Join a Discussion on U.S. Engagement With Muslim Communities Worldwide

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 2, 2010
Conversations With America Join a Discussion on U.S. Engagement With Muslim Communities Worldwide

Update: Watch the live broadcast here.

On Friday, July 9, 2010, Steven Clemons, Director of the New America Foundation's American Strategy Program will hold a conversation with Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, on the United States' engagement with Muslim communities around the world. The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Benton, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Public Affairs. The event will be streamed live on DipNote, the Department of State's official blog, at 11:15 a.m. (EDT). You will have the opportunity to participate through the submission of questions, some of which will be selected for response during the live broadcast. Submit your questions now here on DipNote.

This is the third in the new "Conversations with America" video series recently launched by the Bureau of Public Affairs in which the State Department's senior leadership holds monthly conversations live online with leaders of prominent non-governmental organizations. Discussion topics include foreign policy and global issues. The forums provide views of how leaders from the foreign affairs community engage the Department on pressing foreign policy issues and how both the U.S. government and civil society are working across the globe on issues that concern Americans most.

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Joyce R.
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Florida, USA
July 8, 2010

Joyce R. in Florida writes:

When is the US going to realize that we have to effectively deal with the plight of the Palestinian people? Our one-sided total support of Israeal, no matter what they do, feeds the fear and resentment felt by the Muslims in many countries. Just as Israeal has a right to exist and a right to self defense, so also the Palestinians have a right to exist and a right to self defense. Why can't we see that our own middle east policies are alienating people - many of whom used to love America. It's time for us to promote peace, not more wars.

Jay M.
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Virginia, USA
July 8, 2010

Jay M. in Virginia writes:

How do plan to address the view that Muslim communities worldwide tend to be viewed by non-Muslim peoples as monolithic?

How do you address the diversity of worldwide Muslim communities? As examples, neither racially or linguistically are Afghani's Saudi, and vice versa. A Bangladeshi friend terms Afghan treatment of young women "nasty." She is unafraid if her head scarf slips while at work. She does not wear a face veil. In terms of educational attainment, the Iraqi population as a general rule, far excels that of the Somali population

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 8, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@OC, I was busy lighting a sparkler in the Dipnote staff's honor for all they do for us.

Technicly it was a long weekend, and I'm trying to find a different way of thinking about "forced retirement" at the hands of banksters and long term unemployment after 30 years in construction without a vacation...ever.

But I have to say just on a personal level that I'm not here to feed the squirrels OC.

It isn't addiction at work, just my way of giving my gov. some return on its investment in preserving my continuity of being in hard times.

Now I'd like you to take a good close look at how WW1 started and you will find that it doesn't take 2 to start a war, only one. One bullet started that war, and so your premis doesn't hold water in general application.

Did we take bin laden seriously when he declarted war on the US? No, it took 9/11 to convince us he was serious.

Did we start it?, no we didn't. Did it take 2? No, only one with a twisted ideology and others to follow it.

I understand you believe this nation to be so great, all powerful, and influential to the point that if anything bad happens in the world it must be our fault for not having dealt with it properly. But you give the American government too much credit and therefore have some unreasonable expectation that we can just snap our fingers and terrorism will be a thing of the past.

When it involves doing the hard thing for as long as it takes. That doesn't meet with your instant gratification ideals apparently, but that dog lies on your doorstep, not mine.

For the only reason evil exists is that good people like youself fail to do anything about it except whine to people like me that I must somehow be "evil" for trying to get the problem solved the only way it can be with those who are irreconcilable to the concept of peaceful coexistance.

So the next time you imply that about me personally I'm going to register a formal complaint with the editor of this blog.

Don't get cute with me again.

Victoria
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Arizona, USA
July 8, 2010

Victoria in Arizona writes:

Why would the Muslems want to build a "cultural center" at ground Zero Isn't one Mosque at a religious historic poiont enough. Do we really have to remember for generations to come as to who brought the Twin Towers down though we don't understand why 3,000 had to die?

Flavius
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Virginia, USA
July 8, 2010

Flavius in Virginia writes:

Oh my.

Certainly you are aware O.C. didn't mean anything by that?

Methinks thou dost protest too much.

"Dont get cute with me again."

Or? You're going to hunt her down and kill her?

