September 25, 2014

dAs you know the world is full of conflict right now and I thought we’d take a look at a couple and see what the governments are doing to stop them. First up, the Mid- East and American air strikes to try and stop the advance of Isis. Well if you look at Viet Nam you see we carpet bombed the hell out of the country and accomplished nothing but to unite the country in its resolve to get rid of us. I really don’t think just air strikes are going to make these people go away and if they do tomorrow there will be someone else. The people in those countries have been fighting Christians and Jews since the beginning of time and I don’t see them stopping any time soon. Islam is the second largest religion in the world it’s also the fastest growing one. Now let’s take a quick look at the Colombian civil war that’s been going on for 50 years. The government and the rebels AKN the Farc are in negotiations to stop this war. The government estimates that there are between 5500 and 10,000 Farc fighters left which to me means they aren’t very strong. But the Government is willing to grant them amnesty and forego extradition of the ones involved in drug related offense in the US or the kidnapping of American citizens. When we negotiated with North Viet Nam to end the circumstances were similar we were stronger but politically it wasn’t practical to continue. But instead of coming away with a victory we allowed ourselves to be negotiated into what amounted to surrender. Both are Governments are in the process of repeating errors of our past and it doesn’t bode well for the future. This is Flounder saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.

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