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    Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

    by reflectionsv37 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:16:34 PM PST

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    •  maybe they had the same problem (0+ / 0-)

      that may be why no one went to save the statues
      You think?

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      by exlrrp on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:20:08 PM PST

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        Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

        by reflectionsv37 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:20:49 PM PST

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        •  Run right down and sign up for the unfantry (0+ / 0-)
          At the time, I felt that the countries of the world should have stopped them, taking whatever action was necessary
          Because the worlds cultures need fighting tigers like you

          such a bad idea, as history has proven so well. we don't do very well invading remote Islamic countries

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          by exlrrp on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:24:41 PM PST

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          •  infantry, tho unfantry is kind of funny (1+ / 0-)
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            by exlrrp on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:25:21 PM PST

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          •  I'm just a tad too old... (1+ / 0-)
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            to go sign up for the unfantry. Sorry to hear you see no reason to protect the history of mankind. Do you like burning books too?

            Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

            by reflectionsv37 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:28:24 PM PST

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            •  I see no reason for Americans to die for that art (0+ / 0-)

              (or anyone else)
              And you haven'tt given a good one yet
              Do you like burning Americans?

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              by exlrrp on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:31:01 PM PST

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              •  Buh bye!!! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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                Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

                by reflectionsv37 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 06:34:52 PM PST

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              •  September 11, 2001 (1+ / 0-)
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                It was perfectly clear that the Taliban would destroy the statues in Afghanistan when they said they would.

                And when they did it was perfectly clear that they'd help the Qaeda attack the US when they said they would.

                Then the Qaeda attacked us, and the world descended even further into living hell, from which it has not recovered for over a decade.

                If we had done something to protect the statues, we very likely would have nipped in the bud the same people who attacked us later. That is what it is to do the right thing: it has more than just immediately transactional benefits.

                I thought everyone in the US had learned that waiting too long costs too much. Evidently not.

                "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

                by DocGonzo on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 05:17:04 AM PST

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                •  So you think the Afghan war was a good thng? (0+ / 0-)
                  I thought everyone in the US had learned that waiting too long costs too much. Evidently not
                  I sure don't

                  When George W Bush got the idea to invade Afghnistan, it was a BAD idea as history has proven all too well.
                  When you and these other people talk about invading Afghanistan to protect Afghan Art from the Afghanis, its STILL  a bad idea

                  There's NO good reason to invade Afghanistan

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                  by exlrrp on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 05:23:10 AM PST

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                  •  I Didn't Say Invade (0+ / 0-)

                    But since you're the one insisting on it as if it were the only option, to reject it, you're saying we should have done nothing.

                    That was the bad option we took for years that led to our being attacked.

                    The lessons to be learned are to do something - and not to invade.

                    You are now insisting on the same course in Timbuktu. Good thing you have practically no influence on our foreign policy. Too bad too many others like you do.

                    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

                    by DocGonzo on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 04:18:04 PM PST

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      •  Unfortunately, you kind of lost your (1+ / 0-)
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        argument when you suggest that anything could have or would have been done from the inside in Afghanistan to save the Buddhas.  At that time, the country was under such tight Taliban control that people were getting shot for having television sets.  Neither an average citizen here nor there had the power or resources to stop the Taliban.  

        Afghanistan is a really broken society and our time there won't have changed a lot.  The people who have managed to survive thirty years of wars are by and large not prepared for modern life - the people who would have been in that country were either murdered or they fled the country.

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