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|User Info||The Gulf Between Civilized And Not; entered at 2012-02-29 19:23:58|
In the context of an ongoing policy of political/military domination of central asia, massive retaliation just says "even more bat**** crazy than you thought" and the result would be the constant prospect for the next 100 years of having an american city suitcase-nuked and with the logical retaliation/deterrent - mecca - already used. There was a reason America switched from a massive Retaliation to Mutually Assured Destruction approach during the cold war. Massive retaliation combined with a policy of isolationism and scrupulously fair dealing abroad could make some sense, but we have a lot of cockroaches in our own house we'd have to clean before that would be remotely possible. We're currently missing the "walk softly" part of the equation.|
As a matter of policy, the soldiers who treated the Koran like garbage ****ed up. International policy - via politics or military action - is the art of getting what you want for the minimum cost. Creating a situation KNOWN to antagonize people in the country you're trying to do nation-building in sabotages that policy. As private citizens in the US... knock yourselves out. Burn a whole pile of em. As soldiers deployed abroad & therefore as an implicit extension of the repubic, its goals, its policies... if anyone ordered it, they belong in the stockade. I don't care how politically correct or incorrect it was, firemen shouldn't pour gasoline on the fire they were sent to put out.
They could have just dumped the books in front of the nearest religious leader "Here, we don't need or want these, do what you like with them, bye"
That could have been done with virtually no effort. Better yet, they could have contacted the local religious leader saying how concerned they were about proper treatment and asking for help. A very effective CHEAP opportunity thrown away. They wouldn't have to MEAN it. Do you mean it when you slog through a swamp to catch the enemy from behind? Doesn't compute. You slog through the swamp to create the easiest victory.