Syria Update: Who Are These Iranian Hostages?
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  • Cunctator

    Nothing at all surprising about this. The US arrested Iranian Revolutionary Guard officials in Iraq, and just let them go. We all know that Iran is engaged in blackops all over the world: but few if any governments are prepared to do anything.

  • “The big takeaway from this intrigue is that the conflict in Syria increasingly involves other powers in the region, with an Iran-Hezbollah bloc squaring off against a pro-rebel side led by the Gulf sheikhs and Turkey.”

    Was it Kissinger that said “It’s a pity they can’t both lose”?

  • Here’s a question for Dr Mead:

    How much is islamism costing the world? My recollection from a govt Exec class @ Harvard was that Desert Storm cost the global economy about $80B. I’d bet the Iraq & Afgh wars – the result of islamism attacking infidels, supporting muslim homicide bombers, supporting islamism (taliban), are probably north of a couple of trillion $. Last report I read was that about 22 of the 25 wars globally right now are islamists fighting their infidel neighbors.

    So – what’s the cost of islamism? Does anyone care that these trillions could have been far better used in improving the human condition, but are utterly wasted on bullets, AvGas, tank fuel, body armor, etc., while engaged in fighting the 7th Century?

    Here’s one answer: The world needs those trillions far more than it needs a forced return to the 7th Century – and it’s time to lay it out to the islam powers that be, whether in riyadh, teheran, damascus, cairo, islamabad or wherever: Stop this crap or we’re going to nuke your major cities because you are holding bcak the entire world, but mostly the global poor, with your insanity.

    .. and then FOLLOW THROUGH.

    The world’s poor needs far more from the wealthy nations than generations of hot air and having their freedoms stolen or delayed by the barbaric backwardness of islamists. And it’s becoming increasingly difficult for the global Middle Class to create new anything while so much tax revenue is being spent on containing – rather than obliterating – islamists.

    After all, this wold be the ADULT thing to do. Keeping global peace as Great Powers once did.

  • A key question: Of what sex are these people?

    In my experience pilgrims to shrines tend to be female. (Haj to Mecca excepted.)

    Note to PCers: for “sex” read “gender.”

  • Kris

    “Iran has appealed … to get its citizens back”

    And released they must be! In due course. In the fullness of time. At the appropriate juncture. When the time is ripe. Say, in another 441 days?

  • Sam L.

    Yes, and the Crusades were religious tourism, too.

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