'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Because, You Know, This Sort of Thing Has Worked So Well in the Past 

So Wolfowitz wants $500 million to build a network of "friendly militias", presumably, in places like the tribal areas of Pakistan: (from "A network of friendly militias to fight terror", AFP)

The Pentagon urged Congress Tuesday to authorize US$500 million for building a network of friendly militias around the world to purge terrorists from "ungoverned areas" and warned Muslim clerics against providing "ideological sanctuary" to radicals. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of the Iraq war, told the House Armed Services Committee the money would be used "for training and equipping local security forces-- not just armies -- to counter terrorism and insurgencies."

I think the key here is finding the really really friendly militias. Hey, I know, how about those Afghan jihadists who we funded and trained to fight the Soviets in the 80's? -- I wonder what those guys are up to? ...

(tip via Whatever It Is I'm Against It, which has a great name (Viva Groucho!))

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