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The Nairobi Siege Should Make Us Reflect

The four-day siege of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, near where I once lived, is a sobering reminder yet again, as if any were needed, of the vulnerability of open societies to a determined band of terrorists bent on doing evil.

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Echoes of Iraq, and Somalia, in Syria Intervention

Generals are always fighting the last war, or so the old adage goes.  I would add my own corollary; politicians are always trying to avoid the last war, especially when the last one has gone particularly badly. Read more about Echoes of Iraq, and Somalia, in Syria Intervention

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Thanks for the perspective and elucidation, Keith.
The US will be free of "other people's oil" by the end of this decade, and before that if we include our friendly Canadians as part of the home team. If those events are not game changers, they are at least attention diverters.
I think the Obama gang is getting the Syria response right--finally. Push for a removal of weapons with global support. Be ready to do "something more" if Syria doesn't follow through.
Bombing is not the right thing to do now.
But Obama certainly didn't look sharp getting us to this point.
Alison is now in Dublin and sends her regards.

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