It is in posts like that that I don't just think you're wrong, Eric. I think you are a bully.

And you can quote me to the editor on that.

OysterCracker
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United States
July 8, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

@Eric,
The cuteness part lies only in your mind. Can you honestly tell me that overthrowing democratically elected leaders has endeared a kind, warm and fuzzy feeling from others we are trying to influence? Your notion of bombing people into submission is old hat and doesn't work. You have to win over people's hearts and minds and be seen as a positive influence on their society. Your gangbusters style hasn't worked in Afghanistan. Why not try a different approach? Honestly, you really should try to chill a bit.

OysterCracker
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United States
July 8, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

@Eric,
The evil dog reference wasn't a personal response directed at you. You completely misunderstood that point.

J. M.
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Georgia
July 8, 2010

J.P.M. in Georgia (U.S.A.) writes:

This is in reference to the DipNote broadcast. We are often seen as promoting democracy which to many Muslims in underdeveloped countries is just another world for imperial dominance of peoples and their resources.What strategies are being employed to convince Muslim communities that the US has our mutual best interests at heart?

Ellen R.
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California, USA
July 8, 2010

Ellen R. in California writes:

Wouldn't it help relations with US Muslims as well as with many Muslims globally if the US took Hamas off the terrorist list where it doesn't belong since it has accepted the two-state solution and renounced suicide bombing since 2004 and since it is very good at observing ceasefires with Israel and at convincing the small parties that were shooting Qassam rockets at Israel not to shoot them. Wouldn't it be appropriate to accept Hamas as part of the peace process?

Frances B.
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New York, USA
July 8, 2010

Frances B. in New York writes:

My concerns are the status of women and
the lack of religious freedom in many Muslim countries. I generally support our global initiatives but would like to see some progress on these basic human rights as a condition for more collaboration between the United States and Muslim countries. It is distressing to see American women diplomats and journalists swathed in scarves when they visit places like Saudi Arabia. It is not simply a matter of courtesy but rather a very negative message to Muslim women who seek the basic human rights that are their due. They need to see strong professional women who will advocate for progress in all repressive societies and not appear to give a pass to some countries for political reasons.
Thank you for the opportunity to write in.

Judith F.
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Oregon, USA
July 8, 2010

Judith F. in Oregon writes:

Are Muslims told in the Koran to kill Christians and Jews? I have read this in the Koran. Why if God told Cain that he was punished for killing Able; why if God killed almost all of humanity in a flood because they were violent and regretted making man for this reason; why if David was not allowed to build the Temple because of his bloodshed; why if it says not to kill in the 10 commandments and these are also holy texts for you and you believe them; why then would it make sense to you that God wanted you to kill anyone? God made all of us in His image. God created and He did not want us to destroy his creation. He did not want us to kill. He wanted us to love and be at peace with each other. And then next question:

Why if you are going to kill Christians and Jews would America, in good faith, let any Muslim live in America?

Syed K.
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United States
July 8, 2010

Syed K. in the U.S.A. writes:

USA and NATO forces should pull out from Afghanistan and Iraq. $ 60 billion/month spent there is not worth it. Same money can be used in US to create jobs, in particular on Home Land Security. It will solve two purpose, one unemployment can be reduced from 10 % to normal 4-5 % and our borders will be more secure from any external or internal threats.
USA should use the soft power to improve situations in Afghanistan and Iraq.
A just solution of Arab Israel problem. Israel can pull back to 1967 border and all Arab countries should recognise Israel. Craete a soreign Palestinian state.
This way we in US can live in peace and we will be respected in the world. We can be cosidered as real peace makers and not the bully of the world as the entire world considers us now.
Part of the war money can be spent on energy research, finding alternative sources and in harnessing the sun. That way we will be self sufficient in energy and will not send our young men and women to die in strange lands for the greed of our oil.
Most important is the limit on media. They always associate muslims and Islam with terrorism. Freedom of press is not being used in a responsible way. They should pay some penalty if associating muslims with terrorism. There may not be even one in millions, and if the above steps are taken I am sure there will not be a single terrorist.
US government should pass some laws against irresponsible media reports.
If all that happens, we as well as the world will live in peace and we will progress in our economy, education, social and cultural lfe style.

