside Washington. The fourth crashed in Pennsylvania when passengers tried to take control from the hijackers.

more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2010/04/22/Merkel-L... /

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Be afraid.
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LetsgoWings13 Donating Member (144 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 10:00 PM
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1. Crazy Germans
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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 10:03 PM
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2. What a dumb statement. What could Afghanistan do that would be more harmful
then 911? They didn't have jack shit to do with it to begin with. They have no modern military or capable weapon of mass destruction. If another 911 happens, it is because we let it happen. If someone tried to hijack a plane with a box cutter in the US a 120 pissed off people would beat the crap out of them before they made it two rows.
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Mari333 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 10:04 PM
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3. You sure she isnt George Bush in drag?
he trotted out the same old shite.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 10:13 PM
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4. send in more german troops ms merkel...one for every one we pull out.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 10:14 PM
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5. Some 70% in Germany are against the occupation. Even the CIA's propaganda
advice isn't enough to make the war durable.
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Webster Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 10:36 PM
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6. Bullshit!
I do agree that we should stay there though. This is a major and recent reversal on my position on that war.

Bin laden died in 2002. The Taliban are a bunch of fucking punks. They aren't going to pull off another 9/11.

I'm so torn on this! I'm anti-war, but have despised the Taliban since before 9/11.

I first heard of them when they blew up the ancient Buddha statues, and when the chimp sent them 43 million to stop growing opium.

Months before 9/11, I was in touch with a SF Bay Area Afghan Activist after writing a letter to the SF Chronicle, where I was raging about the Taliban. He wanted me to help him organize a protest against the Taliban and Pakistani ISI, who were working together in Afghanistan. Then 9/11 happened, and I lost touch with him.

I support a NATO action (not just the US) in that country, due to my hatred of the Taliban and their treatment of women, and teachers, and all the rest of their brutality. I wish the NATO forces could wipe the mutherfuckers out.

I suppose there would be a whole new generation of them to take the place of the ones we get rid of though. I hate this fucking planet! (sometimes) :banghead:
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amborin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 10:40 PM
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7. staying there sure will
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ZeitgeistObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 10:43 PM
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8. Merkel is just being political internationally.
She knows better than that.
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-22-10 10:54 PM
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9. that backrub from Shrub must've hit some deeper tissue than previously thought
n/t
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laststeamtrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-10 12:24 AM
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10. The Roots of Terrorism.
Some excerpts from an article:

NYC 9/11 Trial Will Shine the Lights on the Roots of Terrorism
By Ray McGovern, Consortium News
Posted on November 17, 2009

<snip>

For reasons that are painfully obvious, the FCM (Fawning Corporate Media) have done their best to ignore or bury the role that Israels repression of the Palestinians has played in motivating the 9/11 attacks and other anti-Western terrorism.

<snip>

A more convincing swing at this issue was taken in an unclassified study published by the Pentagon-appointed U.S. Defense Science Board on Sept. 23, 2004, just two months later. The board stated:

Muslims do not hate our freedom, but rather, they hate our policies. The overwhelming majority voice their objections to what they see as one-sided support in favor of Israel and against Palestinian rights, and the longstanding, even increasing support for what Muslims collectively see as tyrannies, most notably Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Pakistan, and the Gulf States.

Thus, when American public diplomacy talks about bringing democracy to Islamic societies, this is seen as no more than self-serving hypocrisy.

<snip>

...at a public hearing in June 2004, 9/11 Commissioner Lee Hamilton asked a panel of government experts, What motivated them to do it?

The CIA analyst in the group is seen in some panic, directing his eyes toward the other panelists in the all-too-obvious hope that someone else will answer the politically loaded question. FBI Supervisory Special Agent James Fitzgerald rose to the occasion, saying:

I believe they feel a sense of outrage against the United States. They identify with the Palestinian problem; they identify with people who oppose oppressive regimes, and I believe they tend to focus their anger on the United States.

<more>

http://www.alternet.org/story/144014 /



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