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    Just an average guy who is entertained by controversy. Reflecting on memories, appreciating the past.
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  1. The situation was already pretty bad, but they are really pushing the envelope in these detention camps. Now they have these cotton factories built inside these camps. So they pull these Muslims off the street and put them into a camp outside of their will. Now they're constructing factories inside these camps. Unbelievable.
  2. Shia chat has entered a sad state if it's lead posters are referencing false claims of a joe biden pedophile circle (basically pizza gate version 2.0) and "the alt world dot com". As a generally secular man, there are few times I'd say this in life. Based on this above perspective, you could use Jesus in your life. Jesus teaches us of love, care and even grace for those who are broken. And that, believe it or not, includes people of ISIS, and Americans, and Iraqis, and of every human being on earth. What you're proposing here is quite contrary. Like you want to see people di
  3. These all just seem like conspiracy theories. The Iraqi military going around killing its own people, America not dropping thousands of bombs on ISIS, Iraqis somehow defeating ISIS without foreign aid etc. It's one thing to be upset about a foreign presence. And to voice that. It's another thing to suggest that Iraq had the situation under control and never needed the aid. Or further to suggest that many Iraqis didn't call for aid. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/world/middleeast/iraqi-leader-seeks-additional-aid-in-isis-fight.html https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-2
  4. I think this is somewhat of a straw-man response. We can agree to disagree.
  5. If the US were hypothetically overrun by religious radicals that went around beheading people of other religions and other nations, and our own nation's security force were incapable of stopping them, I'd be inclined to seek out foreign support. And to be fair, many Iraqis have and continue to still support the US presence. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/10/world/middleeast/iraq-isis-strategic-dialogue-troops.html Here's a recent article suggesting continued interest in a US presence by Iraq's military. If the US did leave (again) and if Iraq were subsequently overrun by ISIS
  6. Did their prime minister ever even approve of this? I recall large swaths of parliament walking out on this vote, and no time table being set. But despite the above, these drawdowns are still unfolding none the less, and so long as militias and ISIS don't give the US reason to stay, they'll happen. And none of the above changes the understanding that America did leave. But the country became overrun with ISIS, which guaranteed the US return.
  7. American Allies in Iraq, do want the US there. As do regional allies. I think America, and really many countries, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia, adjacent nation's, other nations of europe, will all continue to be wrapped up in the middle east for generations to come. And remember, America largely removed it's presence during the Obama administration, only to have the country basically overtaken by ISIS, prompting a return. Now we see American troops drawn down, but still ongoing rocket attacks from militia, but people sound surprised when the US uses drones to strike back. ht
  8. May be in response to the attacks earlier this month. https://www.npr.org/2021/02/15/968182912/rockets-kill-civilian-contractor-injure-u-s-service-member-others-in-erbil-iraq
  9. I suspect that there is some internal influence. If they actually exist, it could be those "home grown leopards" or whoever they are.
  10. My prediction has always been that Biden would win, as noted months ago here on SC and here we are today. Donald Trump was always more of an experimental presidency, than he was an establishment figure. A second term was never meant to be.
  11. The first video above can be found at youtubes DonExodus2 channel. He has many videos on evolution, and parts 1, 3 and 4 to proof of evolution, which I did not post above.
  12. I've always appreciated the following: Common descent, that modern day mammals descended from reptiles, descended from amphibians, descended from fish, descended from worms etc. Is widely accepted, and even accepted by some intelligent design advocates like Michael Behe. How that descent occurs us always being updated with more and more discoveries which fine tune the theory. But for practical purposes, nobody really questions evolution as a whole. And, the fact that we can use the theory and can use genes in modern day living species, to make precise predictio
  13. It sounds like Macron described Islam as a religion in crisis. There is a battle going on over what Islam is. And unfortunately, extremists, always speak louder than average Muslims.
  14. An interesting film on China's covert camps: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/china-undercover/ https://youtu.be/wM1DjkPWtj0
  15. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-bahrain-security/bahrain-says-it-foils-terrorist-attack-backed-by-iran-media-idUSKCN26B0PH?il=0 In case anyone missed this one, The lines are being drawn in the sand. Bahrain says foiled 'terrorist attack' backed by Iran in early 2020
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