OysterCracker
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United States
July 8, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

@Eric,
Dipnote didn't publish my last reply. Sorry my comment wasn't directed at you personally. You misunderstood my comment. To me, I can't see what years of bombing and wars has achieved in advancing democracy around the world and it doesn't seem to be helping in Afghanistan either. If you want to win the hearts and minds of a people you need to wholeheartedly support them in gaining the freedoms they desire which is usually a good job, good education and healthcare. If we change our foreign policy, as we seem to be doing to help other countries attain these freedoms, we will be succesful. The whole military approach is no longer relevant to the massive disparities that exist in the world today. America is better than its past history. We should be exporting the best of our culture and gently persuading countries to join in and believe in their bright, exciting future.
"Cuteness" is in the mind of the beholder and is a relative concept.

Fred M.
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United States
July 8, 2010

Fred M. in the U.S.A. writes:

TO BE STRONG ON ISRAEL, YOU HAVE TO BE HARSH TO THE PALESTINIANS.

Wrong, and counterproductive to boot. One popular way for members of Congress to earn their pro-Israel stripes is to come down as hard as possible on the Palestinians, by using economic and diplomatic pressure or giving the Israelis a freer hand for military strikes.

That may satisfy some primal urge to lash out at Israel's foes, but it does Israel more harm than good.

As Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has argued, Israel's survival depends on offering the Palestinians a more hopeful future built on political sovereignty and economic development.

As long as Palestinians despair of a decent and dignified life, Israel will be at war. And as long as the only channel for the Palestinians' ingenuity is building better rockets, not even the Great Wall of China will protect Israel's cities from their wrath.

Helping the Palestinians achieve a viable, prosperous state is one of the most pro-Israel things an American politician can do.

Ghida
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California, USA
July 8, 2010

Ghida in California writes:

Hello,

This is a great blog. I am really grateful to the opportunity to voice my concerns or/and questions. I am not sure if it ok to ask questions or if this will have the chance to be answered in the broadcast or by e-mail. I approached the US department of state in June through their website regarding this question and I did not get any response yet. I heard that Muslim women who wears head covers in Lebanon are being asked to show their ears and hair tip in the photos when they apply for any US visa. They are also denied interviews if they did not comply. I checked the US embassy website for Lebanon and they don't mention this in their website for photo specification. However, this is being requested when Muslim women go to apply for a visa. They are given a paper written in Arabic which specify these things. This contradicts the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution. I was wondering if I can have the US department if State response on this issue or if I can be directed to the right person or department to know how to deal with this issue. I appreciate the help and time that will be given to this issue. Thanks.

OysterCracker
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United States
July 8, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

@Flavius,
You just crack me up beyond belief. So refreshing on this drab, overcast day.

Sulaiman S.
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Germany
July 8, 2010

Sulaiman S. in Germany writes:

Dear Mrs. Secretary,

There are a lot of muslims who don´t hesitate to work with the US government everywhere in the world. I for example would love to offer my language skills to fight international terrorism for I see it as a great danger for muslims and the western countries. Why is there still this bright reservance in US government offices to recruit muslims for the Army, the State Dep., the FBI, the CIA etc....

For example there is this big issue that one can not enter the armed forces without a Greencard or a US citizenship....but to obtain a GC for this purpose is not possible because joining in the armed forces is still a non-eligibility criteria to obtain a GC, although US laws have been changed to enable DoD officials to recruit personell overseas who have skills vital to national interests....Why doesn´t anyone make use of this kind of laws and what are your intentions to regualte this better....

Please send me an answer to my Email account as well...

Thank you and may God help your nation in this important but hard fight....

Best regards,
sulaiman

Rebeca H.
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Connecticut, USA
July 8, 2010

Rebeca H. in Connecticut writes:

What will you do to combat the widespread ignorance about Islam and all the Islamophobic hysteria?

Just look at so many of the comments on this page. People sincerely believe that Islam is not compatible with democracy, that Muslim women are oppressed, that Muslims want to fight people of other faiths, and that they condone terrorism. Muslims know this is outrageous, but it seems their outreach efforts have not been widespread enough. How will you get the message across to Americans who are severely misinformed and therefore unable to make wise policy decisions?

Sulaiman S.
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Germany
July 8, 2010

Sulaiman S. in Germany writes:

Hello, my question is as simple as it can be:

As a muslim I would like to know:When do we happen to witness the iron- fist- of- freedom strike against the satanic regime in Iran. The muslim communities worldwide - the muslim community as a whole- is like a patient that has been befallen by cancer. And this cancerous desease needs to be therapied, by way of radiation....So when is the Radiologist (United states and Israel) going to cure the muslm nation and their own interests as well from this cancer? This will be a greater day for the world than the Day of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Why are muslim communities not working with western law enforcement agencies to stop terrorist? Why are they still feeling that this would be a betrayal of any kind whatsoever? Don´t we see that terror is also a danger to us, not only to the non-muslims?

OysterCracker
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United States
July 8, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

Thanks Fred M.,
So well expressed. I wish Israel and Palestine would cooperate on mutual agricultural projects, businesses. The more they work together the stronger alliance they'd form. They need to substitute war profits and bomb manufacturing with something like medical supply production, energy projects or tourism.

TTS
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Virginia, USA
July 8, 2010

T.T.S. in Virginia writes:

Please tell us why the west should allow even partial FGM in America. Muslim communities, especially the men of those communities, are proponents of this surgical procedure performed on little girls which limits their ability to experience full sexual pleasure as women.

TTS
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Virginia, USA
July 8, 2010

T.T.S. in Virginia writes:

It is wonderful that Muslims can expect to be treated fairly in America but why do they not return the favor to ethnic and religious minorities, especially in Pakistan and Afganistan? They are considered to be second class citizens and cannot hold a job higher in status than a Muslim.

Victoria
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Arizona, USA
July 8, 2010

Victoria in Arizona writes:

TO BE STRONG ON ISRAEL, YOU HAVE TO BE HARSH TO THE PALESTINIANS. Wrong. The Palestinians have to throw Hamas out the door or window whichever comes first together with their Jihadist friends. Palestinians have to recognize Israel's right to exist and start putting Israel into their school text books. Hamas has to permit Palestinians to work in Israel and earn good money. But Hamas does not permit that any more. Harsh on the Palestinians, no! Hamas is doing enough harshness on these unfortunate people.

Douglas P.
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Oregon, USA
July 8, 2010

Douglas J.P. in Oregon writes:

My question would be... Since Christians, Jews and Muslims all worship the same GOD from the old testiment what would be a agreeable way to unite all religions through the understanding of Gods laws not the interpitation of those laws by man? The Universe is a big place good is good, love is love and jeaulosy and hate are just what they are. Cannt we come together and show God how much beauty and forgivness the human race has and live up to mankinds true potential to make this planet a great place to live not just for humans but for all of gods creatures and creation? How is the best way to pose such a question that it would touch the hearts and minds of all? God and good Bless this planet. Douglas J.P.
July 2 at 3:48pm
Now once the common energy of good and God is understood there are basics of humanity to turn our attention to. What are your ideals for the future? Your hopes dreams inspirations? How do you see your children and famillys living Gods will if this where paradise we are living in now? What if you became all you could be and the world could be as beautiful as it really by rights should be? How would you bridge the gap between muslims and the rest of the world as brothers of one God? Good and God bless.
Douglas J.P.
What are you ideas for bringing gods will to this planet? What actions can the muslim community as a whole unite on to show the world how to be better by example? Are there community actions that can be taken say in europe like a day of doing good will and gods will on the planet? Maybe as simple as cleaning u the streets or helping poor people to show even the hardest of hearts a smile. After my travels of the world I have come to a conclusion. It is not the color of a mans skin, the slickness of his tongue or the shape and size of his eyes or body...but it is the color of your soul and your very GOD heart that matters. The real living angels from God on this planet are alone only surrounded by sick twisted freaks...is this what we as humans want to show GOD? Is there even one who will stand up for justice rightiosness and show GOD that mankind is not a failed race, a disease ir parasite to this planet? The last question is for Hillary Clinton hopeing she will free me of the chains that bind... Most people already have beliefs...its not that where the disagreements come in. Its using differant words or languages to explain the exact same thing that all the problems come in. Most people...not all Ive met real evil right here in the states...ex cops and oregon...but most want to be good, want to be happy, want to have self worth respect and the ability to live free... Its when someone is forced to have no chance or normal way to live and see no hope for a way out that they resort to violance...normally anyway. Some people are violant by nature but that shows up in the way they treat the animals...In my opinion. It starts with a hope and dream of a future....without that everyone just keeps blowing up everyone and he with the biggest and best bombs win? Thats not a solution for long term peace anywhere it only leads to licling your wounds and waiting for another day...wich the mideast has quite the history of. Its only chance is through the vision of seeing a future with dreams of you children and famillies living with a common goal...like saving the planet or space exploration or,or,or
What would it take to create a war free zone as a experiment in the middle east? I would think Israelis could help turn some of the palastinians land into a food bascket and show a good and God heart to muslims and the muslims could help with the land and all europe and usa could come together with ideas to transform a patch of the desert into a beautiful oasis with all mankind pulling together to make a little one world community for the people by the people without the governments ideas for division in the way? A new garden of eden so to speak! Does anyone like this idea? Please respond. Then by example Israelis muslims and christians ... Buddas also.. Could unite and try to see if we as a species can make this world happen!
July 3 at 11:38am ·
I created or God gave me a free energy machine that would do just that. Instead of a thank you steve ahlbergs group...head of specal warfare for bill clinton liked to steal everythng I ever worked my life for and give me a cureable disease to die, MRSA staph infectiion. So I know it s completely possible through God.

Theresa A.
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New York, USA
July 8, 2010

Theresa A. in New York writes:

Hi,Ask the people in Pakistan if they want a McDonald's or Starbucks ? We need our troop here!!! Now more then ever. Can we talk about that? 47 Hospitals closed in N.Y in the last 4 years. More then that in Ca. What are we fighting for?????? Just like Nam

Sam B.
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Iran
July 9, 2010

Sam B. in Iran writes:

I read audience's note, some of us wrote down our personal ideas with a lot of useful questions, to sum up, we all be caught of theology!
In analysis these conflicts, you can judge who is convict? substantially we have a common enemy, Iran!

The Israel and Palestine's problem, the war in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq's fight, especially those suicide bombing , that all originating of the Islamic Republic of Iran; if the world community essay to upset this agitator, it'll solve the P worry between Muslims and the west world.

Thank You

Marie-Sophie H.
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France
July 9, 2010

Marie-Sophie G.H. in France writes:

"MUSLIM COMMUNITIES" is this really the theme of conversation?: As long as each does respect the other,worldwide, that's good as we all were 12 different brotheren tribes under "Divine command" -Now when it comes to Israel and Palestine, all it comes to is this:"HOW WILL YOU/WE RESOLVE THEIR WATER ISSUE" Some documentaries suggest bringing it along from the red sea to the dead sea,but no matter what project lays ahead, it is a very tough call when you figure the geographical shape of Israel plainly trapped in the middle which is probably one of the essential reasons why this country feels constant threats to its borders with little realistic solutions for PEACE and consequently apeasement to its neighbouring states where Muslims tend to confuse territorial property with spiritual one. Amen!

Jillian Y.
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Massachusetts, USA
July 9, 2010

Jillian C.Y. in Massachusetts writes:

I am incredibly offended by President Obama's recent comments that his outreach toward the Muslim community is "designed precisely to reduce the antagonism and the dangers posed by a hostile Muslim world to Israel and to the West."

I find that comment to be so far fetched from the reality of Israel's antagonism toward Palestine. The majority of the Muslim world is not "hostile" toward the West, and anger (though certainly not violent actions) toward Israel is most often justified by Israel's actions toward innocent civilians in Gaza and the West Bank.

I would like to see President Obama apologize to the Muslim community for that statement. Any outreach toward Muslims should be geared toward bridging gaps and creating understanding, and most importantly: listening to actual concerns from the community, rather than pretending to understand them.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 9, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@Marie-Sophi,

Here's a plan; Get a dozen super-tankers or more, outfit them with temperature regulation in the hold, and on-board pumping capacity with a heater on the end of the intake pipe, sail down to Antartica and tap into the calving ice shelves directly before they melt.

That's a lot less expensive way to assure fresh water for all than fighting over it.

It's free for the taking if you have the means to go get it.

A dozen tankers would assure a continuous supply of the purest drinking water on Earth for a whole lot of folks. A hundred in opperation would be ideal.

Right now folks in MENA region are tapping into aquifers under the Sahara that can't be replaced and will eventually become contaminated by sea water as the levels drop, and that is occuring today in some areas.

I honestly don't see another viable long term solution for you than this.

Desalinization plants can only go so far to meet the need.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 9, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@Suliman in Germany and Sam B. in Iran,

Good to see you back on the blog Saman, and I guess the best way to answer Suliman's question of when the hammer gets dropped on Iran is when there's no other alternative.

Defense Sec. Gates yesterday stated clearly that this nation is doing everything it can to prevent a major conflict from starting in the region.

Every conflict we've been involved in for the last few decades (Grenada and Panama aside) have been in support of Muslim's right to live in peace. The liberation of Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, stopping genicide in the Balkans. It's not too hard to figure out who your friends are when the going gets rough under tyrany.

Sometimes that action has come better late than never in the minds of many.

Even so, we have a pretty consistant track record regardless if we anger some by considering Israel to be worthy of that same support for their existance.

Muslims have called for an "even handed approach" and I submit they've had that as US policy for some time where it concerns the common welfare of everyone in the region.

If it comes down to the point where my nation has to eliminate Iran's capacity to make war directly or by proxi, it won't look like Hiroshima or Nagasaki, that I can assure you of.

Back in '38 folks were doing everything they possibly could to prevent a major conflict in Europe, and hell was paved with the best of intent.

I don't know how much longer we can wait to prevent that from happening today, but we are dealing with a carbon copy mindset of Hitler's.

As a nation, America was completely unprepared to meet that threat in '38, but that is not the case today.

50 million died because the world didn't have its act together enough to prevent that from happening. Today the international community struggles to do so.

From a practical and pragmatic understanding of what it will take to eliminate Iran's offensive missile capability, including Hisbollah's, the only way to prevent launch on warning is to destroy any guidance systems on board.

At light speed, without warning.

The only way to do that is through a byproduct of nuclear detonation called EMP (electro-magnetic pulse) and it's never been tried on a national scale.

It's perhaps the only way to castrate the regime without killing a lot of folks outright.

Because nuclear detonation at 200 miles up won't contaminate the environment, it'[s at the edge of space far above the troposphere and not even gamma rays will pass through that much atmosphere, but EMP will. Just like a very strong solar flare will shut off electrical grids as it did in Canada some years back, it is the same type of electro-magnetic energy discharge with the same effect.

Depending on the strength of the amplitude of the pulse both low frequency and high (low frequency blows open circuit breakers and the high frequency fries the electronics all down the line).

Everything and anything in Iran with a circuit board will cease to function instantaneously.

Lights out. Back to horse and buggy days for years before the infrastructure can be repaired.

When you're in the buisiness of protecting populations, it becomes nessesary to seek alternatives to traditional means of warfare if it cannot be avoided.

There's some 300 million at risk at present in the region, every one of them within range of Iranian missiles, their biological programs, as well as their intent to put a nuke on a missile, (actually about 100 before they declare themselves a nuclear power, if they don't simply nuke themselves and blame it on us or the Israeli's first, Nantez being expendable for such political purposes).

I personally think that we have a ways to go yet before we need to take such action, or any military action at all, but that could change at any moment.

Thing a lot of folks are concerned about is the interdiction of shipping included in the new sanctions, and from my perspective the thing our navy needs to be most concerned with is a trojan horse.

A ship filled with amonium nitrate or explosives set off deliberately while inspection is underway.

It's a real easy way to block shipping in the Persian Gulf for months clearing the wreckage off the bottom, including sunken US warships.

Such an event would be in the explosive yield range of a tactical nuclear weapon.

Port Arthur, Texas suffered an accident during WW2 of a munitions ship going up, setting off another one beside it and the resulting explosion blew an entire loaded freight train twenty yards off its tracks and destroyed the port as completely as if an atomic bomb had been dropped on it.

I suggest therefore that our navy interdict suspect vessels at a stand-off distance of at least 1000 yards, and don't take any chances.

Whatever we do, don't direct the vessel into the nearest port before inspection.

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